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The course syllabus is the most valuable document you will share with your students. It contains the core information about your course, what is required of the students to participate in the learning experience and how the students will be evaluated.

The syllabus is also the vehicle for important student information from rights and responsibilities to what type of technologies are needed to navigate the course material.  This tip sheet was created to assist you in updating your current course syllabus to be more efficient for your online or hybrid course and guide you to additional information on how to modify your syllabi into a document that is connected to learning.

Online syllabi need to include specific information regarding access, technology and communication, that may not be included in your traditional course syllabi.

A general college course syllabus may list the following:

  • Course Details
  • Instructor Contact
  • Course Meeting Information
  • Course Description
  • Course Learning Activities (Assignment Type List)
  • Class Attendance and Make Up Policy
  • Course Completion Information
  • Assessment of Learning (Grading System)
  • Required Textbooks
  • University Required Information
  • Assignment Calendar/Class Schedule

These items are important for all syllabi, below the list has been updated with the integral items for an online course at UAA;

  • Course Details
  • Instructor Contact
  • Online Course Meeting Information
    • Synchronous using BB Collaborate and detailed communication plan?
    • Asynchronous with detailed communication plan? 
  • Course Description
  • Course Learning Activities (Assignment Type List)
    • Academic Technology Requirements needed to access and complete the course requirements
      • Blackboard Learn 9.1, Blackboard Collaborate, Google Apps for Education, VoiceThread, Access to Publisher Web materials, etc.
  • Online Class Attendance and Make Up Policy
    • Blackboard Collaborate Online Sessions Required?
    • Expected course contact hours to complete the asynchronous course
  • Course Completion Information
    • Exam Information
      • Online Testing? Proctored Exams?
  • Assessment of Learning (Grading System)
    • Academic Technologies used for student submission?
      • Online exams
      • Submitting assignments in Blackboard
      • Use of Discussion Boards, Blogs or other tools within Blackboard
    • Netiquette
      • Rules for online discussions and other course communications
  • Required Textbooks
    • eTexts Available?
  • University Required Information
    • UAA Infomation Technology (IT) Services 
    • UAA Disabilitiy Support Services
    • Title IX Policy
    • Academic Dishonesty Policy
    • Cancelled Classes/UAA Alert Systems
    • eLearning Distance Student Services Office
  • Assignment Calendar/Class Schedule

There are other valuable items that can be added based on your course content and degree program requirements, so please don’t use this as the end all list, as the course department or college may have information they suggest or require be added to your syllabi.

Academic Innovations & eLearning Instructional Designers have pulled together this eLearning Syllabus Template that you may want to use as a guide. Please remember to double check online URL links each semester to make sure they are still current.

Also note there can be more to a syllabus than a list of resource information, for more information and guidance on creating a learning centered syllabus check with The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) for upcoming training’s or consultation on more ways to improve your course syllabus.

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