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Liquid Syllabus

Liquid Syllabus
Sacramento State University
Michelle Dang, Instructor from Sacramento State University, created this liquid syllabus to welcome students before the semester began. The liquid syllabus contains key information to help students get started and helps create a sense of engagement and community with the course. The students are practicing school nurses; hence, Michelle used images of school children to enhance engagement and connectedness.

Samples of Student Work - Video Assignment

Samples of Student Work - Video Assignment
California State University, Fresno
Mary Bennett, Instructional Designer and QLT Course Manager, shares an assignment from the QLT Training course in which instructors develop an "Introduction Welcome Video" about themselves. In the assignment three samples of welcome videos developed by other instructors are shared (with permission) as samples to preview before beginning the assignment.

Course Communication and Netiquette Statement

Course Communication and Netiquette Statement
California State University, Fresno
Mary Bennett, Instructional Designer at Fresno State and CSU QLT Manager, provides a sample of the QLT Course Communication and Netiquette Statement that is in the syllabus. The statement provides nine statements that can be used or modified for any course.

CSU QLT Course Technology Skills and Learner Expectations and Attribute Checklist

CSU QLT Course Technology Skills and Learner Expectations and Attribute Checklist
California State University, Fresno
Instructional Designer and CSU QLT Course Manager, Mary Bennett from Fresno State shares the CSU QLT course technology skills that are required to be successful in the QLT training courses. Additionally, the learner attributes and expectations to be successful in an online course are shared. These can be used or modified for any course.

Instructor Information

Instructor Information
California State University, Los Angeles
Michelle Lopez, an Instructor from CSU Los Angeles, provides a detailed syllabus for CLS 1300. Included in the syllabus is a Facilitator Corner section that includes contact information, office hours, a link to the Zoom room, as well as a Meet Your Professor paragraph with both personal and professional information.

Annotated Bibliography Assignment Example

Annotated Bibliography Assignment Example
San Francisco State University
Courtney Donovan, an Instructor from San Francisco State University, provides an annotated bibliography assignment designed to help students gain research skills while working alongside a peer. The instructor provides an example of an annotated bibliography entry with sentence starters to guide students.

Detailed Course Description & Format

Detailed Course Description & Format
California State University, Los Angeles
Michelle Lopez, an Instructor from CSU Los Angeles, provides a detailed syllabus for CLS 1300. A sample of the course description is provided that is clear to students indicating the course is online and asynchronous and the topics covered and assessments taken.

HSU Template - Online Technical Skills & Requirements

HSU Template - Online Technical Skills & Requirements
California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt
Kim Vincent-Layton, an Instructional Designer at Cal Poly Humboldt, created a basic template for all online courses. The template provides 6 tips for success as an online learner, attitude and technical skills required, and minimum hardware and software requirements. This can be modified to fit any class.

Instructor Learner Profile

Instructor Learner Profile
California State University, Northridge
Instructor Carmen Saunders-Russell, from CSU Northridge, uses Canva to creatively share her instructor profile. It includes preferred pronouns, words that describe her as a learner, what motivates her to learn, her learning goals for the course, her experience about adult learning theories, and a fun fact about her that you won't find on her resume. Providing a detailed profile humanizes the instructor and creates a sense of belonging in the course.

Clear Homepage Navigation with Accessible Icons

Clear Homepage Navigation with Accessible Icons
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Manuel Diaz, an Instructor from Cal Poly Pomona, shares a homepage that is clear and accessible with button icons as evidenced by the Ally "green" indicators in the bottom left of each image. Home page has a clear instructor welcome, followed by buttons to access the syllabus, scholar cafe, and weekly module buttons.

Canvas Home Page

Canvas Home Page
California State University, Fresno
Instructor Faith Sidlow from Fresno State, created a redesigned homepage in Canvas that includes 15 buttons along the bottom of the homepage for each week. A clear link to takes the user to the syllabus and also to the start here module. There is also a warm instructor welcome message in the middle of the page along with a graphic and course title.

