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Sample Syllabus Template

Developing an online course is a serious undertaking. It requires a great deal of forethought and consideration in how information is presented. One of the key pieces to designing your course is the syllabus.

In Design and Development Services, we like to consider your syllabus as the “blueprint” for how your course is constructed. This goes way beyond listing the policies of the university. It involves creating the structure and alignment that is fundamental to great course design.

Creating the online course version of a traditional face-to-face syllabus requires consideration of some key questions:

  • Are my learning objectives measureable, and do they clearly align to each topic covered in the course?
  • How do you define class participation?
  • What are your communication preferences and expectations?
  • Have you provided some “netiquette” guidelines on how to communicate with each other online?
  • Are all the materials made available online required, or are some optional?
  • Are you available virtually via WebEx or Skype, or only via email and phone?
  • What are some of the technical skills required for learners, and where can they find online help?
  • How is this course different from a traditional face-to-face course?
  • Do you have strategies for encouraging engagement and active learning online?
  • Is there an eBook version of the textbook?
  • Will you require learners to purchase access to a separate publisher web site?
  • Are your class materials accessible for learners that require special accommodation?
  • How often must learners “check-in” to your online course?
  • Are there detailed instructions on how learners will be assessed? (i.e. rubrics, grading policies, final grade breakdown)
  • Will you be requiring exams to be proctored, and if so, do you prefer face-to-face proctoring or online proctoring?
  • Is there a detailed course calendar that provides a list of tasks for learners to complete?

So, where do you get started?

Design and Development Services has created a sample syllabus template that you are free to download, edit, remix, and change based on your needs. The standard policies regarding academic integrity, plagiarism, withdrawals, attendance, technical support, accessibility, etc… are listed throughout. This template is intended for online courses specifically, however there are many useful pieces that can be incorporated into a hybrid or face-to-face syllabus.

We will keep the latest revision posted on this site so you can periodically take a look and see if there are additional resources available from the university.

Download the Sample Syllabus Template here [doc]

If you have any questions regarding this template, please feel free to contact one of the following Instructional/Curriculum Designers:

Looking for Brightspace Course Templates?

In addition to the sample syllabus, DDS also has course templates that you can use when starting to develop a course. These templates help speed up course development, provide a variety of content templates and, help your course meet QM standards.