Creating an Online Syllabus

The syllabus is an important part of any course, but it is even more important for online students who may be disoriented in the new environment and need a comprehensive guide to the course. A well designed syllabus will facilitate student success by providing a road map to the course and by communicating what is expected of students. Managing students expectations by clarifying course requirements and correcting false impressions allows you to better prepare students for the course.

Frequently, instructors new to online teaching make the mistake of providing too little detail in the syllabus. Front-loading information about the course in the syllabus can save the instructor and students a lot of time and frustration down the road.

Typical components of both an online and face-to-face syllabus include the following:

There are several elements that are recommended to be included in an online syllabus that might not be in a syllabus for a face-to-face class:


Syllabus Checklist

COURSE INFORMATION

COURSE OBJECTIVES

COURSE POLICIES

EXPECTATIONS

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS

COURSE SCHEDULE / CALENDAR

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