Add Your Syllabus


One of the most fundamental elements of a course is the syllabus. This is a good starting point for faculty just learning Canvas, and an essential asset for students.


Instructors may add a syllabus to a Canvas course as:

text pasted directly into Canvas
(e.g. from a Word document)


a link to a file
(e.g. a PDF document)

Per the Academic Senate, all faculty are strongly encouraged to post their syllabi in the District learning management system (Canvas).

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I add or edit the Syllabus?

How do I use the Syllabus as an Instructor


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2 Responses to “Add Your Syllabus”

  1. Bettye-Ann Stephens says:

    Can I not just attach my syllabus?

    • Chris Palmarini (TMI) says:

      Hi Bettye-Ann,

      Yes, you may attach your syllabus as a file (PDF). However, most faculty find that copying and pasting the text of the syllabus directly into the Syllabus tool in Canvas provides an easy way to access and edit the syllabus content, as well as simplifying access for students (no need to download a file as it is displayed within the browser, and can easily be printed).

      To add the syllabus as text in the Syllabus tool:
      – go to the Syllabus tool
      – click the Edit button
      – copy the text from a Word document, then paste into the textbox provided
      – clean up any text formatting as needed (alignment, spacing, etc.)
      – click Update Syllabus

      To add the syllabus as a PDF file:
      – go to the Syllabus tool
      – click the Edit button
      – in the right sidebar, click the Files tab
      – click Upload a new file, find and select the file from your computer
      – click Upload
      – the filename will be added as a link in the Syllabus text box
      – click Update Syllabus

      I hope this helps.

      / Chris P.
      TMI, Butte College

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