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A Syllabus Solution for Your College

A Syllabus Solution for Your College

A syllabus is the key tool for most college instructors.  But creating syllabi can pose problems.  Course data changes to keep up with ever changing program requirements.  But sometimes—the syllabi don’t keep up. For example—take this quick assessment to see if your syllabi need a tune up:

  1. Are you certain all faculty are using the correct course data—description, outcomes, credits, etc. on their syllabi?
  2. Are college guidelines for ADA and academic honesty (just to name a couple) included in every instructor’s syllabus?
  3. Are threaded outcomes on the syllabus—things like college-wide outcomes and program outcomes?
  4. Can you find a syllabus when you need it?

If you answered “no” to one or more of the questions above, you might need a syllabus tune up. 

Faculty Syllabi are Built From Approved Course Outlines

In WIDS, faculty don’t start with a blank syllabus—they start with the approved course outline information.  WIDS populates the most current data in the appropriate syllabus fields.  Because that data has been previously approved, you know that the course title, number, description and learning outcomes are correct and current!   

When program courses are updated, so are syllabi. Faculty don’t have to hunt for the right information.

College-Wide Guidelines are Easy to Add and Edit

Many colleges have standard guidelines for inclusion in the college syllabus.  Some examples include:

  • Disability Services
  • Student Responsibilities
  • Acceptable Use
  • Policies on course withdrawals and incompletes

When you use WIDS, you enter course guidelines once. Then your guidelines will automatically appear in all syllabi for the course. If your college-wide guidelines change, you make the change in one place. Then every single syllabus going forward will contain the new information.  Every single one. 

College-Wide and Program Outcomes Appear Automatically

WIDS is a mapping genius.  You can map college-wide outcomes, program outcomes, and standards to courses where they will be learned and assessed.  Once mapped in WIDS, they can appear automatically on the syllabus. Just mark a checkbox in WIDS, and your outcomes show up. Want to show program outcomes but not standards?  No problem.  You control what shows.  You setup the syllabus template with the data important to your college.

Syllabi are Archived and Easy to Find

Once you create a syllabus in WIDS, you are prompted to submit the syllabus for archiving.  This ensures that you can find any syllabus for any course at any time.  Just type in the course title and search for the syllabus date. Presto! You have hyperlinks to all syllabi from that semester.


WIDS makes syllabi easy for faculty and administrators.  And there’s plenty of opportunity for faculty to add their own details to syllabi; after all it is their course. In addition, WIDS syllabi can integrate with learning management systems seamlessly.

Download a WIDS Syllabus Sample to see college-owned course information and instructor information in one simple template. 

Want to see the WIDS syllabus tools in action?  Contact WIDS for a demo and free 14-day trial.


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