Synchronous Teaching Toolkit

This instructional resource was developed to help faculty create a syllabus with elements relevant to teaching a synchronous online course at UIC. The syllabus template is organized into sections that you might consider including in your syllabus. Attention was paid to suggesting language for each section that conveys a welcoming tone and helps to create an ethos of inclusion, academic integrity, and community in your class. Additional resources include the COVID-19 syllabus statements, part or all of which you may consider adding to your syllabus this fall, and an inclusive syllabus checklist, which is a tool to help instructors incorporate syllabus elements that communicate your intention to foster an inclusive learning environment. The Synchronous Teaching Toolkit also serves as a resource hub where faculty can directly connect to educational technology resources and support in ACCC relevant to synchronous instruction.

Syllabus Template for Online Synchronous Courses

The syllabus template is a teaching guide that includes suggested language for a broad array of issues and contingencies that may be relevant to your class.  You may utilize any of the language therein for your syllabus.

Additional resources to support your syllabus development:

General tips when designing your syllabus

Guidelines for creating an inclusive syllabus


Create Syllabus

Planning for Synchronous Instruction

The Learning Technology Solutions (LTS) team at ACCC has developed many resources to support courses being taught synchronously, i.e. in a live, virtual classroom.

A virtual classroom is an online learning environment that allows for live interaction between the instructor and the learners as they are participating in learning activities. The most common tools you can find in a virtual classroom are videoconferencing, screen sharing, online whiteboard for real-time collaboration, chat tool, and breakout rooms. Immediate communication favors relationship building within the group, as well as a sense of community.

If you are new to teaching online and plan on using synchronous tools, be sure to review the module Using a Virtual Classroom in the Basic Steps of Teaching Online Tutorial.

Plan Instruction