A syllabus is likely the first point of connection between faculty and students around a course. While we offer useful strategies and techniques below, we urge you to start your syllabus design/re-design process by including the current expectations and guidance from the Provost’s Office.
Strategies & Techniques
Through the pages here, we will reflect on the purpose and message for various parts of a syllabus.
1. Guiding Questions
These guiding questions can help identify an approach to syllabi contents, tone, and organization.
4. Review your syllabus
Before you start making changes or once you have completed making adjustments, review your syllabus against one (or more) of these tools
- Syllabus evaluation rubric from University of Virginia’s Center for Teaching Excellence.
- Survey Your Syllabus from Amherst College
Beyond the Template
Recently new discussions about the approachability and inclusivity of syllabi have emerged worth exploring and engaging with. Once you have a sense of what you want in your syllabus, these might provide some ideas for how it looks and sounds.
Teaching for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion extends to the syllabus shared with students.
What is a Liquid Syllabus? It is a syllabus created in a web-based technology to allow it to be flexible during the term, openable from various devices, and accommodate visual and media elements.