University of Southern Indiana

Developing the Syllabus

Syllabus Template

  • The Syllabus Template (updated May 2022 to reflect Title IX contact information updates) (.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. During Fall 2021 template, updates included 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 is available.

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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