A syllabus is an important part of a class because it provides a schedule for and description of what students should be working on over the semester. The Web Forum is a perfect tool to create an online version of your syllabus that you can update and students can access at their convenience. While it shouldn't necessarily replace handouts, posting on the forum allows students to access these materials if they lose the handouts, and let's you update and change the materials as needed. In addition to schedules of daily assignments and topics, you can post assignment sheets, changes in due dates for assignment, and important class updates. With this information available online, students can see what's coming down the road, can plan for important due dates, and won't be able to say "I couldn't get the assignment."