- Define the instructor’s role and responsibility to students;
- Provide a clear statement of intended course goals (learning outcomes);
- Establish standards and procedures for evaluation;
- Acquaint students with course logistics; and
- Establish a pattern of communication between instructor and students.
ISU developed syllabus statements to communicate a consistent message to all students about strategic policies that impact their experience.
Set the tone for a conducive learning environment by adding these statements along with the required and recommended ones located on this page.
Online Learning: Self-paced training and resources
Iowa State University webinars
20-Minute Mentor Commons, a digital library of online seminars
Register and/or log into Magna Commons. Then, access the CELT curated 20-Minute Mentor videos to guide the course delivery mode of Online Learning using the hyperlinked list below:
- How Can I Write a Course Syllabus That’s Worth Reading?
- How Can I Create an Effective Syllabus for My Online Class?
LinkedIn Learning video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Anyone with an ISU Net-ID has free and unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning. For technical assistance, please contact Learning and Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access the curated list to guide Online Learning using the hyperlinked list below:
- Learning to Write a Syllabus (50 m) – You will have to log in to LinkedIn Learning to view
- Accessible Syllabus website (Tulane University)
- Cullen, R., & Harris, M. (2009). Assessing learner-centeredness through course syllabi. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 34(1), 115–125. https://doi-org.proxy.lib.iastate.edu/10.1080/02602930801956018
- Cullen, R., Harris, M., & Hill, R. (2012). The learner-centered curriculum: Design and implementation. Jossey-Bass.
- Fink, L. D. (2013). Creating significant learning experiences: An integrated approach to designing college courses (Rev. ed.). Jossey-Bass.
- Gannon, C. (2018). How to create a syllabus: Advice guide. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from https://www.chronicle.com/article/how-to-create-a-syllabus/ Accessed on May 22, 2019.
- Harnish, R. J. & Bridges, K. R. (2011). Effect of syllabus tone: students’ perceptions of instructor and course. Social Psychology of Education, 14(3), 319– 330.
- Harnish, R. J., McElwee, R. O., Slattery, J. M., Frantz, S., Haney, M. R., Shore, C. M., & Penley, J. (2011, January). Creating the foundation for a warm classroom climate: Best practices in syllabus tone. Observer, 24(1). Retrieved from http://bit.ly/33aQlwm
- Nilson, L. B. (2016). Teaching at its best: A research-based resource for college instructors (4th ed.). Jossey-Bass.
- Palmer, M. S., Bach, D. J., & Streifer, A. C. (2014). Measuring the promise: A learning-focused syllabus rubric. To improve the academy: A journal of educational development, 33(1), 14 -36. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1002/tia2.20004
- Richlin L. (2006). Blueprint for Learning: Constructing College Courses to Facilitate, Assess, and Document Learning. Vol 1st ed. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
- Richmond, A. S. (2016, September). Constructing a learner-centered syllabus: One professor’s journey. IDEA Paper #60. Retrieved from https://www.ideaedu.org/.
- Richmond, A. S., Boysen, G. A., & Gurung, R. A. R. (2016). An evidence-based guide to college and university teaching: Developing the model teacher. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.proxy.lib.iastate.edu
- Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TiLT) Higher Ed website (https://tilthighered.com/).
- Vai, M., & Sosulski, K. (2011). Essentials of online course design: A standards-based guide. Routledge.
- Winkelmes, M.A., Boye, A., & Tapp, S. (2019). Transparent design in higher education teaching and leadership: A guide to implementing the transparency framework institution-wide to improve learning and retention. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.