Answered By: Doreen Rogan
Last Updated: Jun 06, 2018     Views: 31

A learning-centered syllabus is one that communicates high expectations for student learning.  This shifts the focus away from a simple list of classroom "rules," and instead prepares the student for a successful learning experience. The primary purpose of the syllabus is to help students understand what the course is about, why it is being taught, what the students will learn, and what will be required to pass the course.  When it comes to creating a course syllabus, more is better!

The first step in creating a learning-centered syllabus is to provide in writing all of the information that a student will need in order to be successful in your course.  It not only contains policies and expectations, but also serves as a “roadmap” or “how to guide” for optimal learning in your classroom. 

When preparing a learning-center syllabus, consider the following questions:

  • Does my syllabus provide students with the information that they need to succeed in my course?
  • Do I encourage students to take personal responsibility for their learning?
  • Does my syllabus communicate key assignments and due dates allowing students to plan their learning effectively?
  • Does my syllabus provide clear learning outcomes while communicating high expectations for learning?

For more information about syllabus design, visit the teaching excellence website and click on the syllabus tab.