Engaging Syllabus


An Engaging Syllabus should

1. be comprehensive

  1. Sets the tone for the course. (Posner & Rudnitsky, 1994)
  2. Communicates what, when, and how students will learn.
  3. Makes clear to students what they need to do in order to be successful.
  4. Communicates expectations in terms of student responsibilities.
  5. Deters misunderstandings about course policies.

Reference: Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence

2. contain appropriate graphics

At USA, Tim Sherman and Tray Hamil create colorful and engaging syllabi for their students to increase interest and engagement. Learn how they do it, and what their students think!

Dr. Tim Sherman (Professor, Department of Biological Sciences)

Ms. Tray Hamil (Biology Instructor, Department of Biological Sciences)


Engaging Syllabus Resources