Syllabi

Let’s face it; the days of the one page syllabus are gone.  Even if you don’t teach online, CUNY now requires, at a minimum that syllabi contain, an overview of the course, faculty contact information, course objectives, mode(s) of assessment(s), textbook information, an academic integrity statement, and a calendar of meeting dates along with the topic being covered for that day.  Now if you teach on-line, you can expect to double that information by needing, again at a minimum to include online, and in-class meeting dates (if you are teaching a hybrid), information on how to log into the CUNY portal, information on how to log into CUNY email, technology prerequisites for the course, and information on how to log into Blackboard.  In fact, the average syllabus length for the sixteen courses included in this is 9 pages!

As I mentioned above, lots of the required information is fairly boiler-plate, but in analyzing the syllabus presentations of online faculty I’ve been able to categorize syllabi into two types.  The first is a basic syllabus, where much of the required information is placed on the syllabus and then posted on Blackboard.  Some faculty even choose to have a separate button for their syllabi.   Then, additional information like grading rubrics, and on-line meeting sessions are posted in either “Course Information” or “Course Documents” The second type (which seems to be more popular) contains all information that pertains to the class and includes things like grading rubrics and a breakdown of all in-class and online meeting sessions.

The syllabus template that is provided is based on the second type and can be found under “template”.  However, the choice of what information to include and where to include information is entirely up to you.  Keep in mind however, that CUNY does require that certain information be included on every syllabus.  This required information will be noted as such in the sample.  Along with the template you will find a copy of the syllabus that I’m using for the current semester.

You will also find that additional pages under the syllabi section offer suggestions for things like grading rubrics and technology prerequisites.  Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who let me look through their courses for all their help in creating this template.

 

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