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 Single File Only button.
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  • 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 Edit (text, links, multiple files) button or the Edit button in the upper right of the page.
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  • 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:

  • Select the Insert tab, hover over Document, and choose the option for Upload Document. Or, you can click on the dropdown arrow next to the Document icon and select Upload Document. Both steps will take you to the same place. 

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  • Click Upload File and browse for the file or drag-and-drop your Syllabus file. 


  • Select a usage right setting, then click the Submit button.
  • If you have already uploaded your syllabus file to the Files tool, click on the Insert tab, hover over Document, and select Course Documents or click on the drop-down arrow next to the Documents icon and select Course Documents


  • Find and click on your syllabus file.
  • Scroll down and click the Update Syllabus button to save.


Expand syllabus file by default

If you'd like the Syllabus file expanded by default, follow the steps below.

  1. Go into the Edit view.
  2. Using your cursor, click on the embedded link.
  3. Select Link Options. A panel will open on the right side of the page. 
  4. Choose the option to Preview inline and Expand Preview by Default
  5. Click Done.
  6. Click Update Syllabus. Refresh the page to see the syllabus file expanded by default.