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In this conversation, Dr. Cynthia Cravens, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, discusses the implicit meanings of a syllabus and the ways in which it can be an invitation into a relationship with a faculty member, a course, or an entire discipline.

"Moving the Needle," a podcast produced by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, delivers frank conversations with instructors, learners, leaders, and creators about all things teaching and learning. Join the conversation at or subscribe on Apple or Google Podcast.

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