Faculty Teaching Resources
Use the link below to access the Online Course Syllabus Template. The syllabus is broken into sections, which can be rearranged, removed, or modified
to best fit your course and teaching style.
We recommend saving your edited version as a PDF file to upload into D2L. PDF files are a universal format that can be opened easily within D2L or saved and opened on all student computer.
To save a Word document as PDF:
- From the File tab, select Save As
- Select location to save
- In the Save As window, locate the "Save as type" dropdown menu options and change type to PDF.
To Save a PDF as HTML:
- Find the PDF file in your computer's folders
- Right click the PDF file
- Click "open with" and select Word
- Click "OK" to the pop-up dialogue box
- From the File tab in Word, select Save As
- Determine where you are saving the HTML document
- Click the "Save as type" drop-down menu, select "Web Page"
Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) can enhance a course and add benefit for the learners. But how do you know where and when to use OER? Start by taking a look at the instructional materials you currently use in your courses. Identify topics that students typically struggle with and/or some differentiated content to personalize the online learning experience for your course. Focus on learning objectives or outcomes. With those in mind, you can begin the search.
There are so many places to find OER. Many sites have already curated that content for you, you just need to know where to look.
- MERLOT — Contains more than 45,000 resources from the California State University System. All resources are rated, peer-reviewed and tallied by how many personal collections each resides in.
- MIT OpenCourseware — Need OER resources on aeronautics, civil engineering and material science? Then look no further than MIT's library of online textbooks, one of only a few sources for OER in these disciplines.
- OER Commons — This site from the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education offers 73,000 kinds of OER, along with tools for creating OER and training on how to use OER.
- Open Education Consortium — Join this community of more than 240 schools where you'll find an OER resource toolkit, webinars, in-person events and links to open textbooks.
- Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative — Find STEM and computing resources on this site from Pennsylvania's Carnegie Mellon University.
- Saylor Academy — Saylor's site is highly recommended for finding resources in the following disciplines: Art History, Business, Engineering, History, Political Science and Psychology.
- The Orange Grove: Florida's Open Educational Resource Repository — Use this Florida-based site to find, use and share a wide range of K-12 and postsecondary resources. You can even integrate this repository with your learning management system.