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?
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
A syllabus as a pathway of learning
Using essential questions and big themes to organize your course
Applying Universal Design for Learning in your course
The importance of inclusive language in your syllabus
Designing supportive course policies to help students be successful
Designing an accessible syllabus
The resources in this section will help you as you (re)design your syllabi.
Six Principles of an Inclusive Syllabus Worksheet (CTL Handout)
UDL: Evaluating Your Course Syllabus (Rubric)
Take a deeper dive to expand your knowledge and skills about syllabus design.
- Tulane University - Accessible Syllabus
- CAST-UDL On Campus - UDL Syllabus
- How to Create a Syllabus - Advice Guide – The Chronicle of Higher Education
- A Learner-Centered Syllabus Helps Set the Tone for Learning - Faculty Focus
- An Equity Syllabus
- Diagram Center - Making Images Accessible
- Concept mapping your course
- Sample course concept map for Engineering course (shared with students)
- Example Brokk Toggerson's Physics 132 Online Syllabus-Spring 2020 COVID-19 Edited Version and Brokk Toggerson's Physics 132 Online
- Example inclusive statements for your syllabus (University of Michigan)
- Example inclusive statements for your syllabus (Iowa State)
- Sample syllabi across the disciplines (University of Virginia)
- Suggested Practices for Syllabus Accessibility Statements - Kairos PraxisWiki
Getting students to read the syllabus