Simple Syllabus

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What does your syllabus say about your course? Does it spark interest, ignite the passion to learn, or excite the learners? While it’s a contract between you and the students, it doesn’t have to be a simple list of policies, procedures and boring. Let our instructional designers assist you in creating such a document; while still incorporating the required and suggested syllabus language. 

A syllabus is often seen as a learning contract between instructor and student, so it’s important to pay attention to the information that’s included.

Syllabus Elements Document updated July 2023 – The University has created this document so that all course syllabi contain this important information. Emergency Preparedness Protocol is one example.

In the fall of 2022, the university implemented the Simple Syllabus Management System. Simple Syllabus is a centralized, template-driven platform that enables instructors to quickly personalize and publish interactive class syllabi —directly within the university’s Learning Management System Blackboard Learn.

Blackboard Learn

Each individual course section at VALPO has an associated Simple Syllabus template and can be accessed within Blackboard through a link on the menu or directly from VALPO’s Simple Syllabus production website to access your personal dashboard and VALPO’s Syllabus Library.


Resources are available in the Simple Syllabus How-To for Faculty and VALPO’s Confluence Knowledge Base articles.

Read about Simple Syllabus features at their knowledge base “Guide.”

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For additional help with your syllabus, please submit a CITAL helpdesk ticket or email