University of Southern Indiana

Developing the Syllabus

Syllabus Template

  • The Syllabus Template (updated August 2021) (.docx file) provides a guide for developing an effective and learner-centered syllabus and outlines the required elements and policy statements for the USI course syllabus.  The Fall 2021 template includes revised statements regarding COVID-19 safety and online materials, Title IX, and civility and inclusion.
  • Detailed University Syllabus Statements are found within the Syllabus Template and on the Provost's Office website.
  • Guidance for Faculty for Fall 2021 from the Provost's Office will be available by mid-August 2021.

Resources for Developing the Syllabus

Designing an Effective Syllabus

Developing Course Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

Considering Accessibility and Inclusion

  • 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.
  • 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.

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