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The Syllabus

On this page, you can find downloadable syllabus templates. Please note that the 2017–18 course syllabus template and the 2017–18 campus syllabus template are compliant with Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility guidelines.

Syllabus Checklist

The syllabus checklist is a helpful tool with information to edit your existing syllabus.  Use the checklist in conjunction with the campus syllabus template so that your syllabus is accessible and contains current information. When creating a syllabus, it is important to pay attention to accessibility guidelines to meet students’ varying needs. Syllabi should be posted on your course site in both Word and PDF formats.

New Course Syllabus

Are you new to UT or teaching a new course? Download the course syllabus template. This editable template provides the structure necessary to include the key information your students will require.

Campus Syllabus

The campus syllabus provides students with important information that is common to all courses at UT Knoxville, such as academic integrity and addressing disability needs. The campus syllabus can be added as a separate page within your course syllabus or imported as a page into your Canvas course site from the Canvas Commons—search for UT Knoxville Campus Syllabus 2017–2018. 

Additionally, the Office of Emergency Management has created a faculty emergency guide to augment the campus syllabus, giving faculty easy access to information on protective actions for different types of emergencies.

A course syllabus often serves as the first impression of your course and your instructing methods. It states your own classroom policies, as well as how your course aligns with UT Knoxville course expectations. Not only does a syllabus set your objectives for the course, but it also describes the value of the course for your students (learning outcomes).

The syllabus can be so much more than a black and white piece of paper – it can be interactive and intrigue your students about the opportunities within your course. Additionally, your syllabus should serve as a student resource, by containing links to supporting documents that describe assignments, information on guidelines, studying tips and much more. Learn a few useful hints about creating an engaging course syllabus from the Faculty Online Learning Community:

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