The Syllabus view presents the information students need in order to understand how the course will be conducted and graded.
- Everything you see on the Syllabus is visible to the course's students.
- The Info panel includes basic information about the course that the registrar entered when the course was added to the term.
- The Faculty panel gives students ways to contact you; it also shows your office hours (if you've entered them).
- The Description comes from what's entered in the course's settings.
- Assignment groups are derived from any you've set up in Assignments.
- Syllabus displays the file or content you've entered (see below).
Adding a syllabus file or content
You can add your own syllabus file (say, a PDF or DOC) or compose one in the editor.
- Click add content or upload a file.
- If you're adding content, use the WYSIWYG editor to create your syllabus document.
- If you Save it, it will be in Draft mode (and will not be visible to students).
- When it's ready for prime-time, click Save and Publish.
- After uploading a syllabus file, click edit to replace, download, or delete it.
Course supplies are items that students might need for the course (paint and brushes for studio art, or a graphing calculator for a physics course...).
- Click add supplies.
- Enter the supply name.
- Click Add to list it.
- Is the supply required? Check the box.
- Click to delete the supply from the list.
- Click Save to finish.
Links open a new browser window to the websites you specify in this panel.
- Click add a link.
- Type or copy-paste the URL text, e.g.
- Type the display title, e.g. Populi Website.
- Click Save to finish.
Hover over the link to edit or delete it.
The reading list contains all the course's required or recommended books.
- Click add a book.
- Enter the book's 10- or 13-digit ISBN or its title and click Search. Populi will look it up (on Amazon.com, unless that's disabled) and retrieve the title, author, cover, and other information.
- You can also enter the book manually. This option requires you fill in a number of fields yourself.
- Check if the book is required; otherwise it will list as optional.
- Click Save to list the book.
Click a book's title to Delete it or change its status to optional or required.
The files you store here might be anything of general use to the course.
- Files added here will also appear in your course files.
- You can also add files in several other places in your course, including lessons, individual assignments, tests, discussions, and so on.
- Check out this tutorial about how to use audio and video files.
You can also import files from other courses—pretty useful if your course "shares" large files with other courses.
- Click import files in the add a file dialog.
- Select the course and term.
- When you find the course and term you're after, check off all the files you wish to import.
- Finally, click Import Selected Files.
Once a file has been uploaded:
- Click the file name to open the file viewer.
- Depending on the file type, you'll have a few different options. Longer text documents and PDFS, for example, let you jump to a particular page or heading.
- Click on any kind of file to open the actions menu. You can...
- Download the file to your computer.
- Rename the file.
- Grab the embed code so you can embed it elsewhere in your course—a lesson, for example.
- Manage the visibility of the file.
- Delete the file.