Here are a few easy ways to post your syllabus online. (Read Part 1 of this series for some reasons on why to post your syllabus online.)
1. WebCT – Upload a file
If you already have a syllabus in Word or pdf format, the easiest thing to do is to upload the file to WebCT.
Click on Course Content page, Add File, and Browse for Files:
Then, select the My Computer icon. (You may get a warning prompt about letting WebCT access your desktop. Be sure to allow access. Otherwise, you will not be able to access the My Computer icon.) Find your document and click Open.
2. WebCT Syllabus Tool
If you do not have a syllabus created, or would like to start fresh, you can use the WebCT Syllabus tool to create an online syllabus. To do this, you’ll need to activate the Syllabus tool from the Tools menu.
Alternately, you may choose to upload a Syllabus in pdf or Word format from the Syllabus tool (similar to what you did in option 1). To do this, select “Use File” instead of “Use built-in syllabus.” Whether you “use built-in syllabus” or “use file”, students will need to go to the Syllabus tab to access your Syllabus. It will not appear in Course Content unless you add a link to it. Similarly, if you have added a syllabus file to the Course Content area, it will not appear in the Syllabus tab. One option is not better than the other. It all depends on how you choose to organize your course site.
Finally, if you just don’t like the look and feel of WebCT, another option is to use WordPress. Although WordPress is a blogging platform, it allows you to create pages using an easy to use visual editor. This can allow for your syllabus to become more of a living document that you can edit without having to upload and download a file each time. If you’re interested in using WordPress, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a consultation.
ITG wishes you the best of luck in planning your spring semester and we are here to help along the way. Email us with any questions or concerns at email@example.com, or stop by our office at Walker 403. Or, share your tips for posting your syllabus online by posting a comment!