FAS Extended Course Description

For the Fall 2020 term, an Extended Course Description template will be available in all FAS courses (Yale College and GSAS courses in Canvas). This template was designed in partnership with the FAS Steering Committee and the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.

Dean Chun, Dean Cooley, and Dean Gendler requested that faculty upload this information to Canvas by August 7 to ensure students have access to the information during the course enrollment period. Please see the following memo from June 18, 2020 for more details.

How do I find the Extended Course Description?

The extended course description is built into the Syllabus tool in Canvas and is part of the course creation process.  Only FAS courses will have this template in their course. 

More information on the Syllabus tool can be found here.

For a preview of the full template, please download the PDF attached below.

Need to restore a copy of the original template?  Click here to find out how.

Restoring the FAS Syllabus Template

If you accidentally deleted/overwrote the FAS Syllabus template or would just like to restore the original version of the template in your course site's Syllabus tool, follow the instructions below:

Download the HTML copy of the template

  1. Click the link below to download an HTML copy of the template.
  1. Open the HTML file in a basic text editing program like NotePad or TextEdit.
  2. Highlight and copy the code in the HTML file.

Edit Syllabus

  1. Go to your Canvas course site and open the Syllabus tool.
  2. On the Syllabus page, click the "Edit" button.
  3. In the Rich Content Editor, switch to the HTML Editor view.
  4. Paste the HTML code you copied into the text box.
  5. Click the Save button.

You have now restored a fresh copy of the FAS Syllabus Template.  Feel free to make changes as needed in your course site's Syllabus tool.


Why is the Extended Course Description in my syllabus?

The extended course description was added to the syllabus tool to facilitate access to this early course description by students during open enrollment.  Unlike other parts of a course, the Canvas Syllabus is available linked to a course listing on Yale Course Search once a faculty member publishes (or makes available) their official course site in Canvas.

If you believe you should see the extended course description in your Fall 2020 official course site, and do not, please email askpoorvucenter@yale.edu.

If you have the template in your course and do not wish to use it, you can select all and delete - the template is to serve as a guide, and is not a fixed or permanent part of your course.