Syllabus WIDS Steps 2015

Syllabus WIDS Steps 2015

Syllabus Essentials

As of December 1, 2015


Quick Finds

How to (step-by-step) Create a Syllabus in WIDS …………………………...… Pages 3-7
Western Technical College - Recommendations for Syllabus Matrix ……...….. Pages 8-9

NOTE: The course needs to be ACTIVE for this to be possible.
If it is not, please contact Laurie Landry or your curriculum coach.

WIDS also has many resources to assist with learning about the software.


Quick Guide — How to Create a Syllabus
1. Click on the My Syllabi tab and then Edit. This takes you to My Syllabus List as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 1

2. Click +Add to create a new syllabus. A dialog box will appear as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 2

3. 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

Figure 3

4. Type in a Start Date and an End Date or click
on the calendars to select dates.
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.
5. Click Save to close the dialog box. Your new
syllabus will appear in the My Syllabus List.


6. Click the name of the Syllabus you just added. This takes you to the Section Information screen on
one tab and the Instruction Information on another tab, as seen in the example in Figure 4.
Figure 4

7. Type in the information
under each tab as you want
the information to appear in
your syllabus.
8. Click Save.

Figure 5

9. Click Course
Information. Several
sections of your syllabus
appear below. You can edit
two sections at this point (See
Steps 10 and 11).
Note: The other fields are
edited by course developers or,
as in the case of textbooks, are
automatically populated.
10. Click Grading Information. Type or paste information (e.g., types of assignments, policy on late
assignments, and final grades scoring) into the text box. Click Save.
11. Click 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, tobacco-free and attendance
policies), and possibly guidelines you saved in another course syllabus.
To begin, Click on Edit.
To create a guideline, follow these steps:
a. Click on Add Guideline
b. Type in a title.
c. Type or paste in your information
d. Click Save


To select a guideline you created for another course, follow these steps:
a. Click on Import from a Bank of Library and choose Guideline Bank
b. Type in the name of the other course (e.g., Speech)
and click Search.
c. Click on the Title of the specific course you want.
You should see all the guidelines for that course.
d. Choose the guidelines you want.
e. Click Save. This returns you to the course you were working in.
To select the Required College Syllabus Guidelines, follow these steps:
e. Click on Import from a Bank of Library and choose Guideline Library
f. Scroll down the list.
g. Check the box for Required College Syllabus Guidelines.
h. Click Save
What if I want all the fonts to all look the same when I generate a syllabus from WIDS?
The default font in WIDS is Arial 11 point. So if you are adding a guideline, and plan to copy and paste it
from a current Word document, you will want to make sure when you go to add it you have clicked on
HTML rather than Design. See screenshot below:


When you choose HTML, you will lose formatting so you will have to add after you have copied the information
into WIDS. Remember this is a one-time process, since once it is in WIDS, you can reuse that guideline and
the formatting will stay. You can use a guideline from another course as well, so if you are teaching 4 different
courses and you have the same course guidelines for each, you can search and add to each of these different

Figure 6

a. Left click and hold the name of
the item (e.g., Required
College Syllabus Guidelines”).
It will change to a shaded bar.
b. Drag the item to the desired
location. Release when you
see the dotted line.
When you are ready to save, export, or print:

Figure 7

12. Click Quick Prints and Syllabus. You
will arrive at the screen shown in Figure 7.
13. Click on Select items and select only the
course you want before you export, save, or
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.
14. Click on Export and select Word or RTF to preview the syllabus. If you need to make revisions to
Course Information, Grading Information, or Guidelines, return to those sections and revise.
Return to Quick Prints and Step 12 to prepare to print, export, or save.




Figure 8

a. Click on Save in WIDS as shown in Figure 8 and select My Project Documents.
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.

b. Click on the Documents tab in the top navigation bar and then click on the folder you just named.
You will see your syllabi.
c. To get the public URL for a document, right click on the PDF icon for document. You can use the
public URL as a weblink to your syllabus in Blackboard.

Use Help within WIDS or navigate to the Faculty Resource Page


Western Technical College – Recommendations for Syllabus
The syllabus is considered a contract for learning. By including the information below the syllabus
becomes a document guide to be used throughout the course, not just the first day.
NOTE: Non-editable means you cannot change this information once a course has been approved.
Faculty can request to make changes to this information if they have been designated the developer of the
course, however they need to request to do this through their division office.
* = Required Component – by choosing the Western’s Master Syllabus Template, these will be
automatically included.


Section in Syllabus
Instructor Information
Instructor Name *
Email *
Phone *
Office Location *
Blackboard Information
Office Hours (even virtual) *
Beginning Date *
End Date *
Meeting Time(s) *
Location (s) *
Other personal information
Course Information *
Course Number
Course Title
Course Description
Course Credits

Editable or Non-Editable




Textbooks *
Edition (if applicable)
ISBN Number (add as custom field)
Learner Supplies *
Hardware and software
Other learning materials and costs
Associated Core Abilities

Non-editable (automatically

Associated Program Outcomes

Non-editable (automatically

Division Office

These are required by Higher
Education by program and/or
Non-editable (automatically
Non-editable (automatically

Associated External Standards

Learning Objectives

Non-editable (automatically
Non-editable (automatically

Performance Standards


Associated Learning Plans and
Performance Assessment Tasks
Grading Rational *
Rationale and scale including
participation (f2f and/or online such
as discussion boards, etc.)
Western’s Academic Dishonesty
Statement (WIDS Library) *
Western’s Student Withdrawal Policy
(WIDS Library) *
Western’s ADA Statement (WIDS
Library) *
Western’s Tobacco-Free Policy
(WIDS Library) *
Western Non-Emergent Excused
Absence Policy*
Division Policies/Program Policies
Instructional Methods
Make-up Work – late assignments,
tests, labs, etc.
Student Handbook and Student Code
of Conduct
Classroom Etiquette – f2f, labs,
clinical, complaint procedures, etc.
Communication Devices
Netiquette – email and surfing
Inclement weather
Requesting letters of reference –
process and form
Course Schedule
Class Schedule


Instructors are
responsible for
sharing this
information with



Competencies *



Non-editable (automatically
Non-editable (automatically
Non-editable (automatically
Non-editable (automatically
Non-editable (automatically


April 28, 2014