DESIGNING COURSES & SYLLABI
Careful course planning can support instructors to place student learning at the center of their courses. These resources can guide instructors to craft learning outcomes that can form the backbone of course design, to develop effective assignments for assessing student learning, and to effectively communicate course expectations with a well-designed, inclusive syllabus.
DESIGNING COURSES AND LEARNING GOALS
Developing learning outcomes and aligning assignments with those goals can support instructors to sharpen their focus on student learning when designing courses. These resources on course design provide information for effectively developing learning goals, including identifying key disciplinary skills that students need to learn, to guide the course design or re-design process.
Effective assignments help instructors and students pursue the learning goals of the course, by reinforcing important learning and providing the opportunity for the instructor to assess the quality of that learning and to offer targeted feedback.
A well-designed syllabus can clearly communicate instructor and student responsibilities; describe learning goals and the plan for achieving them; help students track their learning; connect students with available resources; and place the course in a broader context, both within and beyond the discipline of study.
SAMPLE SYLLABUS LANGUAGE
Once the course and syllabus have been designed, the language instructors use to communicate with students about inclusivity, academic integrity, accessibility, and campus resources matters. This section provides sample syllabus statements that instructors can adapt and revise as needed for their own teaching contexts, including templates for setting the tone for inclusive learning environments and for communicating information about key campus resources at UC Santa Cruz.