Syllabus Preparation Resources

Syllabus Templates

Washington University of St. Louis Syllabus Template

https://teachingcenter.wustl.edu/resources/course-design/syllabus-template/

CU Accessible Template

http://www.colorado.edu/accessibility/resources/universally-designed-syllabus-materials

Course Description

Consider:

  • Targeted students (level, preparedness)
  • University Requirements (catalog description)
  • Searchability
  • Keep it concise

Include:

  • Important keywords!
  • Genre of primary texts
  • Time periods
  • Prerequisites

Learning Goals

Writing Learning Goals

http://depts.washington.edu/learning/coursegoals.html

Graphic Display of Learning Goals (don’t forget to have an accessible version)

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/graphic-display-of-student-learning-objectives/27863

Policies

Expected level of preparation for class (including time)

Encourage notetaking

https://hilt.harvard.edu/files/hilt/files/notetaking_0.pdf

Electronic devices

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/17/474525392/attention-students-put-your-laptops-away

Classroom atmosphere – respectful communication and inclusive classrooms

Absences (clearly delineate what it means to make up the work for an excused absence)

Learning Research and Myths

Persistent Myths

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/03/22/520843457/you-probably-believe-some-learning-myths-take-our-quiz-to-find-out