Syllabus

Overview

Admin Syllabus provides several methods for distributing your syllabus online.

  1. You can upload syllabus document(s) from your computer or select from a list of files that you have previously added to your course. A basic computer user can use this simple method to distribute a Word file to students. Refer to the Add Syllabus Material .

  2. If you already have your syllabus page on the Web, either in your Leland Course Directory or on some other server, you can create a hyperlink to your file. This is a method for advanced Web authors. Refer to the Add Syllabus Material.

  3. You can also type or paste the syllabus information directly into a CourseWork wizard and display it on the Syllabus page. This method can be used by a basic user to create a plain text page, or by an expert user to create an HTML version of his/her syllabus. Refer to the Add/Edit Syllabus Text.

  4. Like your course homepage, you can generate a public version of your syllabus that people can access without a SUNet ID and password. This is useful to educate students about your course's offerings as students shop around for courses. Refer to Generate Public Syllabus.

NOTE:All new courses will now have a link to Stanford's Honor Code automatically inserted into the Syllabus tool.

Points to Remember

Most syllabi contain the schedule and a list of readings/course materials. In CourseWork there are separate tools for displaying the schedule and the readings/course materials. The Course Materials tool lists online readings (and other types of files) along with Web resources. You may wish to use these CourseWork tools, rather than include the schedule and course materials in your syllabus.

You will want to list textbook readings and other non-computer reading assignments in your syllabus. To list computer files or Web sites, use the Course Materials tool.

The Syllabus Tool allows you to easily distribute any updates to your syllabus as the course proceeds. You should notify your students with a CourseWork announcement if you do make any changes.

If you want to enter your syllabus directly in a Web browser, you should understand that a Web browser is not a word processor. To write a complex document like a syllabus, it is best to prepare it in a word processor and then cut and paste the text into the Description field in the Add/Edit Syllabus Text wizard.

The Add/Edit Syllabus Text wizard has two options: Text or HTML. If you select Text, your input will be displayed in a text-only mode. If you paste a word-processed document into the wizard field, any style (bold, italics, etc.), font and layout details will be lost in the paste operation. If you select HTML, then layout, style, and links will be displayed as specified. Note: One exception to the loss of style elements when you select Text: You can include style tags (such as <B> and </B> for bold) and these style specifications will be properly displayed in CourseWork.

Getting to Admin Syllabus

You can get to Admin Syllabus by using either of the two methods below:

  • From the Student View of Syllabus, click the Admin Syllabus link on the upper right of the page, OR

  • From any Admin page, click the Admin Syllabus button on the left navigation bar.


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