Clear Organized HomePage

Clear Organized HomePage
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Iman Hemmatian, an Instructor from Cal Poly Pomona, shares a homepage that is organized clearly with a college banner, instructor welcome video & transcript, instructions to begin the course including the syllabus, start here, and buttons to access all modules from the course home page.

Course Home Page With Accessible Icons

Course Home Page With Accessible Icons
California State University, Stanislaus
Kanwaljit Dulai, an Instructor from CSU Stanislaus, creates a home page with accessible button icons as evidenced by the green Ally gauge. The first five buttons link to important course pages with resources commonly visited by students. The last five buttons are proprietary to this course and link through to the five unit modules.

Course Home Page

Course Home Page
California State University, Fresno
Jesse Bower, an Instructor from Fresno State, shares a redesigned homepage with a clear brief welcome statement, image of the instructor, contact information and office hours and quick links to the main course components.

Organized Homepage Using Bitmojis

Organized Homepage Using Bitmojis
California State University, Stanislaus
Instructor Russell Ewick from CSU Stanislaus, provides a visually appealing homepage using Bitmojis to take the user to the Start Here, Syllabus, Student Services, and Modules 1-7. The course homepage also includes an instructor welcome video, instructor contact information, and instructions on how to start the course.

Academic Integrity Statement from Syllabus

Academic Integrity Statement from Syllabus
San Jose State University
Darra Hofman, an Instructor from San Jose State University, provides their syllabus which includes an expanded discussion of policy and supports, as well as an explanation of their approach to providing accommodations. The syllabus also explains the course environment, expectations around inclusion and equity, and explicitly invites students to participate in office hours.

Getting Started Module

Getting Started Module
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Navid Nakhjiri, an Instructor from Cal Poly Pomona, provides a visual sample of the Getting Started Module in Canvas. The elements of the module include a welcome from the instructor, course schedule, Syllabus quiz, student profile survey, Q&A, and Campus Resources including technology support.

Course Home Page

Course Home Page
California State University, Fresno
Melanie Wenrick, an Instructor from Fresno State, provides a clean easy to follow home page that provides for accessible image buttons used for the syllabus, weekly, and discussion board. Graphic buttons were created in PowerPoint and imported as images. A welcoming introduction about the purpose of the course and distance learning model used.

Course Video Tour

Course Video Tour
California State University, Fresno
Meta Schettler, an Instructor from Fresno State, provides a video tour with consistent navigation and clear instructions for students to begin accessing all course components, such as syllabus, course calendar, assignments, campus support resources, campus policies and support files.

Plagiarism Workshop Wrap-Up Activities

Plagiarism Workshop Wrap-Up Activities
California State University, Fresno
Judith Scott, an Instructor at Fresno State, shares a plagiarism workshop where students can work together on the practice exam before meeting meeting in Zoom to take the assessment quiz independently. As a class, they watch a plagiarism video and then in Zoom, students work in breakout rooms to prepare for the post test. Students have the opportunity to ask the instructor and classmates questions and the delivery of the workshop provides multiple opportunities to give feedback.

Course Home Page with Colorful Buttons

Course Home Page with Colorful Buttons
California State University, Fresno
Instructor Paul Price from Fresno State, created a home page for the course that includes a Welcome Message and colorful buttons linked to the Start Here area, Syllabus, Modules, Question Cafe, and the instructor Contact information. The buttons are simple png images that can be used as large, colorful navigation buttons on a Canvas homepage. They simply need to be added to the page and a link inserted that takes the user to the relevant location within the site. When added to Canvas, they should be given alternative text reading, e.g., "Button Linking to the Start Here Page."

Diversity Statement & Learner Support Resources

Diversity Statement & Learner Support Resources
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Juanita Jellyman, an Instructor from Cal Poly Pomona, provides a syllabus that includes technical support, a diversity statement and resources available to support students.

Revised Home Page

Revised Home Page
California State University, Fresno
Nisha Nair, an Instructor at Fresno State, includes a welcoming home page in the Evaluation in Nursing Education Course. The page includes a brief welcome message with a link to a Learner Profile Survey as well as important course links and links to each course module.

