- The Syllabus Template (updated August 2020) provides a guide for developing an effective and learner-centered syllabus and outlines the required elements and policy statements of each syllabus for USI courses. The Fall 2020 template includes new statements regarding COVID-19 safety and online materials (August 2020) and shortened university statements, new statements on academic continuity and integrity, and a recommended civility and inclusion statement.
- Detailed University Syllabus Statements are found within the Syllabus Template and on the Provost's Office website.
- Guidance for Faculty for Fall 2020 from the Provost's Office is available.
Designing an Effective Syllabus
- DIY Syllabus. Gannon, K. (2016). ChronicleVitae; and How to Create a Syllabus. Gannon, K. (2019). The Chronicle of Higher Education.
This 3-part series and interactive guide take a faculty perspective on developing our course syllabus while considering how to make the syllabus an entry point and invitation to the course for our students.
- Creating the Foundation for a Warm Classroom Climate. Harnish, R.J. et al. (2011). Association for Psychological Science Observer.
This teaching tip article provides examples of how to transform syllabus statements into warm and inviting communication to your students.
- Constructing a Learner-Centered Syllabus: One Professor's Journey. Richmond, A. (2016). IDEA Center Paper #60.
This paper provides example learner-centered components and a self-assessment.
- A Learner-Centered Syllabus Helps Set the Tone for Learning. Bart, M. (2015). Faculty Focus.
This highlights features of a learner-centered syllabus and provides prompts to incorporate them.
- The 3 Essential Functions of Your Syllabus, Part 2. Lang, J. (2015).The Chronicle of Higher Education.
This article offers strategies to help ensure that students read and become familiar with the syllabus.
- Tip: Creative Syllabi. Bayraktar, B. (2020).
Suggestions for visually communicating your syllabus components.
- Seven Ways to Make Your Syllabus More Relevant. Moore, C. (2019). Faculty Focus.
This offers design elements to help students relate to the syllabus content, prepare them for the course, and focus on the learning goals ahead.
Developing Learning Outcomes
Considering Accessibility and Inclusion