Syllabus Writing Guide Introduction
The syllabus is a foundational document and a critical piece of communication between instructor and student that warrants thoughtful design. As the syllabus is often the first form of interaction that instructors have with their students, it plays a significant role in engaging students and motivating learning (Harnish et al. 2011). Research indicates that more engaging, visually stimulating, student-centered syllabi have a positive impact on student perceptions of a course and motivation to engage with the instructor (Ludy et. al, 2016).
This new syllabus writing guide will be updated throughout 2021 to support Yale instructors as they create syllabi. Ideas or feedback as we build out this resource? Please contact Beth Luoma, Assistant Director of Faculty Teaching Initiatives.