There are times when I just want to call the syllabus a beast! Would you agree? There is a lot of information to get out to students with constant changes. It’s a breeze to upload to eCollege in Word format, but then it doesn’t always display right and it’s not easily printed by students. This is why we want the syllabus template used for online courses so a link to a printable version can be provided. Anyone who has developed their online syllabus knows how cumbersome it can be. Enough of this!!
What I’m proposing is doing away with the syllabus template and uploading the syllabus as a PDF to a Web Content Upload content item. In delivering the syllabus in this manner, it will display nicely online, and students are able to either save it to their computer or print the document. But the best part is the ease in delivering it this way. This is what you do:
- Set the stage by disabling the syllabus. Click on Course Admin and then on Enable/Disable Tools. Disable the syllabus and save changes.
- Create a new content item for the syllabus. In Author-mode, click Course Items and then Add Items. For those who have not added content items, continue with the following steps:
- Key the name “Syllabus”
- Select Web Content Upload from the Item Type dropdown menu
- Add to: Course Home
- Click Add Items
At this point, you may wish to reorder the syllabus so it displays at the top. Click on the Syllabus in Author-mode, click on Toolbox and Move Syllabus. Then reorder the sequence of the content items. Save changes.
The stage is set! The following is what you do to maintain and upload the syllabus.
- Maintain changes to your syllabus in Microsoft Word and save it.
- Then save it as a PDF. Click File, Save As and choose PDF from the Save As Type dropdown menu.
- In your course, click the Syllabus content item in Author-mode and click Browse to locate the PDF document. Click Upload.
As needed, make any necessary changes to the Syllabus Word document (Save), save as a PDF and upload the PDF to the Syllabus content item. Now how easy is that?!