The Ultimate Guide To Syllabus Usability

Continuous improvement meets syllabi. Download this free resource on best practices for syllabus template design and publishing processes that promote usability for students.


  • 24 pages of research and recommendations
  • More than 75 actionable guidelines
  • In-depth coverage of four core categories
    • Design
    • Structure
    • Content
    • Delivery

Data Analysis:
Your Student's Opinion

A new infographic, derived from an in-depth survey of several hundred students from institutions nationwide, helps bring into focus the academic information students value most, and what, in their opinion, needs the biggest improvement with regards to class syllabi.

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Syllabus Management: Virtual Demo Hub

The virtual demo hub contains videos and product documentation to help institutional stakeholders explore the benefits of syllabus management technology and the capabilities of the Simple Syllabus platform. Perfect for:

  • Initial introduction to syllabus management
  • Users who want to learn more about Simple Syllabus at their own pace
  • Ability to review content multiple times and invite others on campus that may be interested
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Research Survey:
The Current State of Syllabi

An important tool for the classroom and a deliverable for accreditation, syllabi have long been a critical part of the learning experience — but what do educators and administrators really think about creating and using syllabi? We asked, you answered.

In this report, you’ll be presented with a statistical representation of how syllabi are created and used on campuses across the nation. Faculty, deans, provost’s office, registrar’s staff, and others have all weighed in on the standards and perceptions of academic content as presented in their syllabi.

Margin of error of +/- 6.6% with a confidence level of 90%.

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Research Survey:
The Student Perspective

This study brings into focus how today’s information-driven, on-demand economy has shaped student expectations for the way their professors and administrators—and even institutions—communicate with them about their studies. Students perceive the timely delivery of information as a critical component of their academic success. They want information, and they want it sooner rather than later. With the average cost of a credit hour now estimated to be $594.46, can we really blame them?

Margin of error of +/- 5.61% with a confidence level of 90%.


Buyers Guide: Syllabus Management Software

What do schools most commonly look for in a syllabus management platform? Why do institutions value these different functionalities? The Buyers Guide: Syllabus Management Software, compiles a list of over 65 distinct features of syllabus management and the justification for why the features are so critical.

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Data Analysis: The Average College Syllabus

A new infographic, derived from an in-depth analysis of several hundred syllabi from more than 50 institutions,  helps bring into focus the evolving role that syllabi play on campus and the critical information disseminated to students through these documents. 

Infographic data compiled from analysis of several hundred syllabi from 53 institutions, including 4-year public, 4-year private, and 2-year community colleges of varying sizes.

Average Syllabus Example Template

Business Case: The numbers behind syllabus management

Not sure if your institution needs to evaluate it’s current syllabus management processes? This one-sheet benchmarks the average institution’s operation dedicated to updating, publishing, and retrieving syllabi across campus.

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