Selected Bibliography

(2001). Creating an effective online syllabus. In Teaching Online, A Practical Guide (Chapter 4). Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved February 18, 2009, from http://college.hmco.com/instructors/catalog/walkthroughs/pdf/walk_0618000429_4.pdf.

This chapter provides a broad overview of information to include in a course syllabus. The bulk of this work focuses on constructing a syllabus for an online or blended class format.


(2009). Thriving at Simpson: A guide for faculty [PDF document]. Retrieved February 7, 2009, from http://simpson.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/ThriveGuide10-11.pdf.

This resource was developed by Simpson College as a guide for new faculty. While some of its content is institution-specific, the majority of the information it provides is applicable to a variety of constituents.


Altman, H. B., & Cashin, W. E. (1992). Writing a syllabus. Idea Paper (No 27). Retrieved February 6, 2009, from ERIC database.

This article focuses on the major content areas of a syllabus and offers suggested improvements to consider when constructing a syllabus.


Grunert O’Brien, J., Millis, B. J., & Cohen, M. W. (2008). The course syllabus: A learning-centered approach (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

This text provides the reader with an understanding of the need for creating a learning-centered syllabus. It is an excellent source of examples and additional resources for faculty and instructors.

Syllabus Guidelines: Selected Web Resources

Components of a Learning-Centered Syllabus (University of Delaware Center for Teaching Effectiveness) http://cte.udel.edu/syllabus.htm.

Designing an Effective Learning-Centered Syllabus (University of Delaware Center for Teaching Effectiveness) http://cte.udel.edu/syllabus.htm.

Distance Learning Syllabus Guidelines (Austin Community College) http://dl.austincc.edu/faculty/DLCourses/prereginfo.html.

Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee Syllabus Guidelines (Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute) http://www.rpi.edu/dept/fscc/syllabus.html.

Syllabus Checklist (University of Minnesota Center for Teaching and Learning) http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/tutorials/syllabus/resources/checklist/index.html.

Syllabus Example – Classroom Course (Honolulu Community College) http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/syllab-4.htm.

Syllabus Guidelines (Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Visual and Performing Arts) http://www.ipfw.edu/vpa/handbook/syllabus.html.

Syllabus Guidelines (University of Maryland Faculty Handbook of Policies and Resources) http://faculty.umd.edu/teach/syllabus.html.

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