Using the Editable Syllabus Template for Learn@UW-Stout (D2L)
It is important to have a syllabus in your Learn@UW-Stout (D2L) course. There can be a number of issues though, as links in uploaded MS Word documents often lose their functionality and some instructors are uncertain as to what should be included in the syllabus. In this article, you will be able to get a course syllabus that you can edit as needed.
This article describes how to use the editable course syllabus template in Learn@UW-Stout (D2L)
Start by downloading the zip file for the syllabus template to your computer.
When you download it, be certain of where you are storing it. If necessary, move the file from your downloads folder to another location on your computer.
Next, enter the Learn@UW-Stout (D2L) course in which you wish to use the template.
Once you have entered the course, click on the Edit Course button located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
In the new screen that opens, click on the Import/Export/Copy Components button.
In the screen that opens, select the radio button (circle) for Import Components.
After Import Components is selected, click on the Start button.
In the window that opens, you can either drag the zip file into the box or you can click the Upload button.
If you click the Upload button, you can browse for the file. Once you have selected the file, the Open button.
After you click the Open button or drag the zip file folder into the upload area, your file will begin to be uploaded.
Once the process is complete, you should see the file name (syllabus_template.zip) in the window. When you see the file, click the Import All Components button in the lower left-hand corner of the window.
After you click the Import All Components button, the import will start with the Uploading portion.
After the Uploading portion completes, it will automatically move on to the Conversion portion.
After the Conversion portion has completed, the import process will automatically move on to the Importing portion.
The process is complete when all three portions are completed and there is a green circle with a check mark in it for each portion. Next, click on the View Content button in the lower left-hand corner of the window.
After you click the View Content button, the Content area of your course will open. At the bottom of the module list on the left, you will see a new module called. "syllabus templates." Click on that module to open it.
When the module is opened, the course syllabus template will be visible. Click on the triangle/arrowhead to the right of the name. In the menu that opens, click on the Move To button.
After you click on the Move To button, a list of your content modules will appear. Check the radio button (circle) for your syllabus/course information module. After you check the radio button, click on the Move button in the lower left-hand corner of the window.
Since you don't need the syllabus templates module anymore, you should delete it. To do this, make sure you are still in the syllabus templates module. Then, click on the triangle/arrowhead to the right of the module name. In the menu that opens, click on the Delete Module button.
To edit the syllabus, click on the triangle/arrowhead to the right of the name. In the menu that opens, click the Edit HTML button.
The editing window will open. After reading it, you should delete the instructions portion of the syllabus. Edit the areas in purple by adding text that reflects your course.
After editing them, be sure to change the text color to black. You can do this by highlighting the purple text and then clicking the Apply Color button. The apply color tool defaults to black.
When you are done editing,click on the update button.
Things to Keep in Mind
- You don't have to edit the entire syllabus at once. You can edit part of the syllabus, click the Update button, and then come back at a later time to finish it.
- You don't have to highlight individual pieces of text to change them back to black. You can wait until you are finished with all your edits and then highlight the entire document before clicking the Apply Color button
- While this syllabus is sufficient for use when completed, you may want to customize it to meet the particular needs of your course or program.
For a video example of this article, please follow this link: https://youtu.be/sDQW9XP3P-0