Crafting a Compelling Syllabus

A well-crafted syllabus is a lot more than an outline of the course—it can be a chance to spark students’ interest in the course material and sense of ownership of their learning. In this article in New Directions for Teaching and Learning, “The Syllabus: A Place to Engage Students’ Egos,” Mark Canada provides tips for syllabus writing that include connecting the course to students’ concerns, taking the tone of a friendly fellow-learner, and encouraging students to evaluate their work. For more tips on creating a syllabus, see our handouts in our Resources section under Course Design.

Canada, M. (2013). The syllabus: A place to engage students’ egos. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 135, 37-42. doi/10.1002/tl.20062/full