Inclusive Syllabus Design

What if we used our syllabi to …
… begin establishing high-quality relationships with our students?
… communicate our commitment to inclusive and equitable teaching and learning?

Beyond laying out the content and structure of a course, a well-designed inclusive syllabus offers a pathway of learning through your course, providing signposts for students about what they will learn and do and what they need to know to succeed in the course. 

Overview and Introduction: What can an inclusive syllabus do for you and your students? 

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On this page, you will find a series of brief videos, tools and extending resources that will guide you in using an inclusive design perspective when you create your syllabi. 

The six intersecting principles serve as a scaffolding framework for the (re)design of course syllabi through the lens of inclusiveness. 

Each of the videos is focused on one these six principles. You will learn why this principle matters, and you will find examples on how to apply that principle as you design an inclusive syllabus. After the videos you will find “Tools” to help you reformat your syllabus and an “Explore” section for further reading



  1. A syllabus as a pathway of learning

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  1. Using essential questions and big themes to organize your course

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  1. Applying Universal Design for Learning in your course

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  1. The importance of inclusive language in your syllabus

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  1. Designing supportive course policies to help students be successful

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  1. Designing an accessible syllabus

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The resources in this section will help you as you (re)design your syllabi.

Inclusive Syllabus Template (Google Document)

Six Principles of an Inclusive Syllabus Worksheet (CTL Handout)

Inclusion by Design: Survey Your Syllabus and Course Design (Worksheet)

UDL: Evaluating Your Course Syllabus (Rubric)

Syllabus Rubric: Guide to Assessing the Focus of Syllabi



Take a deeper dive to expand your knowledge and skills about syllabus design.

Creating syllabi



Getting students to read the syllabus