Syllabi inform students about what is expected of them to meet course requirements and must be disseminated to students in all courses in an appropriate written form; e.g., hard copy, Web version. Syllabi may be among the materials used to evaluate a faculty member’s teaching effectiveness. In addition, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Criteria for Accreditation require that a syllabus be placed on file in the department for each course taught and that “(s)tudents must be provided written information about the goals and requirements of each course, the nature of the course content, and the methods of evaluation to be employed.” Colleges and departments may have more specific requirements.
Regardless of course type—e.g., traditional, media-enhanced, or Web—syllabi are required to include:
As suggested in O'Brien, J. G., Millis, B. J., & Cohen, M. W. (2008). The course syllabus: A learning-centered approach. The Jossey-Bass higher and adult education series. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Here are additional ideas you may wish to include in your syllabus:
If you would like to turn your Syllabus document (.doc) into a syllabus webpage (.html), this tutorial will guide you in all the steps to do so.
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