Using the Editable Syllabus Template for Learn@UW-Stout (D2L)

This article describes how to use the editable course syllabus template in 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.

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.

zip file showing in downloads folder

Next, enter the Learn@UW-Stout (D2L) course in which you wish to use the template.

choose a course to enter

Once you have entered the course, click on the Edit Course button located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Edit Course button

In the new screen that opens, click on the Import/Export/Copy Components button.

Import/Export/Copy Components button

In the screen that opens, select the radio button (circle) for Import Components.

Radio button for Import Components is checked

After Import Components is selected, click on the Start button.

Start button

In the window that opens, you can either drag the zip file into the box or you can click the Upload button.

Select file to import

If you click the Upload button, you can browse for the file. Once you have selected the file, the Open button.

browsing for upload file

After you click the Open button or drag the zip file folder into the upload area, your file will begin to be uploaded.

file selection upload

Once the process is complete, you should see the file name ( in the window. When you see the file, click the Import All Components button in the lower left-hand corner of the window.

click the import all components button

After you click the Import All Components button, the import will start with the Uploading portion.

uploading portion of import

After the Uploading portion completes, it will automatically move on to the Conversion portion.

conversion portion of import

After the Conversion portion has completed, the import process will automatically move on to the Importing portion.

importing portion of course import

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.

process completed

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.

Syllabus templates module

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.

First part of Move To openration

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.

second part of Move To operation

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.

delete syllabus templates module

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.

choose Edit HTML from menu

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.

Editing the content of the syllabus

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.

toolbar with arrows pointing to text color tool

When you are done editing,click on the update button.

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. 

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Keywords:syllabus, template, syllabus template, d2l syllabus, d2l syllabus template   Doc ID:74515
Owner:Rich B.Group:UW Stout
Created:2017-07-07 12:58 CDTUpdated:2017-08-04 11:22 CDT
Sites:UW Stout
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