Considered an important deliverable for accreditation and a contract with students, syllabi have been notoriously difficult to standardize and maintain. Every semester, hundreds if not thousands of syllabi are created by faculty across many different schools, colleges, and departments lacking efficient means for updating and managing that data; not surprisingly, nearly one in two college administrators now report that their institution has a problem with consistency in their syllabi. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Get started on a path to a simpler future with dynamic syllabus templates.
Simple Syllabus increases efficiency by leveraging frequently used content to automatically build key components of your syllabi so your faculty and staff don’t have to. These components are organized into syllabus templates and are used to ensure consistent messaging around class scheduling, office hours, textbooks to be used, policies, instructor bios and even content sensitive to accreditation such as learning objectives and the course outline. While most syllabus templates will heavily utilize components, Simple Syllabus also helps engage content owners – giving them the ability to quickly and easily personalize their own syllabi directly within the learning management system using the template.
Simple Syllabus empowers schools with an online, easy-to-use template builder that establishes required syllabus components. Completely personalize the syllabus template to your institution’s needs by creating and configuring as many dedicated component areas as needed. Assign content ownership to different layers of the organization, for instance, policies to academic affairs, grading scale to department chairs, and assignments to course instructors.
Leverage the power of data and pre-populate key information within the syllabus template for faculty. Fields that may change each semester such as class location, day, or time can be automatically setup in the syllabus template and injected from the SIS into the final syllabus to reduce errors and save faculty time. Simple Syllabus blocks are customized during implementation and can utilize any data stored in existing campus systems to fill out basic fields to lengthy rich text descriptions.
Give instructors complete control and autonomy of the areas of the syllabus that matter most to them with writable rights. Configure syllabus components to be optional and let instructors decide whether to include them or not in their syllabus template. When enabled, Ad Hoc components give instructors the ability to add additional areas of content to an established template to further personalize a syllabus to their classroom. Sorting if engaged lets instructors reorganize the sequencing of content.
Write business logic that drives content creation for major portions of your syllabus through conditional logic. Outline rules and swap out content dynamically based on campuses, delivery methods, credit hours, and more. Rules can be built using any system attribute associated with a course, section, user, or organizational unit. Use operators such as is, is not, is empty, etc to trigger conditions that execute logic.
Accelerate the onboarding of new instructors or adjuncts with built in help text, how-tos, and guides for creating each syllabus component directly within the template. Pre-populate suggested default text for syllabus components to help get instructors started on creating engaging syllabus content. Link out to external faculty support resources inline throughout the syllabus template.
Instantly make changes to syllabus templates campus wide with peace of mind. Updates made through a single centralized template will propagate out to all syllabi campus wide using that structure. Choose to update syllabi for the current term or choose an effective term in the future. Keep an archive of every syllabus template used by your institution grouped by term.