Course Design

Planning Your Course

If you are new to the Silberman School of Social Work, your Chair will provide you with a sample or master course syllabus. The syllabus contains the topics that you are required to cover to meet the stated competencies. You may use the syllabus as is or you may revise the order of the topics, the assignments, and/or the assessments, to meet your vision.

Please note, all courses at Silberman contain an online component and a small, but growing, number of courses are mostly online. The two formats are defined as:


  • Hybrid: two hours in the classroom, one hour online via Blackboard each week.
  • Super-hybrid: three in-person classes (first, last, and one in the middle) and remaining sessions are conducted via Blackboard.

If you need help planning your course – the assessments, activities, or online components – please request a consultation with our Educational Technologist, Deepa Rao-Sisario, The consultation can be via in-person, via phone, or online via Adobe Connect.



Ideas for Using Discussion Boards [PDF]
Tips for Facilitating Discussions Online [PDF]
Quick Strategies for Planning Your Super-Hybrid Course [PDF]
Moving Online: Activities and Tools [PDF]
Creating Rubrics to Assess Learners [PDF]


Hunter’s Office of Assessment

You may also use the services offered by Hunter College’s Office of Assessment. In addition to assessing departments and programs, they work with individual faculty to assess their course. Visit their website for more information.



As you collect and develop materials for your course, please keep in mind that some students may have disabilities, such as hearing, learning, or vision impairments. We encourage you to visit the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines page or Hunter’s Office of AccessAbility to learn more about how you can support your students.

Accessibility Information and Checklist [PDF]



For more information on using the Hunter College Libraries EReserves system, please visit the Adjunct Professors Library Guide. The guide was developed specifically for the Silberman School of Social Work.
Again, as you collect and use materials for your courses please make sure to a) check the Fair Use factors for using copyrighted materials and b) give proper attribution for each article, image, video, etc.



(ACERT) Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching
ACERT seeks to promote excellence in teaching and research at Hunter by offering workshops and seminars based on input from faculty and Hunter’s academic community. Participants share and discuss high-impact practices that faculty can incorporate into their teaching and research. ACERT has several events, including Guided Explorations and Teaching Scholarship Circles, throughout the semester. To participate in any of these events, check out ACERT’s list of  upcoming events.



If you are having technical issues with Blackboard or other Hunter-supported tools, please contact the Help Desk: or 212-772-HELP.