Syllabus - Updated Policies and Diversity Statement

Syllabus - Updated Policies and Diversity Statement
California State University, Fresno
Christopher Moss, an Instructor from Fresno State, provides a syllabus updated to be more inclusive with diversity and accessibility information. Sample templates were provided by Fresno State and added to provide an update to the syllabus that is more accessible and inclusive.

Student Profile Survey

Student Profile Survey
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Professor Tannaz Rezaei Damavandi, an Instructor from Cal Poly Pomona, provides a 10 question student survey implemented in Google form. This form captures some information about computer science major students who take "Design and Analysis of Algorithms" course in virtual instructional mode.

Interactive Syllabus Questionnaire

Interactive Syllabus Questionnaire
California State University, Fresno
Hillary Jones, an Instructor at Fresno State, uses an interactive syllabus which takes students through all of the material on a traditional syllabus but also asks students questions about their goals, concerns, and questions about the class empowering professors to engage students from day one. This interactive syllabus was developed using Google forms and was inspired by Dr. Guy McHendry's work on InteractiveSyllabus.com.

Student Success Survey

Student Success Survey
California State University, Long Beach
Adam Kahn, an Instructor from CSU Long Beach, shares a "Student Success Survey" which helps instructors get to know students, both personally and in terms of identifying their basic needs and barriers to success. It was built in Qualtrics but is being uploaded in Word format for easy adaptation to other survey software and/or LMS. Students fill it out in the first week of class, and the instructor personally emails every student to let them know they read their responses and provides resources/suggestions based on any barriers they may have identified. Note: some of these questions were derived from the Long Beach City College Cultural Curriculum Audit program.

Home Page

Home Page
California State University, Fresno
Instructor Tom Boroujeni from Fresno State, designed the course home page to offer a centralized location for students to begin and navigate the course. The inviting and easy to navigate site includes resources for students that they can click on to access information about what is available to them, such as the campus food pantry and health services.

Community Policies Presentation

Community Policies Presentation
California State University, Northridge
Joannie Aguayo, an Instructor from CSU Northridge, shares a presentation which provides course community policies, including a diversity statement, commitment to gender-neutral language, microaggressions or biased-language, netiquette, web-cam etiquette, academic honesty, tips for success.

Course Introduction Page

Course Introduction Page
California State University, San Bernardino
Pamela Medinag, an Instructor from CSU San Bernardino, developed a course introduction page to include buttons for accessing the course materials, the instructor contact, and describing the objective of the course. The page also a video to introduce students to the course, and create a sense of community with the instructor at the onset.

Syllabus - Academic Integrity Policy

Syllabus - Academic Integrity Policy
California State University, Fresno
Instructor Hubert Cecotti from Fresno State uses the Fresno State syllabus template which provides detail about the academic integrity policy.

Course Welcome Message

Course Welcome Message
California State University, Fresno
Joan Sharma, an Instructor at Fresno State, developed a welcome message that includes a warm introduction to the course as well as essential information about required course materials and supplies.

Diversity Statement

Diversity Statement
California State University, Fresno
Erin Dormedy, an Instructor from Fresno State, provides an intentional and warm statement celebrating student diversity.

Syllabus Diversity Statement

Syllabus Diversity Statement
California State University, San Bernardino
Treasure Ortiz, an Instructor from CSU San Bernardino, incorporates a diversity statement into the class syllabus. This statement is written specifically for students in a public administration class who work with all types of communities and community members. This statement is focused on inclusion and diversity and includes a statement that reads: "Diversity and inclusion are only obtained through understanding and empathy, while we may not agree on everything, at the end of the day, what you think, and feel is valuable to the conversation."

Course Homepage

Course Homepage
California State University, Fresno
Feiyan Chen, an Instructor at Fresno State, developed an engaging homepage to welcome students and to guide them to start the course. The instructor uses icons and images to provide students with easy access to the course tools and modules.

Course Home Page

Course Home Page
California State University, Fresno
Dr. Rana Shailesh, an Instructor at Fresno State, created a home page in their course using accessible images and graphics. The home page includes a banner and a welcome message as well as buttons to the Start Here area, the syllabus, a welcome video and the modules in the course.

