Edit and Publish a Syllabus
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Written by Natalie Kim
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To update course information for a section in Forum, you must make those changes to the corresponding syllabus in Course Builder and publish those changes.

Note that viewing, editing and publishing syllabi in Course Builder is dependent on your course role. For more information on roles, see this article.

Adding and viewing comments

Only authors, reviewers and admins can leave comments on a syllabus in Course Builder.

To add a comment, hover over the right margins of the Syllabus page until you see a comment bubble appear. Click on the comment bubble, type in your comment and save. You can also view comments from your colleagues by clicking on existing comment bubbles. The numbers in the existing comment bubbles represent how many comments are in the thread.

Editing a syllabus

Any edits made to the syllabus will be visible to all users who have access to that course.

If you have edit access on a syllabus, all sections of the Syllabus page are always editable except:

  • Course code: The course code is not editable if the course has already been published to Forum. If it has not been published, you can click on the course code at the top of the page to edit.

  • Course Type policies: Course Type policies are defined on the Course Type, and so cannot be edited for an individual course. You can find the Course Type policy in the Policies section under the For Courses Like This sub-header.

  • System-wide policies: System-wide policies are defined at the organization level and so cannot be edited for an individual course. You can find the System-wide policy in the Policies section under the For Every Course sub-header.

Saving changes to a syllabus

Changes to a syllabus are automatically saved. There is no need to explicitly save any changes. If there are any issues with saving, the page will display an alert.

You can also see feedback that your changes are saving by looking at the top left of the Syllabus page:

Publishing a syllabus

Publishing changes on a syllabus will push those changes to all corresponding sections in Forum. To learn more about the relationship between Forum and Course Builder, see this article.

Only reviewers (and admins) can publish a syllabus to Forum. If you do not see the button to publish, make sure you have the correct role.

To publish a course:

  • Click on the cloud icon in the top right of the Syllabus page

  • Click Publish at the top of the dropdown

  • Review the set of changes highlighted in the pop-up, and confirm the publish

If there are any errors on the Syllabus page that need to be corrected, these will be flagged when following the publish steps above. These errors will be highlighted on the Syllabus page for easy identification. Once you've resolved the flagged issues, try publishing the course again.

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