Syllabus Development:


St. Marys College of California and the EdTech Department utilize Quality Matters (QM) standards to guide the design of online courses.

The syllabus is a place for you as the instructor to communicate your course design to your students. An online syllabus should clearly define expectations and responsibilities. Developing a quality online syllabus directly influences the academic success of students.

The syllabus is an intricate and ever-changing document. The EdTech team is here to provide support on the entire syllabus process.

Creating Effective Learning Objectives

Bloom's Taxonomy


Learning objectives are specific and measurable statements of what the learner will know or be able to do as a result of engaging in a learning activity. Learning objectives should be written in a student-centered, measurable way that is specific, concise, meaningful, and achievable.

Bloom's Taxonomy is a vital tool to help develop learning objectives because it explains the hierarchical process of learning. Bloom's Taxonomy allows us to classify the degree to which we want our learners to understand and use concepts and demonstrate particular skills.

By using measurable verbs to create learning objectives, you clearly indicate what the learner must do in order to demonstrate learning.

Bloom's Taxonomy

Syllabus Template

Here is a syllabus template that faculty may use as a guide. Your department may have additional requirements.

Syllabus Template

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources to help you develop your Syllabus and learning objectives:

Align Assessments with Objectives (Carnegie Mellon University)

Formative and Summative Assessments (Yale University)

Articulate Your Learning Objectives (Carnegie Mellon University)

Measurable Verbs (Utica College)