Syllabus Toolkit for Fall 2020

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to designing a syllabus. The structure of a course syllabus will differ depending on instructor, course topic, departmental policies and practices, and institutional guidelines. However, there are ways to structure a syllabus that are more effective than others.

A syllabus serves many purposes and is more than a simple contract or informational document for your students. Your syllabus should:

  • Welcome students to your course
  • Provide essential information (such as the learning objectives, required prerequisites, required course materials, and relevant course/departmental/college policies) to help students self-assess their readiness for the course and decide if the course is a good fit for their educational goals
  • Outline the students’ responsibilities for successful coursework and describe the methods of assessment, which are the strategies by which student progress towards proficiency with the learning objectives will be evaluated and how/when the information will be provided to students
  • Serve as a resource for students throughout the course to keep track of due dates, assignments, expectations, and available resources outside the classroom to support their well-being and academic success
  • Set the broader context for learning while helping your colleagues understand how your course aligns with the curriculum for impacted majors; for example, this information might be used for departmental curriculum mapping and accreditation purposes.

This syllabus tool kit contain templates devised to help you structure your entire syllabus in ways that communicate critical information to your students about how to succeed in your course. Please select the syllabus template based on the course type of your scheduled class(es). Course types offered in Fall 2020 are described in links provided below.

The COVID-19 SYLLABUS STATEMENTS is a supplement to the template that pays special attention to procedures and resources relevant to instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider adding these elements to your syllabus this fall. This faculty resource was created by the Provost’s Fall 2020 Academic Planning Task Force.