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:
- 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.