The resources collected on this site are provided as a reference for instructors who may be creating a new syllabus and for those who would like to take a fresh look at their current courses. In either case, remember that the primary purpose of the syllabus is to communicate course expectations: what the course is about, why it is being taught, what the students will learn, and what will be required to pass the course. When it comes to creating a course syllabus, more is better!
The first step in creating a learning-centered syllabus is to provide in writing all of the information that a student will need in order to be successful in your course. It not only contains policies and expectations, but also serves as a “roadmap” or “how to guide” for optimal learning in your classroom. The tip sheet, articles and web links on this site provide more in-depth information about creating a learning-centered syllabus; several samples from your YCCC colleagues are also available as a reference while you create or revise your own syllabi.
As you review the sample syllabi, take a look at a course that is in a different discipline than your own. This will help you to stay objective and look at the syllabus as a whole, rather than focusing on specific activities or assignments. Using the samples as a guide, consider the following questions about your own syllabus:
Do you have more questions or need assistance with your syllabus? Feel free to contact me for a personal syllabus review!