- The Syllabus Template (.docx file updated August 8, 2023) provides a guide for developing an effective and learner-centered syllabus and outlines the required elements and policy statements for the USI course syllabus.
- August 2023: added recommended Safety procedures and updated links.
- May 2023: updated links and Institutional Equity Office (Title IX and Affirmative Action) contact information
- April 2023: added a suggested AI Tools Teaching and Academic Integrity syllabus statement.
- The template highlights the recent changes and includes comments with guidance and links to more information.
- Detailed University Syllabus Statements (university policies) are included within the Syllabus Template and available on the Provost's Office website.
Resources for Developing the Syllabus
- Course Objectives & Learning Outcomes. DePaul University Teaching Commons.
This webpage guides you through writing outcomes and provides helpful examples.
- Writing Learning Intended Outcomes. Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.
This provides guidance and examples on writing course learning outcomes.
- Tip: Writing Learning Outcomes. Bayraktar, B. (2021).
Simple explanations and tips on writing outcomes: "What do students need to know and be able to do at the end of the course?" This is part of a Backward Design series.
- Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. Iowa State University Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.
This is a helpful guide with examples of using Bloom’s taxonomy.
- Graphic display of student learning objectives. Hara, B. (2010). ProfHacker.
This gives an example of an alternative way to communicate key elements of our course.
- Revising syllabi to improve the student experience. Student Experience Project.
Includes a step-by-step Syllabus Review Guide for using syllabus development or revision as a tool for creating a course that promotes equity, belonging, and a growth mindset for all students.
- The Syllabus from a Student Perspective. Gannon, K. (2019).
- This checklist guides the specific information that answers questions relevant to your students. Consider presenting some of this content as a FAQ or Q&A.
- 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.
- Tips Round-up: Syllabi. Bayraktar, B. (2022).
Resources for creating an engaging and student-centered syllabus.
- 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.
- 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. Bonus: Example of a warm welcome statement to students.
Constructing a Learner-Centered Syllabus: One Professor's Journey. Richmond, A. (2016). IDEA Center Paper #60.
This paper provides examples of learner-centered components and a self-assessment.
- 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.
- Planning the First Day. US CETL.
- AI Tools: Teaching Guidance. USI CETL.
- Accessible Syllabus
Tips to build a syllabus that plans for diverse student abilities and promote student engagement and agency.
- Inclusion By Design: Survey Your Syllabus and Course Design - A Worksheet. Brantmeier, E., Broscheid, A., & Moore, C.S. (2017).
This tool helps you examine the tone and design of your course from an inclusion perspective.
- Creating a Warmer and More Inclusive Syllabus. Indiana University (2023).
- 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 transforming syllabus statements into warm and inviting communication with your students.
- Inclusive Syllabus Language. University of Michigan (2017).
- This webpage provides sample language to communicate expectations to students in an inclusive manner.
- UDL Syllabus. UDL On Campus, CAST.
This webpage offers guidance for developing the syllabus elements while considering University Design for Learning (UDL).
- Creating Accessible Documents. University of Washington.
This website offers helpful tips for creating accessible documents from common applications.
- Course Workload Estimator. Rice University
This tool estimates a student's out of class hours/week based on the planned reading, assignments, and assessments.