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Adding Your Syllabus to Your Canvas Course

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This article is for faculty members who are setting up their syllabi.

1. Accessing the Syllabus Page

The Syllabus link can be found in the Course Navigation menu to the left in Canvas.

Course menu with the syllabus link highlighted

In a new course, your syllabus may be disabled. The image below shows a disabled syllabus link. If there is a closed eye symbol next to your course syllabus link, go to Settings and enable your syllabus. View Section 2 of this article to learn how to enable a course link.

Image of the Course Navigation Menu with a closed eye next to the syllabus link the syllabus and settings links are highlighted

Your syllabus page has four areas: [1] Syllabus Content, [2] Course Summary, [3] Course Calendar, and [4] Weights.

Preloaded content in the course syllabus with Canvas and CSUEB Syllabus links in the content area, the course summary with assingment links and dates, course calendar, and the weights area, which is blank

2. Viewing Parts of the Syllabus Page

2.1. Syllabus Content Area

Right away you will notice that your syllabus content area is pre-loaded with several useful Canvas and California State University, East Bay links by default. Consider viewing and/or bookmarking these pages before you delete the content to replace it with your own syllabus.

Syllabus content with pre-loaded text

Learn about how to edit your course summary in Section 3.

2.2. Course Summary

After you create an assignment in Canvas, it will appear in the Course Summary list at the bottom of the syllabus. The course summary includes the due date, the assignment name, and the time when an assignment it due.

Course summary with date, details and assignment name, and due by time

2.3. Calendar

Once you have added due dates to your assignments, your course's Calendar will highlight due dates in gray and today's date in pink. Clicking on a gray date will bring you to the assignment/s in the Course Summary.

Course Calendar for July 2022

2.4. Assignment Weights

Canvas allows faculty to weight different assignment groups (or types). Initially, your course will not have assignment weights.

Course weights area with the text Course assignments are not weighted

You may want to use assignment weights. For example, faculty might weight exams 30%, essays 30%, short quizzes 20% and homework 20% using assignment groups on the Assignments page. Students will be able to see these weights on the Syllabus page.

Course weights area with the text Assignments are weighted by group and group weight with examples short quizzes 20% exams 30% homework assignments 20% essays 30%

3. Creating Your Syllabus by Uploading a File

Faculty can add a syllabus using a file or by using the rich content editor in Canvas. You may use both options. In this section, we will add a document file and display it on our Canvas syllabus page, as shown in the image below.

Course syllabus content area with a document file displayed

3.1. Uploading Your Document

To get started, click on the Edit button.

Course syllabus page with the edit button highlighted

Click [1] the small arrow next to the document icon and select [2] Upload Document to add a new syllabus document to your course. You can also upload a document from the Insert tab.

Syllabus Rich Content Editor with the Doc icon arrow selected and the upload document button button highlighted

You will be prompted to choose a file that has been saved on your computer. You can drag the file to this window, or you can click on the rocket icon.

Upload file window with directions to drag and drop or click to browse your computer

Choose the file and click on the Open button. This may look slightly different from the image below depending on your computer's operating system.

Computer file window with a file selected and the open button highlighted

You will see the file name in the upload window. Click the Submit button.

Upload file window with the file highlighted and the submit button highlighted

If you want students to click on this link to download and view your syllabus, click the Update Syllabus button and stop editing. If you want your syllabus document to load when students access the Syllabus page on Canvas, you will need to adjust the Link Options.

3.2. Changing the Document Display Options

Enable display options for your document by changing Link Options. Click on [1] the file name to see a box that says Link Options. This box will appear below the file name. [2] Click on Link Options.

Rich content editor with the file name highlighted and the link options box below the name highlighted

You will see a new menu window on the right side of the page. Choose [1] Preview inline and [2] Expand preview by Default. Then click [3] the Done button.

Rich content editor with the link options window o the right side with preview inline slected and expalnd preview by default checked and the done button highlighted

Click the Update Syllabus button to finalize your settings.

Syllabus Rich Content Editor with the edit button highlighted

4. Creating Your Syllabus in the Rich Content Editor

4.1. Removing Pre-loaded Text

You may prefer to use the Canvas content editor to add the text for your syllabus. Start by clicking on the edit button.

Syllabus page with the edit button highlighted

Select and delete the existing text. You can find the same information in your sandbox course's syllabus.

Syllabus rich content editor with dummy text selected

4.2. Adding Your Customized Syllabus Text

Type or paste your syllabus content into the Rich Content Editor. You an add files, links, videos, and images if you wish. Click on the Update Syllabus button to save your syllabus.

New syllabus text (with instructor contact information blurred) and the update syllabus button highlighted

If you are pasting text into the Rich Content Editor, consider selecting your text and then clicking on [1] the Plain Text tool and using heading (from [2] the Paragraph tab) for organization to have greater control over your formatting and make your syllabus fully accessible.

Syllabus Rich content editor with text selected and the clear formatting button highlighted and the paragraph tab drop down menu highlighted


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