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Syllabus: Overview

What it does

The syllabus is the official outline for your course. As an instructor, if you or your department has prepared an online syllabus already, you can direct the "Syllabus" tool to link to it. Otherwise, you can enter material to post directly to your syllabus. You can make your syllabus visible to the general public or just to members of your course.

Some features of a traditional syllabus are divided between the "Syllabus" and Calendar tools. Some instructors use the "Syllabus" tool to display the department's official online syllabus, and use the "Calendar" as a detailed resource for students.

Key concepts

Content format: You can use the buttons at the top of the editing window to format your content. The buttons supply any needed HTML tags. You can toggle between viewing these "HTML" tags in your content or not, and you may enter your own "HTML" tags instead of relying on the buttons.

Attachments: You can attach files from your Resources folders. For more information, see Adding, editing, or deleting a Syllabus item.

Things to consider

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Permissions and Roles

To complete the procedures in this article, you must be assigned a role having the necessary permissions. This often excludes Students and TAs by default. To determine your role and accompanying permissions, follow the directions in Permissions and Roles.

Create/Add, Edit, or Delete a Syllabus Item

Creating/Adding a Syllabus Item

Text Editor Tips

Text Editor Tips

This tool makes use of the Sakai Text Editor.

Our Text Editor article includes a number of tips including how to add images or paste content from MS Word.

 how to add a syllabus

To add a syllabus item:

Wiki Bulb Icon.gif Note: To avoid formatting errors when copying from a Word document, save the document in Rich Text Format (RTF) before copying and pasting. The Text Editor (WYSIWYG) has several options that can help you avoid formatting errors; see Text Editor inset on the right side of this page.

Pasting text from Microsoft Word directly into the WYSIWYG editor may result in garbled output, even if the text appears correct in the editor. Instead, to insert formatted text from a Word document, click the Paste from Word icon, and paste using Ctrl-v or Command-v.

Some users have reported problems using Paste from Word in Internet Explorer 9; for best results, use a supported browser. See

Editing a Syllabus Item

To edit a syllabus item:

Deleting a Syllabus Item

To delete a syllabus item:

Undoing or Changing a Redirected Syllabus

Using your site's Syllabus tool, it's possible to display a web page or PDF as your syllabus by redirecting to either an external URL or a URL that points to a file in your Resources. To undo or change the redirect:

Printing your syllabus

 how to print the syllabus

To create a printable version of your syllabus and print it: In your site's menubar, click Syllabus. To view a printable version of the page, at the top, click the Printer icon. While viewing the printable version, click Send To Printer. Your browser's print dialog box will appear. Adjust your print settings as needed, and then click OK.

Reordering syllabus items

In the "Syllabus" tool, you can reorder items by clicking Create/Edit, and then using the Move Up or Move Down buttons. To save your changes, click Update.

Displaying a web page, PDF, or Word file for your syllabus

You can direct your course site or project site's syllabus to an HTML, PDF, or Microsoft Word file that you have uploaded to the Resources section, or to an external URL. To redirect your syllabus:

Display an external URL

To display an external URL, such as a web page on your department's server:

Display an HTML, PDF, or Word file

To display an HTML, PDF, or Microsoft Word file that you have posted to the Resources section:

Creating a syllabus

To display a web page or PDF file as your syllabus, see Displaying a web page, PDF, or Word file for your syllabus.

To create your syllabus as an item that you can edit from within the application, see Adding, editing, or deleting a Syllabus item.

Note: A PDF file as a syllabus will open a new window for Mac users using Firefox.

Reading a course syllabus

To view the syllabus for a course you're taking, at the top of the screen:

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This article is based on the equivalent Sakai help article created by Indiana University found at:
Additional sources of content include Brock University's Sakai / Isaak Wiki and the University of Florida Sakai / e-Learning Documentation with thanks and appreciation for the collaboration.

All respective sources used are under a free-for-reuse license and additional permission has been obtained.

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Other articles about Sakai tools and how instructors can use them:

Core Tools: Announcements | Assignments | Email | Forums | Gradebook | Quizzes & Tests II | Resources | Site Editor | Syllabus

More Tools: Polls | Chat | Drop Box | Home | Discussions | News | Feedback | Sections | Lessons | Site Stats | Web Content | Wiki

Related articles: How to add tools to CLEW | Using the Text Editor | Manage Groups | Permissions and Roles | Contact the CTL for help

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