Make sure to follow the PNC Policies for Syllabi for creating an effective syllabus. In addition to these policies, there are important components that an online syllabus should also contain, see: PNC Recommendations for Online Courses

Accessible Syllabi

Please use the following templates to assist you in ensuring that your syllabus is formatted in an accessible way.

Additional resources

  • Sample netiquette guide
  • Share this video with students about netiquette
  • What does an online syllabus need?
  • Look at a sample online syllabus
  • Create an effective online syllabus
  • Consider providing these tech requirements to your students

 Helpful tips:

Assessment/Grading– It is helpful to students if you state exactly how they will be graded in the online course (will participation in online discussions be graded, etc.?) Make your policy clear in regard to “Blackboard issues”. Many times Blackboard may go down and students are not able to submit assignments or take scheduled exams/quizzes in a timely manner.
Communication/Participation– Be very clear about your expectations in regard to student participation in discussion boards and response time to emails and discussion posts. (For example: tell them 24-48 hours for responses is acceptable for weekdays, longer for weekends and holidays is generally acceptable).
Course Calendar/Schedule– It is very helpful for students if you include a course calendar in your syllabus or course policies section. Your students will refer to this often as they strive to stay on track. Ideally, the calendar should list all activities and due dates for the entire semester.
Netiquette– Consider including a student netiquette guide for your online course.