Add a Syllabus

The very first thing that should be done in any course is providing students with a syllabus, or any documents that outline course objectives, required textbooks, office hours, and instructor contact information for the course.

You can also drag and drop the syllabus into your course, please see this video on how to drag and drop.

  1. Go to the main page of the course website.
  2. Click Turn editing on.

The information can be uploaded as a File for students to open and view within the browser (plugin required) or application on computer. A PDF file would be the best format to allow students to view quickly. If the information is HTML or the instructor would like the content to be viewed on the browser only, the Page option provides an HTML editor.

 


Resource: File

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  1. In the section above the first week or topic, click the Add an activity or resource link, and select File.
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    May not work with MAC Safari

    The load wheel may continue to spin and never load the file in Safari. If this occurs, you can either change the Choose license option from All rights reserved, or use Firefox to upload the files.

    Add activity or resource

  3. Click on the Expand All button in the right corner of the page if necessary.
  4. Expand All

  5. Type the Name (required) of the syllabus into the text box.
  6. Type the Description (required) into the text box.
    Note: Do not put the Syllabus in this box. This only shows in the Activities block: Resources section and not on the main course page.
  7. Click Add. If the syllabus has already been uploaded into My Private Files within PolyLearn, select Private files and select the corresponding syllabus file for the class. Click Select this file.
  8. Note: If the file has not yet been uploaded into My Private Files, select Upload a file, click Browse, select the corresponding syllabus file, and click Upload this file.

    Options
    • Select a method in which to display the file:
      • Automatic lets PolyLearn select the best option for displaying the file automatically.
      • Embed allows students to see the contents of the file within the page (see example below).
      • Screen image of of embedded syllabus
        Note: Embedding only works with .pdf or .txt files. It does NOT work with .doc, .docx, or .rtf (wordpad) files.
        Note: Adobe Reader must be installed to view an embedded pdf file. Click here to install.
      • Force download prompts the student to download the file once the link to this page is clicked.
      • Open automatically opens and displays the file in the browser window.
        Note: Only .pdf and .txt files will open in the browser. All other file types will prompt the user to download the file.
      • In pop-up opens and displays the file in a new pop-up browser window.
        Note: Only .pdf and .txt files will open in the pop-up window. All other file types will prompt the user to download the file.
    • Choose to Display resource name and Display resource description (available for the Embed display option only).
  9. Make the syllabus Visible to students by selecting Show from the pull-down menu.
  10. Click either Save and return to course or Save and display.

Resource: Page

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    Syllabus Not Displayed for Students

    If you add your Syllabus with the Resource: File or Page, do not type the syllabus in the Description box. If the syllabus was added in the description, students will no be able to see the syllabus on the main course page.

  1. Select Turn editing on.
  2. Click on the Add an activity or resource link.
    Add an Activity or resource
  3. Choose the Page tool.
  4. Add Page resource

  5. Click on the Expand All button in the right corner of the page if necessary.
  6. Expand All

  7. Under the General section, type the Name (required) of the page into the text box.
  8. Type the Description (required) into the text box.
    Note: Do not put the Syllabus in this box. This only shows in the Activities block: Resources section and not on the main course page.
  9. Type the Page content (required) into the text box.

    Options
    • Display page name causes the input name to be shown on the page.
    • Display page description causes the input description to be displayed on the page.
    • Visible sets whether or not the students can view the resource.
    • ID number allows the instructor to add an ID to the resource that can be linked to an ID in the gradebook.
  10. Choose either Save and return to course or Save and display.

Note: If you have questions about the Page HTML editor, please view the tutorial.