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Syllabus Template

Introduction

The Syllabus template provides an overall layout for a course. Several elements are included in this example, including course objectives, course outline and guidelines, grading standards and expectations, along with information about software and platform requirements. Additionally, the template includes other e-tools, including hyperlinks and useful resources.

For all students, clear learning objectives for the course provide a roadmap of the material to be covered over the semester. Clearly articulated learning objectives are also important for faculty members to ensure that assignments and learning activities align with the course objectives. Objectives also provide a mechanism to ensure that evaluation methods and activities are aligned with the content that is presented. Additionally, a clear outline of the course provides familiarity and comfort working in the online environment. This is especially important in online courses where the student is not able to ask clarifying questions face-to-face. Also, providing clear grading and course participation statements at the outset of the course allows students to know in advance what is expected of them throughout the semester. It can also serve as an important point of reference for faculty members in cases of disputes regarding assigned grades. Finally, incorporating resources with imbedded links directly into the syllabus aids students in accessing assistance from the appropriate resource(s) if needed.

 

Please click below for an audio of the introduction to the Syllabus Template.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Instructions on How to Use Syllabus Template

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to Syllabus Template.

 
 
 
 
Technical Requirements and Where to Access Syllabus Template

No specific hardware or software are required to use the Syllabus Template; however you will need to change the contact information, resources and links to match your institutions information.

 

 
 
 
 
Reviews

Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available.

  

Faculty e-Tool Review Results

Number of faculty reviewers: 2

1. The e-tool was easy to incorporate into my course.

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2. I used the e-tool to address the following: (Select all that apply)

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3. Do you think the e-tool exemplified the construct of UDI within your course?  (UDI is defined as an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a range of learners including students with disabilities.)

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4. Please comment on the benefits of using the e-tool in your course.

5. Please comment on the drawbacks of using the e-tool in your course.

No responses were entered for this question.

6. I will use the e-tool in another course.

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7. In the future, I will use the e-tool to address the following: (select all that apply)

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