Site Setup Tutorial

Post Course Information and Syllabus


The Minimal and Standard templates reflect recommendations to share a syllabus, schedule, assessment plan, online syllabus quiz, video introduction, or any other general course information with students on a Lessons page titled “Course Information”. Using the Lessons tool allows instructors to post files, links, activities, or explanatory text in a more student-friendly format.

Site Design Tips

In addition to your syllabus, consider adding a summary of your class schedule and course assessment plan to the Course Information page. To share documents, we recommend posting PDF files or Google Doc links, which may be more accessible for students than Microsoft Word files.


Add Syllabus to Course Information Page

  1. Navigate to Course Information page.
  2. Click “Add Content”.
  3. Select “Add Content Links”.
  4. Add syllabus using one of the following methods:
    1. Upload new file - to add a new file from your computer
    2. Add new URL (web link) - to link to the URL for a Google Doc
    3. Select existing file from Resources - to add a file already saved to Resources
  5. Add a "link title" or "custom name to display for URL", as appropriate.
  6. Click "Save".

Click the image below to cycle through illustrations of the steps in this process.

Rename Item

If needed, edit the name of each posted file or link for brevity and clarity.

  1. Click the “Edit” button (paper and pencil icon) to the right of the item on the Lessons page.
  2. Enter a new name in the “Item Name” field.
  3. Add an "Item Description", if desired.
  4. Click “Update Item”.

Click the image below to cycle through illustrated steps in this process.

Add Additional Content

Post resources, activities, or blocks of text to this page as desired.

  1. Click “Add Content”.
  2. Select type of content:
    1. “Add Text” to create additional headings (formatted as Heading 2) for the page or to add explanatory text.
    2. “Add Content Links” to add additional files or links.
    3. “Embed Content on Page” to post a video introduction to your course.
    4. “Add Test or Quiz” to insert a link to a syllabus quiz on this page.
  3. Rearrange items on the page as needed using the “Reorder” button to drag and drop items to their desired location.

Click the image below to view an illustration of this process.

Next Step

Are you planning to use Sakai Assignments, Forums, or Tests & Quizzes?

Proceed to Build Student Activities in Sakai.

Are you planning to share course materials on Sakai?

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