Syllabus access in Canvas

Last modified 9/8/2023

The Syllabus helps your instructor communicate course expectations and information. The Syllabus is automatically populated by assignments and calendar events in the course.

Accessing the Syllabus of a Course 

Open the global navigation on the left-hand side and open the Courses button or the book icon. Click on the course you want to see the grades for and click the Syllabus button. 

Syllabus Sidebar 

The sidebar section displays information about course events and grading. If your Syllabus is also set as your course home page, the sidebar may include additional features.

The Syllabus sidebar includes a mini calendar [1]. Any date that includes an event or assignment due date are shown with a gray background. To view an associated assignment or event in the Syllabus table, click the calendar date.

If your course includes weighted assignment groups, the sidebar may also show the percentages of each group [2].

Note: If you cannot view assignment group totals, your instructor has restricted this feature.

View Sidebar

Adding Syllabus to course home page

Instructors can also add a link to the Syllabus on your class course's home page. To do so follow these steps...

  1. Sign into Canvas
  2. Click on the course you want to add the link to the course home page
  3. Make sure you are on the Home navigation tab
  4. Click Edit  
  5. Using your cursor, scroll through your home page and click where you want to add the link.
  6. Click on the Link option that looks like chain links and select Course link
    1. A sidebar will open on the right side
  7. In the first dropdown menu, select Links
  8. Scroll down the list and click on Course Navigation
    1. Another sublist will open up below
  9. Scroll down until you find Syllabus, and click on it
  10. A link will populate on your home page labeled as Syllabus. 
  11. You can then click on the X in the top right corner of the sidebar and then click on Save

Once you have saved your edits, you will see the Syllabus link on your home page. Now, whenever a student clicks on that link, they will be brought to the syllabus tab in their canvas.

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How to Get Help

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