The syllabus is a crucial component of your course, serving as both a contract and a roadmap to guide students towards success. We have gathered the following resources to assist you in creating an impactful and effective syllabus.
An effective syllabus includes: purposeful course objectives, policies, assessment methods and a clear schedule. Review the following resources to easily build a syllabus that outlines how students can be successful in your course.
Review the Course Syllabi Instructions page, in particular the UTSA Syllabus Template section to access a syllabus template that is accessible, includes all university policies, and accommodates varying course schedules to create a student-centered syllabus.
Looking for a streamlined syllabus platform integrated with Canvas? Review this Simple Syllabus page to learn more about the platform.
Communication and Engagement
A welcoming syllabus is written in a supportive tone and creates a sense of community via a clear communication plan that is engaging and easy to understand. Review the following UTSA Faculty Spotlight to see an example of a dynamic, student-centered syllabus.
Promote student success by preparing a student-centered syllabus, setting clear expectations, offering resources for academic support, and fostering a positive learning environment. Review the following UTSA Faculty Spotlight for ways to offer tips and support to students as they navigate the syllabus document.
Syllabus Resources and Tools:
- Canvas Syllabus Tool – a built-in easy to use tool available from the Canvas course menu
- UTSA Course Syllabi Instructions
- UTSA Common Syllabus Information
- UTSA Syllabus Accessibility Checklist
- UTSA Student Success
- Explanation of UTSA Grades
- Policy on Grade Changes
- Policy on Final Exams
- Copyright Policy
- Copyright Services For Teaching
- Faculty Services – Office of the Registrar