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Helpful Strategies and Tips: Syllabus

Submitted by on September 24, 2012 – 7:42 pmNo Comment

This post is part of the series Helpful Strategies and Tips: Designing an Online Course, which provides guidance through common challenges instructors face during online course development.

The syllabus is a necessary component to relay information about the purpose of your course at the start of class, as stated in Quality Matters Standard 1.2. The syllabus should include the following information:

  • Contact information
  • Communication plan for students
  • Course description
  • Course prerequisites
  • Policies and procedures as specified by university and college
    • attendance and drop policy
    • university mission
    • american with disabilities act
    • academic honesty
  • Course outcomes/objectives
    • QM 2.1: The course learning objectives describe outcomes that are measurable.
    • QM 2.3: All learning objectives are stated clearly and written from the students’ perspective.
    • QM 2.5: The learning objectives are appropriately designed for the level of the course.
  • Grading policy
    • QM 3.2: The course grading policy is stated clearly.
  • Student support
  • Detailed guidelines for graded activities
    • QM 3.3: Specific and descriptive criteria are provided for the evaluation of students’ work and participation, for example grading rubrics.
  • Class schedule/assignments with due dates

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