Some students, it seems, do not really understand what the syllabus is and what it is for. This podcast has interesting suggestions on how to approach them better so as to communicate something genuinely important and meaningful, and to do so in an effective manner.
Apologies if this post falls into the “too soon” category. Grading is not even finished for some people, and already I’m talking about preparing syllabuses?!
Of related interest, here is a link to a podcast about six essential learning strategies, which really do live up to that name, and yet are not emphasized as much as they deserve to be.