Visual Syllabus Makeover





Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: Room 331 DeBartolo Classroom Hall
Presenter(s): Chris Clark, Assistant Director of the Kaneb Center

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In this workshop, you will use visual design principles to make your syllabus more attractive, efficient and effective. Handouts are commonly limited to black text on a white background. Using color and images can add meaning and make materials more effective. Crowded pages are hard to digest; a little extra space can make it easier to follow.

Bring your syllabus and give it a makeover!

Learning Goal:

Improve student learning by updating a syllabus so that it follows principles of visual design and incorporates images, color, and other design elements.


  1. Syllabus as a Word document or Google Doc

  2. Optional: Mac laptop if you're uncomfortable with Windows


In the Library:

Graphics For Learning - Cover

White Space is Not Your Enemy, by Golombisky & Hagen
(online access - ND only)

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People, by Weinschenk
(online access - ND only)

Graphics for Learning, by Clark & Lyons
(online access - ND only)

Online Resources:

How to make a visually awesome handout

Three-minute Handout Makeover 

Resources: Pixabay | Flaticon | Google Fonts | Adobe Color | VisCheck

Visual syllabus

Google Drive folder with downloadble templates


May help complete a requirement for the Teaching Well Using Technology program.

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