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Displaying your Syllabus in Canvas

Faculty Content, LMSBrandi Bleak

If you need some suggestions for the best way to post your syllabus to Canvas, it’s good to know that the process is relatively similar to the way that it was done within Blackboard. However, now you have some slightly different options for where you would like your students to view it within the course—but the final decision about how to display your syllabus is totally up to you!

The Online Syllabus Builder that is available in the the faculty tab in myFSCJ still works in the same way it did in the past - nothing has changed there. You also still have access to prior terms’ syllabi so that you can copy and adjust them as needed. The only thing that has changed is that you are now either going to upload your word document or .pdf (or paste your syllabus link) within Canvas. If you used the Blue Wave version of the syllabus builder to create a link to your online syllabus, you can simply paste that link into your Canvas course shell. If you have a PDF version of your syllabus, you can simply upload that file directly in Canvas. Although you can add the link or file to any area within the Canvas course, here are a few locations that we recommend, based upon feedback from other instructors.

Within a Module

Within Canvas, using a modular structure to provide content to your course is recommended. To learn more about why to use modules , check out this post. Many instructors have created an introductory module that welcomes students to the course, provides resources they may need throughout the course, and a provides a logical access point for their syllabus. This can be done in numerous ways based on your preferences, but here are some references to help you if you’re unsure how of to get started.

  1. Create a Module

  2. Add a link to syllabus as a module item or Add a file as a module item

  3. Add any other content you want to include within the module (bio, resources, etc)

On your selected Home Page

One option often used in Canvas is to add your syllabus via link or file upload to your Course Home Page. This is the page that your students land on when entering the course each time, so if access to the syllabus often and easily is a priority, this option may be best. You can also include other information on the home page, such as a faculty biography, contact information, or a welcoming video message, on the home page to personalize it for your students.

Within the course menu item titled “Syllabus”

Some instructors choose to use this course menu item to easily direct their students to their syllabus, because it has a unique function that is one of my personal favorites. This dual-purpose page will allow an instructor to add their syllabus (via link or file upload) to the top section of the page using the Rich Content Editor (Here is some information about how to do this) while the bottom section of the page will dynamically update to display all course assignments as they are created. If assignment due dates are changed within the assignment, the date will automatically update here - providing students a list of all upcoming assignments by date.

Note that, if not used, the Syllabus menu item can be hidden so students do not go there to view the course syllabus.

Updates to Syllabus Language

If you created your syllabus for the Fall of 2019 prior to August 20, 2019, the information about the LMS had not yet been updated to reflect the transition to Canvas. Please be sure to view the updated syllabus language and ensure your syllabus points students to Canvas resources and tools, rather than still referring to Blackboard. .