Resources for course development, syllabus preparation, and other topics are found below:


Creating Significant Learning Experiences by L. Dee Fink is an excellent resource for anyone designing a course from the ground up or interested in re-visioning an existing course.

Preparing or Revising a Course? Barbara Gross Davis' on-line chapter provides insight on and strategies for deciding what you want to accomplish with a course, choosing course content, designing assignments and activities, and setting course policies.

It is essential for syllabi to include objectives, and the means by which they will be evaluated. The Guide to Developing Instructional Process Statements offers guidelines and example statements to help you create this part of your syllabus.

The Most Important Day offers ideas for breaking the ice with students, conveying the importance of class time, and introducing yourself and the course. It also provides a checklist for addressing first-day issues. The First Day of Class discusses how to create a positive classroom environment, set course expectations, and address administrative tasks on the first day.

The GVSU Faculty Handbook also specifies information that must be given to classes at their first meetings:
1. A syllabus.
2. The title, department, and number of the course.
3. Prerequisites to the course, if any.
4. The name, office number, and office hours of the instructor offering the course.
5. An explanation of policy relative to student absences.
6. The objectives and requirements of the course.
7. The basis for grading the course.
8. The texts and / or laboratory supplies required for the course.
9. Date and time of final examination (from published exam schedule; see also section J).

Planning an on-line course? GVSU's I-tech has benchmarks and best practices for web-based instruction, resources for planning and implementing on-line instruction, and links to multiple sites that collect discipline-specific web-based course information.

For more information on this or any teaching related topic, please contact the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center (331-3499) or

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