Whether you're a new faculty member or an experienced one preparing a new course, take a few moments to review these important fundamentals.
1. Your Syllabus
Accessible Syllabus Template
(meets accessibility and online/hybrid requirements)
- Syllabus Checklist
University Policy requires that faculty inform students regarding important student policies. The accessible syllabus template includes a link to these policies.
The syllabus template aligns with UPS 300.004 and the other UPS that govern general education (411.200 , 411.201 , 411.202 , 411.203 ), online (411.104 ), and hybrid classes. Download the template and modify the sample text to reflect your expectations and those of your department. You can also verify that your syllabus has all the elements required by UPS by using the checklist above
Next steps when you have more time:
- Learn about
you can incorporate in your class.
Check how well your learning objectives reflect various levels of Bloom's taxonomy.
- Include a graphic syllabus to show students relationships between your course topics.
- Explore some Creative Approaches to the Syllabus
3. Your Students
Sound instructional design normally starts with careful thought about the learners we are trying to reach. Over half of CSUF graduates are first-generation university graduates, and many of our students work and commute to school. These are all important factors to consider when assigning work and establishing deadlines.
- Next steps when you have more time:
- Develop a short list of questions to find out more about the students in your class
- Adopt strategies that help first-generation college students
4. Formative Assessment
Plan to use a few of these brief, low-stakes assessment strategies to see what your students do and don't yet understand and to engage them in reflecting on their own learning. Get a concise introduction to formative assessment or review examples of a few popular Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) to get started. Then plan how you'll share what you learned through the CATs with your students.