Apply to your course: Components of an Online Course Syllabus

Elements of online course syllabus

The following information has been modified to align with the Faculty Senate's approved requirements for all UMass Amherst Syllabi

Click the + below to read more about and find samples of each component. 


Accessible Syllabus. (n.d.).

Ashby, I., Caskurlu, S., Beck, C. and Fiock, H. (2020). Syllabus for Online Teaching Considerations. Purdue University.

CAST (n.d.). UDL Syllabus.

Center for Urban Education (CUE), Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. (2017). Syllabus Review Guide for Equity-Minded Practice.

Henson, H., McWherter, J., McKitrick, D. and Morris, D. (n.d.) “Best Practices for Teaching Online: Creating an Online Syllabus.The University of Texas: Health Science Center at Houston.

Matejka, K., & Kurke, L. B. (1994). Designing a great syllabus. College Teaching, 42(3), 115-117.

Mintu-Wimsatt, A., Kernek, C., & Lozada, H. R. (2010). Netiquette: Make it part of your syllabus. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 6(1). Retrieved from

O'Keefe, L., Rafferty, J., Gunder, A., & Vignare, K. (2020). Delivering High-Quality Instruction Online in Response to COVID-19: Faculty Playbook. Online Learning Consortium.

Shea, V. (1994). Netiquette.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Teaching and Learning. How Do I Consider the Impact of AI Tools in My Courses? 

University of Wisconsin Steven’s Point. (n.d.). UWSP Online. Online Course Syllabus Template.

Wistinghausen, M. (2020). Netiquette for Online Learning.

How to cite this page:

UMass Amherst IDEAS Team. (2024, March). Developing an Effective Syllabus for an Online Course.