Designing your Syllabus, Aug 2015

teaching tip3Does your Syllabus Make the Grade?

Use the following checklist to create a syllabus that your students will actually read and use:

  • Provide contact information and office hours
  • Present an overview of the course description, goals and objectives
  • List required materials
  • Describe the schedule, assignments, and assessments
  • Clarify policies (including grading criteria) and expectations

Introduce the syllabus to your students on the first day of class.  If necessary, show them how to read the syllabus; perhaps even conduct a group activity (e.g., a syllabus scavenger hunt) or quiz to ensure that students have read and understand all components of the syllabus.

Create a syllabus before the start of your course, and be sure to distribute it—perhaps by posting it on HuskyCT.  But don’t stop there; continue to revise the syllabus, marking it up throughout the semester to improve it for the next time you teach the course.  Visit for sample syllabi and other syllabus-development details.

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