Reminder: Although many of these items are listed on a course syllabus, these items are also
required to be adapted to use for a course management system. Other items are applicable
throughout your course, such as the tone of writing.
1.1 Syllabus document includes detailed course policies and procedures as required by
Ferris State University.
1.2 Measurable Student Outcomes stated in student-friendly language (If revision is needed,
please follow applicable Ferris Curriculum Revision process).
1.3 Program or college learning outcomes stated if applicable.
1.4 Schedule of Events inclusive of key coursework timelines and relevant course information.
1.5 Effort made to use low cost or no cost textbooks and materials when available (Contact
your library liaison for assistance with OER and other online resources).
1.6 Welcoming message from the instructor with name and appropriate instructor image.
1.7 Course image (e.g., picture of textbook) or other graphics included to “brand” the
1.8 Overview contains a general introduction to the course including course name, section
number, semester, any meeting times and locations.
1.9 Instructor lists his/her contact preference and multiple forms of communication (e.g.
phone, email and virtual office hours).
1.10 Instructor describes his/her "role" in the course, such as whether or not they will
respond to tech support types of questions.
1.11 Instructions clearly tell students how and where to get started for course components,
e.g. "Start Here" area/module/folder with information how this online course ‘works.’
1.12 Tone of writing warm and student friendly.
Below are videos with examples of good course design as it relates to the rubric.