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Improvements Come to Simple Syllabus

Simple Syllabus LogoIntroduced almost a year ago, Simple Syllabus has enabled SMU instructors—and now TAs!—to quickly personalize and publish interactive class syllabi within Canvas. Recently, some improvements have been made to Simple Syllabus to help align with SMU in Four and to provide faculty a way to meet the three current syllabus requirements in less than 10 minutes.

Simple Syllabus makes creating a thorough syllabus a breeze. One of the most fantastic features is that it connects to your Canvas course schedule and automatically populates class meeting dates, days, times, locations, and the required syllabus language —No more manual data entry! This has been one of our most requested features. Simple Syllabus connects to your Canvas course schedule with due dates and direct links to Canvas assignments. As you can see, it really is simple syllabus.

If you’ve taught the course before or have access to other syllabi, Simple Syllabus makes it easy to pull in information from those to save you time. You can even copy and paste rich content into the editor, making formatting a breeze. Also, if you have a TA, they can now assist you with updating the syllabus

Worried your students are not reviewing the syllabus? You can track their engagement with it to ensure they stay current. Students can even access the Simple Syllabus Library, which provides them an opportunity to view a syllabus of a course in which they are not enrolled, which can be helpful when choosing your class to enroll in next semester.

Additional information on Simple Syllabus is available on the service page including an FAQ, and instructional videos. If you have any questions or need individual support for Simple Syllabus, feel free to contact your local Academic Technology Service Director (ATSD).

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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist & Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT). For over 25 years, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through multiple roles with the Digital Commons, SMU STAR Program, and now OIT. Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family in his free time.