Writing Effective Instructions

Writing Effective Instructions

Providing clearly written instructions is something faculty already strive for. When teaching remotely, providing written instructions can become even more important. When writing an overview of a module or instructions for an assignment, remember to

  • State the purpose and objectives near the beginning.
  • Explain how and when students will be assessed.
  • Set clear expectations for quantity and quality of work to be completed.


  • Separate steps with numbers or distinct paragraphs.
  • Use transition words like “Next,” “After,” to show the sequencing of work to be done.
  • When uploading instructions or assignments as a separate document, consider how accessible the document design and format is for students by consulting the Content Accessibility Resource Guide, starting on page 9 for Accessible Documents.


  • Provide links to support resources.
  • Make explicit what students should do if they have questions: contact the instructor? Consult a particular resource?