How do I add a syllabus to my site?

There are three syllabus options available in Canvas. Click on the links below for more information about each method:

  1. Use an easily customized HTML template to create your syllabus on the Syllabus page
  2. Upload a document/PDF syllabus file to the Syllabus page
  3. Bypass the Syllabus page and upload a syllabus file to Modules

 

1. Use an easily customized HTML template to create your syllabus on the Syllabus page

We recommend you use Canvas's Syllabus page, which is similar to uploading a Word document/PDF file, except it is more interactive for students. For example, students can click on specific assignment titles and be taken to that Assignment page in Canvas because the "Course Summary" section of the page automatically syncs with all the assignments and the course calendar to display assignment dates and course events.

You can copy and paste the content from your Word document syllabus into the Syllabus page's description. Or, you can use a Design Tools template to format your HTML Syllabus directly in the Syllabus page description - no coding knowledge needed! The added bonus of using Design Tools is that it makes your Syllabus content more accessible to students regardless of any visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, or neurological disabilities they may have and any assistive technology they may be using. Using Design Tools also ensures that the FSU Institutional Policies contained in your syllabus remain up-to-date each semester. All you have to do is open the Design Tools menu and the Institutional Policies section of your syllabus will be automatically updated!

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2. Upload a document/PDF syllabus file to the Syllabus page

If you would prefer to create your syllabus offline and then upload a Word document/PDF syllabus file, we recommend that you upload the file to your course and then place it in the Syllabus page's description. To do this, you will need to use the Content Selector to upload and add your file to the Syllabus description. While creating your syllabus file, you will need to make sure that its content is accessible to students regardless of any visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, or neurological disabilities they may have and any assistive technology they may be using. Learn how to create accessible Word files.

Steps to follow:

  1. Click into your Canvas course site.
  2. On the course navigation menu that displays on the left, select Syllabus.
  3. Click on the Edit button that displays in the upper right of the page.
  4. Put your cursor in the Rich Content Editor where you want the file to be embedded.
  5. On the right-hand side of the page, click on the Files tab in the Content Selector.
  6. If you have already uploaded your syllabus document to your Canvas course files, then you will see it listed. Simply click on the document name and the file will be added to the spot that you placed your cursor earlier.



    If you have not already uploaded your syllabus document, click Upload a New File.

    Click the grey Choose File button to locate the file on your computer.
    Once you have selected the file to upload from the pop-up window, click Open. The pop-up window will close automatically. Next, click the grey Upload button.


    You will now see the file added to the spot that you placed your cursor earlier:
  7. Click the garnet Update Syllabus button located under the Rich Content Editor to save your changes.

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3. Bypass the Syllabus page altogether and upload a syllabus document to Modules

Please note: We do not recommend this option as it creates a significantly less intuitive experience for your students.

If you find that you really don't want to use Canvas's Syllabus page, then you can opt to disable the Syllabus link on the course navigation menu and instead upload a syllabus Word document or PDF file to your course's Modules page. While creating your syllabus file, you will need to make sure that its content is accessible to students regardless of any visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, or neurological disabilities they may have and any assistive technology they may be using. Learn how to create accessible Word files.

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