Home Page Example

Home Page Example
California State University, Fresno
In this Home Page Example, Instructor Laura Huisinga from Fresno State, includes 5 quick links for students to navigate upon entering the course which include a course teaser video, course description, and overview links to all modules and assignments. The instructor also introduces the purpose of the course and its relevance to the degree program.

Course Description and Format on Home Page

Course Description and Format on Home Page
California State University, Northridge
Professor Amir Gharehgozli from CSU Northridge, shares a detailed visual of the course homepage which includes a brief description of the course, image of the instructor, and course synchronous session meeting times. The buttons are created using De Button Factory (https://www.clickminded.com/button-generator/) and the word cloud is generated using Wordclouds (https://www.wordclouds.com/).

Learner Profile Survey - Open Ended Questions

Learner Profile Survey - Open Ended Questions
California State University, Long Beach
Nataliya Acc-Nikmehr, an Instructor at CSU Long Beach, developed a 13 open ended question Learner Profile Survey to learn more about the students in their classroom.

Learner Contract Syllabus Activity

Learner Contract Syllabus Activity
California State University, Fresno
Megan Pronovost, an Instructor at Fresno State, uses a syllabus activity in the form of a learner contract. Students read statements that provide information in the syllabus and indicate that they understand the course expectations. The statements include important information about the course that is included in the syllabus.

Course Home Page

Course Home Page
Sacramento State University
Greg Kim-Ju, an Instructor at Sacramento State University, created an inviting and easy to navigate home page making it easy for students to access areas of the course. Included are icons and links to Start Here, Syllabus, Modules, and the Question Café. In addition, students are greeted with an inclusive course banner and a welcome video from the instructor.

Inclusion and Diversity Statement

Inclusion and Diversity Statement
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Olga Griswold, an Instructor at Cal Poly Pomona, includes a statement in the syllabus that reflects their ideology regarding inclusivity and diversity. The statement communicates that all students are to subscribe to the notion that respect for others and their points of view in a civil discussion - even when they may disagree or disapprove - is paramount to productive learning and work environments. The statement also lets students know that whatever their lived experiences are, they have something important to contribute to the knowledge construction in the classroom.

Student Profile Survey

Student Profile Survey
California State University, Fresno
Carlos Martinez, an Instructor at Fresno State, developed an optional survey in Canvas that is given to students during the first week of class. The questions are designed for the instructor to get to know the students and if there are any barriers to their learning.

Student Survey

Student Survey
San Jose State University
Lei Zhang, a Professor at San Jose State University, developed a survey using Google Forms. Questions include learning about the students, their course goals and learning styles.

Textbook Access Information using EdPuzzle

Textbook Access Information using EdPuzzle
California State University, Fresno
Haiying Zhang, an Instructor from Fresno State, takes what would otherwise be a static experience, reading the information on how to access the course text, and creates a video showing this process. EdPuzzle was used to add multiple-choice and open-ended questions. The added quiz questions provide students with instant feedback to some of the most frequently asked questions at the beginning of the semester regarding the textbook for this course.

Learning Profile

Learning Profile
California State University, San Bernardino
Carmen Beck, an Instructor at CSU San Bernardino, used Google Forms to create a survey asking students information about themselves that will help the instructor better understand them. The questions also help the instructor become aware of any challenges so that they can better support the students and create a more inclusive environment.

Diversity Statement

Diversity Statement
California State University, Bakersfield
Gladys Gillam, an Instructor at CSU Bakersfield, includes a Diversity Statement in the syllabus that communicates respect for the diversity of students, countries, and cultures.

Diversity Statement

Diversity Statement
California State University, Fresno
Tanya Stratton, an Instructor at Fresno State, includes a detailed diversity statement in the syllabus. This statement also encourages students to make suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the course for them or for other students or student groups.

Course Home Page

Course Home Page
California State University, Fresno
Gil Kim, an Instructor at Fresno State, created a welcoming home page where students are greeted with a friendly message and an instructor introduction video. Buttons for each module were also added using Canvas for graphics that link to each area of the course.

