The syllabus is a central source of information for students, consider it a roadmap, to successfully navigate the course. The syllabus communicates information about your course to the students. Therefore, it is important for the syllabus to be easy to read, follow, and understand.
Ask what do I want students to be able to do?
By asking this question about what students should accomplish by the end of the course you can better understand what items you should include in the syllabus.
Set Detailed Expectations
Adding a course schedule that includes a calendar of events, due dates, as well as expectations is important for students to understand when major assignments and assessments occur.
- Office of Academic Affairs (University of Florida): UF Syllabus Policy
- Quality Assurance Committee (University of Florida): Optional Online Syllabus Template
- Tena Long Golding (Faculty Focus): New Faculty Orientation Features Advice From Students
- Use this Netiquette Guide for Online Courses (doc) as a starting point to clarify your course policies regarding expected student behavior.
- Quality Assurance Committee (University of Florida)M. Ludy, T. Brackenbury, J.W. Folkins, S.H. Peet, S.J.Langendorfer, & K. Beining (2016): Student impressions of syllabus design: Engaging versus contractual syllabus (pdf)