How do I add a syllabus?

Any syllabus added to the Syllabus tool of a Canvas course will appear in the Stanford Syllabus web site. By default, anyone at Stanford can view the syllabus on Stanford Syllabus, even if the Canvas course is not published.

To add a single file:

  • Go to the Syllabus tool.
  • Click the 'Add a single file only' button.


  • To upload a new file, use the 'my computer' option, choose a file from your computer, then click the Add button. The 'I hold the copyright' designation is appropriate for any content created by the instructor or teaching team. If the content was created by another source, use the drop-down menu to choose another option for copyright designation.


  • To choose a file that was already uploaded to the Canvas course, select the 'my course's Files' option and select the desired file.



To add multiple files, inline text or embedded media:

  • Go to the Syllabus tool.
  • Click the 'Add multiple files, inline text or embedded media' button or the Edit button in the upper right of the page.


  • You can then enter text within the rich content editor, add a link (or links), upload a file (or files) or embed images or media.


To upload and embed links to files:

  • On the right side of the page (or at the bottom if your browser window is small), click the Files tab in the content helper.


  • If you haven't already uploaded a file, click Upload a New File and browse for the file. 


  • Select a usage right setting, then click the Upload button.


  • If you have already uploaded your syllabus file to the Files tool, click on the course files folder and select the file.


  • A link to the file will be inserted in the place you had your cursor in the rich content editor.
  • Click the Update Syllabus button to save.