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New Million-Syllabi Repository Could Reveal Trends in Teaching

By Ben Wieder

A new database is extending the life of the syllabus beyond the first day of class.

Dan Cohen, director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, hopes the repository of one million syllabi he posted today on his Web site will help fuel academic scholarship.

“What this provides is a really large cross-section of teaching,” he says.

The database is culled from more than a million searches made by users of Mr. Cohen’s Syllabus Finder, a service he created in 2002, and hosted on the center’s site, that allowed users to search for syllabi and information contained within them.

The database contains all of the syllabi retrieved through the Syllabus Finder from July 2002 until September 2009, when changes to Google’s search function disabled the program.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/new-million-syllabi-repository-could-reveal-trends-in-teaching/30687

Visit Syllabus Finder at: http://chnm.gmu.edu/syllabus-finder/syllabi/

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