The course Syllabus view


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.

  1. Click add content or upload a file.
  2. 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.
  • You can upload a file or import one from your Populi files or your course files.
    • 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...).

    1. Click add supplies.
    2. Enter the supply name.
    3. Click Add to list it.
    4. Is the supply required? Check the box.
    5. Click to delete the supply from the list.
    6. Click Save to finish.


    Links open a new browser window to the websites you specify in this panel.

    1. Click add a link.
    2. Type or copy-paste the URL text, e.g.
    3. Type the display title, e.g. Populi Website.
    4. Click Save to finish.

    Hover over the link to edit or delete it.

    Reading List

    The reading list contains all the course's required or recommended books.

    1. Click add a book.
    2. Enter the book's 10- or 13-digit ISBN or its title and click Search. Populi will look it up (on, unless that's disabled) and retrieve the title, author, cover, and other information.
    3. You can also enter the book manually. This option requires you fill in a number of fields yourself.
    4. Check if the book is required; otherwise it will list as optional.
    5. 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.

    1. Click import files in the add a file dialog.
    2. Select the course and term.
    3. When you find the course and term you're after, check off all the files you wish to import.
    4. 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.
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