Structuring a Syllabus for an Online Course

A syllabus provides the students with a road map for the course.  The syllabus for a face-to-face course and an online course, can and should look somewhat different.

Online courses function differently than a traditional face-to-face course and students may need information that would not necessarily be included otherwise. Examples include:

  • Netiquette
  • Technology requirements
  • “Attendance” requirements
  • Prerequisite technology skills
  • and more!

When adapting a syllabus from a face-to-face course, or creating a completely new syllabus, use this document, Key Sections of a Syllabus for an Online Course (PDF), as a checklist to ensure that you are providing a comprehensive road map to your students.

You can also use it as a guide for creating a “Getting Started” module, or a course introduction video!

This resource document was adapted from:

Kelly, R. (2011). 11 Strategies for Managing Your Online Course. (pp. 5-6). Madison: Magna Publications, Inc.

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About karlamorris

Karla is an Instructional Designer at Instructional Media Services and Adjunct Faculty in the College of Education at USFSP. With over 9 years of experience in Education and Accessible Technologies, her professional interests include Universal Design for Higher Education and the Accessibility of Online Courses. Current projects include research on the benefits of closed captioning in online courses to all students.

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