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Developing Your Syllabus

The syllabus is a contract between teaching faculty and students. It is a roadmap to best assist students with understanding course expectations, what students need to accomplish, and how and when to achieve the desired learning goals and objectives. While your syllabus should include rules and regulations, it should also shed light on the overarching philosophy behind the course.

Your syllabus can also provide context on what is most of value in your course – it can communicate how you approach and assess aspects such as participation (in class, or in online activities, such as the discussion forums), capstone projects or presentations, critical engagement with the course content, and completed homework assignments, for example.

Our learner centered courses link learning outcomes to program goals and assessment strategies therefore syllabus design, learning outcomes, and assessment strategies break down the process so faculty can feel confident about their course planning. It is also important to keep in mind the guiding principles that should underlie the design of all courses at SPS. Utilize the NYUSPS Syllabus template and guidelines below as a valuable resource.

View the NYUSPS Syllabus Guide

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