Create a Syllabus

Create a Syllabus








Create a Syllabus
Create a Syllabus
1. Log into WIDS at https://westerntc.wids.org/Login.aspx using your Western username
and password.
2. Select the course for which you want to create a syllabus.

3. Click on the My Syllabi tab.

4. Click on Edit.

5. This takes you to My Syllabus List. Click +Add to create a new syllabus.
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6. A dialog box will appear. Type a syllabus name in the Syllabus Title box. Be consistent;
use a pattern (such as year, semester, and title of the course). This will help you search
for a syllabus if someone needs it. Example: 2014 Spring Business Management
Capstone.
7. Type in a Start Date and an End Date or click on the calendars to select dates.
8. Optional: Check Shared if you want to share your syllabus with other people who teach
this course. This allows them to copy your syllabus as a starting point for creating their
own syllabi.
9. Click Save to close the dialog box.

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10. Your new syllabus will appear in the My Syllabus List.

Add Content to the Syllabus
1. Click the name of the Syllabus you just added.

2. Select Edit.

3. This takes you to the Section Information screen on one tab and the Instruction
Information on another tab.
4. Type in the information under each tab as you want the information to appear in your
syllabus.
5. Click Save.
6. Note: The other fields are edited by course developers or, as in the case of textbooks,
are automatically populated.

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Add Grading Information
1. Select the Course Information dropdown and Grading Information and Edit.

2. Type or paste information (e.g., types of assignments, policy on late assignments, and
final grades scoring) into the text box.
3. Click Save.
4. Otherwise you can also select Import from a Bank or Library.

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5. Select the Grading Information Bank.
6. Type in the course where you would like to get your information from and select
Search.
7. Select the source and review the information.
8. Click Save.

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9. Select the Grading Information Library.
10. Select the information that you would like to use.
11. Click Save.

Add Guidelines
This section is where you include information that is specific to your course (e.g.,
attendance policy, use of technology, classroom and online etiquette), required College
Syllabus Guidelines (Western’s academic dishonesty, student withdrawal, ADA, tobaccofree and attendance policies), and possibly guidelines you saved in another course syllabus.
1. Click Guidelines.

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2. To begin, click on Edit.

Create a Guideline
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Click on +Add Guideline.
Type in a title.
Type or paste in your information.
Click Save.

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Use a Guideline from Another Course
To select a guideline you created for another course, follow these steps:
1. Click on Import from a Bank or Library.

2. Select Guideline Bank Type in the name of the other course (e.g., Speech), and click
Search.

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3. Click on the Title of the specific course you want. You should see all the guidelines for
that course.
4. Choose the guidelines you want.
5. Click Save. This returns you to the course you were working in.

Add Required College Syllabus Guidelines
1. To select the Required College Syllabus Guidelines, follow these steps:
2. Click on +Import from a Bank or Library.

3. Select Guideline Library.

4. Scroll down the list.
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5. Check the box for Required College Syllabus Guidelines.
6. Click Save.

Re-order Guideline Items
1. Left click and hold the name of the item (e.g., Required College Syllabus Guidelines”). It
will change to a shaded bar.
2. Drag the item to the desired location. Release when you see the dotted line.

Save, Export or Print
1. Click Quick Prints and Syllabus.

2. Click on Select items and select only the course you want before you export, save, or
print.

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3. To use the Western Syllabus Template, Select Templates, Shared Templates, Western
Master Syllabus.
4. Submit.

5. Optional: To add items to your syllabus, click on Show/Hide Options and select items
you want to add to your syllabus. +Expand items to see more options.

Export
1. Select the Export tab.
2. Click on Export and select Word or RTF to preview the syllabus.
3. You can export a PDF, Word or RTF document.
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4. To get the public URL for a document, right click on the PDF icon for document. You can
use the public URL as a web link to your syllabus in Blackboard.

If you need to make revisions to Course Information, Grading Information, or Guidelines,
return to those sections and revise. Return to Quick Prints to prepare to print, export, or
save.

Save Your Syllabus to Another Location (Optional)
1. Click on Save in WIDS (as shown), and select My Project Documents.
2. If this is your first time using this tool, click on Add New Root Folder, type in a name for
the folder, click Add the folder and Save.
3. Click on the Documents tab in the top navigation bar and then click on the folder you
just named. You will see your syllabi.

For More Assistance
Use Help within WIDS or navigate to Western’s Faculty Curriculum page.

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