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Smart Syllabus Design

A well-designed syllabus is key to a successful course. The complete and engaging syllabus can act both as a contract with students and as a roadmap for what students should know, value, and be able to do by the end of the course. In this workshop, instructors will practice utilizing a syllabus rubric to review sample syllabi. We will discuss elements of course design, including well-crafted grading, attendance, technology, and participation policies. The workshop culminates in the use of the syllabus rubric for instructors to analyze and revise their current syllabus, and a post-workshop one-on-one consultation with a Koehler Center faculty developer to help instructors as they revise their syllabus.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Apply the syllabus evaluation rubric to review sample policies and syllabi.
  • Identify and discuss elements of syllabus design, including: well-crafted outcomes and policies (i.e. grading, attendance, technology, and participation).
  • Evaluate essential components of a well-crafted syllabus in order to inform the development of your own syllabus.

This workshop meets Koehler Center Outcomes 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 2.1, and 2.2.

Koehler Center Outcomes 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2

Friday, November 5 at 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

TCU Campus Store, 208
2950 West Berry Street, Fort Worth, TX 76109

Event Type


Target Audience

Faculty & Staff


Faculty & Staff Development


faculty development, pedagogy, inclusive teaching


Koehler Center
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