Your syllabus is a contract with the students which cannot be changed without notice. The Academic Courses Policy require that on the first day of class, you should provide the class syllabus.
Creating your class syllabus
The course syllabus allows instructors to convey to students an overview of the key elements of a course, including what the students will learn, who the instructor is, how students will be assessed and other important, course information.
Refer to the policy for information regarding:
Recommended additional items to include
The following items should be considered for inclusion in the syllabus:
- course description including prerequisites (must match the catalog)
- USask Grading System
- course overview and schedule
- instructor profile (first person)
- required resources (books, software, etc.)
- if using an open textbook or other free resources in place of a commercial text
- Treaty 6 acknowledgment (language included in the syllabus template and syllabus template Guide)
Why is My Syllabus Public?
Syllabi posted in Blackboard have long been set to public as the default at the USask, in order allow students to view course syllabi prior to registering for courses and help fellow faculty know what has been taught in prerequisite courses. With the move to Canvas, syllabi are again set to be public as default. As of September 30, 2021, all syllabi set to public in Canvas will once again be added to the programs page, under the “course description” button. Instructors may choose to hide a syllabus by making it private in Canvas each time they make a course, and we are delaying aggregating the syllabi this term until the end of September to give extra time for learning to make a syllabus private if you choose to do so.
Is there anything I should keep in mind about my public syllabus?
We encourage you to leave your syllabi public for the benefit of students, and to help promote your course. Like the abstract for a journal article, a public syllabus helps people know what your course is focused on without sharing all your content, ideas, and instructional materials. With this in mind, remember not to:
- Include any copyrighted material within your syllabus (e.g., images)
Include contact information for anyone, such as your teaching assistants without their approval
- Things like cell phone numbers that you want to share with your students, but not publicly, can go on a private course handout instead of the syllabus.
What should I do if I don’t want my syllabus public?
You should change the settings in Canvas so the syllabus is private, which is the default for all other course materials in Canvas. Do this as a part of your normal course set up as you did with Blackboard.
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Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning
Whether you are just starting to draft your syllabus or simply want to make some revisions, staff at the GMCTL provide feedback about any aspect of the syllabus, including what elements are required and / or recommended by the Academic Courses Policy.