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Add a Syllabus

Add a syllabus

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about the syllabus.

You can upload an existing syllabus file and students select the link to open it. Or, you can use the syllabus builder. The syllabus will appear as a standalone item in the content list. Your institution controls if this tool is available.

Use the syllabus builder

You can use the syllabus builder to create a syllabus in a modular format. You can also specify the design and add lesson information.

Be sure Edit Mode is ON so that you can access all of the instructor's functions.

In a content area or folder, select Build Content to access the menu and select Syllabus. On the Add Syllabus page, type a name and select the Create New Syllabus option. After you submit, the Syllabus Builder page appears.

Default body text boxes

On the Syllabus Builder page, three sections appear by default: Description, Learning Objectives, and Required Materials. You can edit the section headings. Type instructions or a description in each box. You can format the text with the functions in the editor.

Design, lessons, and options

In the Syllabus Design section, select the style and colors for your syllabus.

In the Build Lessons section, select the Create Specified Number of Lesson Shells option and type a number. You provide lesson information in later steps. Alternatively, you can select the Do Not Create Lesson Shells option.

Select the appropriate options for availability, tracking, and display dates. Display dates don't affect a syllabus's availability, only when it appears.

After you submit, you can view your syllabus and provide the details for the lessons. You can change the syllabus content at any time. Access the syllabus's menu and select Edit.

Add lesson information

Access the syllabus you created. Access a lesson's menu and select Edit. On the Edit Lesson page, type a name and description. Optionally, select a date and time when the lesson will appear in the syllabus. Select Submit and select OK to view the syllabus.

To remove a lesson, select a lesson's check box and select Delete Lesson above the syllabus information. You can also add more lessons.


Upload a syllabus file

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about uploading a syllabus file.

If you don't want to use the modular syllabus that takes up space in the content list, you can upload an existing syllabus file.

Be sure Edit Mode is ON so that you can access all of the instructor's functions.

In a content area or folder, select Build Content to access the menu and select Syllabus. On the Add Syllabus page, type a name and select the Use Existing File option.

Browse for a file from your computer or the course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection. You can attach more than one file. You can also edit the Link Title to provide a meaningful name for students.

You can use the functions in the editor to type a description, add images, and format the text. Select the appropriate options for availability, tracking, and display dates. Display dates don't affect a syllabus's availability, only when it appears.

After you submit, you can view your syllabus in the content list.

You can change the syllabus content at any time. Access the syllabus's menu and select Edit. You can change where the syllabus appears in the list with the drag-and-drop function or the keyboard accessible reordering tool.


ULTRA: Upload a syllabus file

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about uploading a syllabus file.

On the Course Content page, you can browse for a syllabus file in OneDrive or on your computer.

Supported file types include DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, MP3, MPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, RTF, TXT, ZIP, and most image types.

Upload a syllabus file. Select the plus sign wherever you want to upload a file. You can also expand or create a folder and then upload your file. Select Upload to browse for a file on your computer or drag a file from your desktop onto Upload. The file will appear in the content list. If you want to add a description or instructions that will appear with your file, edit the item to open up the panel. You can change the file's display name, replace the file, and type in the description box.

Link to a syllabus file in the Content Collection. If you already have files stored in the Content Collection, you can link to them in your course.

More on linking to files in the Content Collection

Control what students see. All content is hidden from students until you decide to show it. Each item displays if it's visible or hidden from students. Select the visibility to change it.

With your keyboard, tab to the visibility list and press Enter to open the menu. Use Alt/Option + the up and down arrows to select an option.

Reorder, edit, and delete content easily. Point to an item to reveal its management functions. Select the Move icon and drag the item to a new location in the content list. Select the More options icon to delete or edit the item. For example, you can change a file's name and type a description that appears with the file on the Course Content page.

With your keyboard, you can move an item to a new location, move an item into an expanded folder, and move a folder into another expanded folder.

  1. Tab to an item's move icon.
  2. Press Enter to activate move mode.
  3. Use the arrow keys to choose a location.
  4. Press Enter to drop the item in the new location.