Polishing the Look of Your Syllabus

Rules of Thumb - Use:

  • Clear 12 point type
  • San serif fonts for headings, serif for text
  • Bullets for clarity
  • Bolding and italics for emphasis
  • Two fonts per document, maximum
  • Make sure all links are working
  • Make sure students can easily print your syllabi.
  • Decide if your syllabi will be one long page, or several linked pages
  • One long online page is easier to print, but it is easier to become lost in the document.
  • Don’t load your syllabi with large graphics, sounds, or videos - It takes too long to load the page