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Syllabus Design

Best practices and templates for creating a student-friendly syllabus


As you well know, the syllabus and schedule provide a big-picture view of the course for your students. Together they are perhaps the most important documents you can create for your students, primarily because they describe and chart what the course is about, how you will teach it, and what students will do to learn. After reading the syllabus, your students should feel that major questions have been answered, and they should have an inkling what kind of teaching philosophy you will bring to the course.

Syllabus Templates

NNU's Center for Instructional Design & Technology has prepared these optional templates for you to customize as desired. Each is digitally accessible for students who may have visual impairments. Dates in the course schedules reflect the Fall 2020 semester that begins August 31. The University Syllabus Addendum is provided by academic leadership and has been revised for Fall 2020.

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