Course Delivery - Syllabus

Syllabus guidelines

Note to instructors:

The course syllabus forms the basis of a contract between instructor and the enrolled students. A clearly-worded syllabus is essential for distance students who may not have the ability to check their understanding of your requirements by catching you in the hallway after class. By using this official document to precisely state your expectations for learning and behavior in your course, you will minimize possible confusion and misunderstanding.

Ecampus has created a Syllabus Template as a modifiable Word document file for your ease of use. It is meant not as a static document, but as a beginning point. We encourage you to personalize the template to reflect the uniqueness of your course, your individual approach built upon your experience, incorporating departmental and associated institutional or professional requirements where called for. Feel free to re-state text to accommodate your individual style of presentation.

Download the syllabus template as a Word document:

If you need assistance posting the syllabus to your Canvas course, please send it to, who will facilitate posting it for you.

The syllabus template uses the guidelines established by OSU Academic Programs and Curriculum Council.

These guidelines provide a framework for the required sections, and include additional suggested elements:

  • Required sections are indicated in black font: please provide the information to complete each of the minimum required sections.
  • Optional sections and comments to the instructors are highlighted in orange. Please edit these.

We would like to thank many of our instructors who have given permission to make available to you various wording they have found to be useful and successful. You have their permission to adapt their wording to your use as you see fit. Feel free to delete the optional wording you do not want to use. If you have examples of sample verbiage that you feel other instructors might find useful, please forward your contributions to