Coming Soon: Updates to this page for Brightspace. The template itself has already been updated to remove all references to Blackboard and include updated technical requirements for Brightspace.
What is the CTEL Syllabus Template?
It’s a document we maintain that sets up all the common formatting and policy information for a course syllabus required by the Provost’s office. In addition, our syllabus template has prompts marked with square brackets that will advise you on what information to include for your students.
Why should I use it?
You don’t have to, but it’ll save you time compared to writing a syllabus from scratch. More importantly, as long as you follow the prompts we’ve included, you’ll be providing your students with a clear, accessible document that lays out everything they need to know about your course. Furthermore, we update this template regularly to include changes to phone numbers, policies, technology requirements, etc.
Download the CTEL Syllabus Template
Google Docs Version
Open the Google Docs version of our syllabus, then on the preview page, click the Use Template button to create your own copy.
Microsoft Word Version
Download a Word (.docx) version of our syllabus template. You can edit the file in Microsoft Word and save a copy to your computer.
How do I post my syllabus in Blackboard?
Depending on what software you used to create your syllabus, you have a few options for adding it to your Blackboard course. However, CTEL recommends you create your syllabus in Google Docs, then link to it in Blackboard. This option has the following advantages:
- It’s much simpler to provide an updated version of your syllabus because you won’t have to swap out files in Blackboard.
- Students get immediate access to your syllabus with one click, as opposed to having to download a file, find that file, and open it.
- Students can easily download and print a copy of your syllabus in another format if they wish.
If we still haven’t convinced you and you want to use Microsoft Word or another program, we’ve included instructions for adding it as a file to Blackboard as well.
Method 1: Posting your Syllabus via Google Docs (Recommended)
First, update your syllabus in Google Docs using our Syllabus Template, then complete these two tasks.
Method 2: Posting your Syllabus via Microsoft Word or other Software
First, create your syllabus in Microsoft Word using the CTEL Syllabus Template, then complete these two tasks.