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Faculty Development: Course Design and Syllabus Consultations

Source for your MSU Faculty Development Needs

Murray State Syllabus Template

Download Course Syllabus Template

Keep in mind any holidays and breaks for class and due dates: Academic Calendar

Include any Attendance, Participation, Cell Phone Usage, Late Assignment, etc. policies you may have.

End with a Disclaimer Statement reminding students that the information included there is tentative, and may be subject to change based on the course's progress.

Course Design

We offer individual consultations on all facets of instructional design, including course design in Canvas for both face to face and online courses, including:

  • Adding Audio and Images in Course Materials
  • Canvas Course Design
  • Course Learning Goals
  • Course Presentation Technologies
  • Different Pedagogical Approaches
  • Discussion Management
  • Engagement Techniques
  • Electronic Communications (Chat, Blogs, Wikis, etc.)
  • Formative and Summative Forms of Assessment
  • Incorporating Videos
  • Lesson Planning
  • Reading Assignments
  • Recording Your Teaching
  • Syllabus
  • Transforming a Face to face Course to an Online Course
  • Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning
  • Web 2.0 Tools
  • Website Creation and Design

Graphic Syllabus

"Some faculty members are now using graphic illustrations as part of their syllabi to illustrate the flow of their course. These three graphic syllabi from Mark Smillie at Carroll College (Helena, MT) give a great idea of what is meant. Basically, the idea is to include a "concept map" as part of the syllabus. There are a number of advantages to supplementing a traditional print syllabus with some graphic elements:

  • Adding a graphic can make clear to students the logic of the way the course is organized.
  • Sometimes the effort of trying to show the logic of our course in a schematic way can help us, as instructors, rethink and reorganize our courses."

--Author: John Immerwahr from