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Teaching Resources

The Biggio Center engages, supports and empowers Auburn’s academic community in each phase of the scholarly teaching and transformative learning process.

  • The Biggio Center has created a sample syllabus in Canvas that can be a very helpful place to start:
  • Instructors should provide students with a complete syllabus at the start of semester, including specific course objectives; the grading system and method of determining the final grade; the relative importance of assigned papers, quizzes, examinations, class preparation, and participation; the approximate schedule for examinations; and the policy on unannounced quizzes. (source: Faculty Handbook 4.2.1)
  • Departments should collect and keep a copy of the syllabus for each course taught each semester. The syllabi must be collected by the second week of each semester and stored online or in a reasonably accessible location in the departmental office. Each syllabus must be kept for a minimum of 12 months after the completion of the term in which the course is offered.

Academic Honesty

Class Attendance

  • Faculty should include an attendance policy with the course syllabus. It should be administered in accord with the policy on class attendance.

Early Alert Grades

  • Faculty teaching core courses and first-year seminars must record in Banner an early alert grade for all students at midterm. This information is used by university advising and academic support resources to identify students of concern for additional outreach.
  • More information on Academic Support Resources available to all students is here.
  • Early Alert Grade Policy

Emergencies and Students of Concern

Faculty Program Abroad Director's Agreement

Directed Studies for Undergraduates

Final Exam Guidelines

All additions, modifications and deletions of courses and programs (majors, minors or certificates) must be approved by at least the CLA and University Curriculum Committees. Depending on the type of change, further on-campus, state or accreditor notification/approval may be necessary. So plan ahead and start curriculum changes as early as possible.

The Provost Office pages on Curriculum Management is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to all things related to course and program changes.

The curriculum process can be confusing and the Course Inventory Management (CIM) web interface for making changes is not terribly user-friendly. Department chairs typically are the local experts on curriculum matters. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs works closely with the CLA curriculum committee, department chairs and any faculty with questions about the process. So if you have questions, ask. Don’t let good curriculum changes be stymied by a confusing system.