Creating a Great Course Syllabus

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    For many teachers, the writing of a course syllabus is a burdensome task, with relatively little meaning.

    However, effective syllabi provide a basis for intentional learning-centred education, with parameters for mutual accountability between the instructor and the students. One great way of writing a course syllabus is through the practice of “backward design” of courses for multidimensional learning which includes components related to purpose, outcomes, learning tasks, learning activities, learning resources and accountability elements.  

    As educationalists increasingly take seriously the notion that education is about learning not teaching, and as research grows about the nature of learning and the means by which learning can be promoted, new models of educational design are emerging. This course will help you become familiar with an efficient model of syllabus creation.

    Course Outcomes

    This course sets the foundations for the writing of syllabi according to the “backward design” approach.  The course is suitable for theology teachers who are looking for a step by step guide through the design processes for multidimensional learning.

    Course content
    • Introduction to course syllabus design.
    • The purpose statement.
    • Learning outcomes.
    • Learning tasks.
    • Learning activities.
    • Learning resources
    • General information
    • Writing your course syllabus


    This course is authored by Dr Perry Shaw. Perry has had a long-term passion to see theological schools create and implement multidimensional purpose-driven curricula that promote the development of missional leadership. His areas of expertise include theological perspectives on theological education, curriculum development, teaching methodology, and educational psychology. He is the author of Transforming Theological Education

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    10 hours of learning (online work and project)

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points

    Completion requirements

    You will need to complete the learning sections, a project and a quiz assessing your basic knowledge and understanding of syllabus writing.

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