Blackboard 9: Build Content:Create: Syllabus
A Syllabus is an outline of a course of study. It can contain course information, objectives, instructor contact information, assignments, class meeting dates, textbook information, and more. Adding the Syllabus to the Course Menu gives users easy access to the Syllabus.
Enter a Name for the Syllabus. The name is the title text that appears in the Content Area. Use a descriptive name so users will understand that the document is the Syllabus.
Create a New Syllabus
Select Create New Syllabus to use the Syllabus Builder tool to create a Syllabus online from a template. The Syllabus Builder provides a set of three text boxes and editable headings to organize information.
Select a Style for the Syllabus. The style sets the font, borders, and colors for the syllabus. There are six style choices available:
Mainly white with an image of a document faintly visible in the background. Sans serif font. Color options are available for headers, border, and text.
Similar to the appearance of a piece of notebook paper, the background contains faint blue horizontal lines. Serif font. Color options are available for headers, border, and text.
A thin border surrounds the entire syllabus. Sans serif font. Color options are headers, borders, background (color or pattern) and text.
A wider frame surrounds the entire syllabus. Sans serif font. Color options are headers, borders, background (color or pattern) and text.
A wider frame surrounds the content, but is separated into two boxes by the Lessons Header. Sans serif font. Color options are headers, borders, background (color or pattern) and text.
The Syllabus is styled like other content items with no borders or frames.
Lesson Shells are editable areas in the Syllabus template that appear at the bottom of the Syllabus. Lesson Shells can correspond to scheduled meeting dates, objectives, or other organizing elements. Adding Lesson Shells is optional. To add Lesson Shells to a Syllabus, select Create Specified Number of Lesson Shells and enter the number of shells in the text box. Shells can be added at a later date if they were not added when the Syllabus was first created by clicking Edit.
Use an Existing File to Add a Syllabus
A Syllabus can be added using an existing file. The file can originate from a local drive or from Course Files. An advantage of attaching a file is that the file can be formatted in any way. The formatting is not restricted to the Syllabus Builder Templates. Adding a Syllabus that has been standardized to Course Files and linking to it has the advantage of maintaining one Syllabus for many Courses. Changes made to the Syllabus file in Course Files need only be made once. The changes will be propagated to every section that uses the linked file.
Enter a Syllabus Name, select Use Existing File, and then browse for the file. The attached or linked file appears under Attached Files. By default, the file name becomes the link to the Syllabus that appears on the Content Area page under the title text. To change the link name after the Syllabus has been added, click Edit. Type a new Link Name and click Submit.
Edit and Delete Attached and Linked Files
All files, including the Syllabus, added to the Content Area as an attachment or link can be edited or deleted by clicking the corresponding function.
Select No to restrict users from seeing the Syllabus. This will make the Syllabus unavailable. In the case of the Syllabus being an attached or linked file, making it unavailable removes it from the Content Area, but does not affect the availability of the file itself if it can be accessed another way, such as through Course Files, or in another Content Area.
To turn on Tracking Statistics for the Syllabus, select Yes for Track Number of Views. Tracking Statistics will record the number of times the Item is viewed, when it is viewed, and by whom.
Date and Time Restrictions
A Syllabus can be set to display on a specific date and time and to stop displaying on a specific date and time. Display restrictions do not affect content availability, only the appearance of the Item.
Where can I get help?
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