Student Profile Survey

Student Profile Survey
California State University, Fresno
Dakota Draconi, an Instructor at Fresno State, created a Student Profile Survey on Canvas that the students will take in the second week of class. The purpose of this survey is to get to know the students, including their learning goals for the course, and learn how the instructor can best support them through the semester.

Learner Profile Survey

Learner Profile Survey
California State University, Bakersfield
Jamie Butow, an Instructor at CSU Bakersfield, developed this learner survey to send to students at the beginning of each semester. In addition to asking about any anxiety they may have with the course content and online pedagogy, it addresses any obstacles they may have in their lives that would affect their coursework.

Class Diversity Statement

Class Diversity Statement
California State University, San Bernardino
Charlene Eaton, an Instructor at CSU San Bernardino, includes a Class Diversity Statement to help to set the tone for classes that can be difficult and controversial due to subject matter. This statement clarifies the role of both student and instructor in terms of verbal exchanges/discussions in the classroom. It also promotes proper communication etiquette, tolerance and understanding, and respect for each other. The skills learned from this activity are used beyond the classroom, helping to create a more accepting and tolerant society. This statement is reviewed together as a class to promote understanding and mutual consideration.

Welcome Page - Instructor Information

Welcome Page - Instructor Information
California State University, Fresno
Alicia Iriberri, an Instructor at Fresno State, created a highly engaging and interactive Welcome Page that includes a variety of ways that students can contact the instructor. The information also included in the syllabus, facilitates a quick way for students to find the information they are looking for.

Learner Profile Survey for a Hybrid Course

Learner Profile Survey for a Hybrid Course
San Jose State University
Rachel Lazzeri-Aerts, an Instructor at San Jose State University, developed this learner survey designed for a hybrid course that includes distance learning and in-person field trips. Instructors can gain insight into their students that will be helpful in designing a course that enables all learners to be successful.

Learner Profile Survey for an Online Course

Learner Profile Survey for an Online Course
San Jose State University
Assistant Professor Indumathi Jeyachandran from San Jose State University, uses this survey to gauge students' experience in taking an online class, and their feeling about being in an online course. Further, questions on students’ experience in using the required software is included.

Sample Course Home Page

Sample Course Home Page
San Jose State University
Debra Hunter, an Instructor at San Jose State University, designed this home page to provide clear and detailed instructions for students to access course content. The intuitive layout includes buttons and links to course modules, a short video introducing the instructor, and 'Quick Link' buttons to frequently accessed course components.

Survey - Personal Goals and Influences

Survey - Personal Goals and Influences
California State University, Chico
John Meyer, an Instructor from CSU Chico, shares a 9-item survey to learn about the students in the class, any potential and perceived obstacles to their success, as well as their academic and personal goals. Additionally, the survey result will inform examples used in the course so that they are more relevant and accessible.

Learner Profile Survey - JOUR 218 Media, Self & Society

Learner Profile Survey - JOUR 218 Media, Self & Society
California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
Patti Piburn, an Instructor from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, shares a 8-item Learner Profile Survey deployed in JOUR 218 Media, Self & Society. It asks students to identify their goals, personal pronouns, workplace environment, and their feelings about taking an online class.

Online Netiquette Discussion Expectations

Online Netiquette Discussion Expectations
California State University, San Marcos
Marisol Clark-lbanez, an Instructor from CSU San Marcos, provides an example where an instructor went above and beyond the normal etiquette rules to include guidance for students on how to disagree, make arguments, and be kind to other students. She gives them instructions on how to argue an idea and not argue with a person directly.

Video Walkthrough of a Course Activity

Video Walkthrough of a Course Activity
California State University, Northridge
Nanci Carr, an Instructor at CSU Northridge, used Camtasia to create a video showing students the steps to view a video of an article posted on Canvas. The video shows students how to download content in different formats so that it is more accessible and provides options for accessing lesson content.

Instructor Introduction Video

Instructor Introduction Video
California State University, Fresno
In this video, Nancy Akhavan an Instructor at Fresno State, introduces herself and also provides context for the course.