FAS Expanded Course Description
The Expanded Course Description template was created for FAS courses (Yale College and GSAS courses in Canvas) and was first implemented in fall 2020. This template was designed in partnership with the FAS Steering Committee and the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.
Deadline for expanded course descriptions: April 5, 2021
The deadline for completing expanded course descriptions in Canvas is April 5, 2021. (This early deadline is the keystone to a schedule that allows the bulk of early registration to take place prior to the summer, enabling faculty to have a true break from registration- and advising-related work during June and July.)
Application period for limited enrollment courses: April 6-21, 2021
The student application period for courses with limited enrollments will take place from April 6-21, 2021. How the application process works for limited-enrollment courses is largely up to individual departments and to individual instructors. If you are unsure if your department or program runs a centralized process, please contact your DUS.
Early registration period: May 3-28, 2021
Early registration for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors will take place from May 3-28, 2021. Again, by offering early registration in May, we hope to enable faculty to have a break from registration-related activities during June and July.
Refer to the Registration website for current information, FAQs, and a growing library of registration system tutorials and instructional documentation.
A Note about Course Format
University guidelines for fall 2021 will not be determined by the April 5th deadline for expanded course descriptions. Please complete fields in this form to the best of your ability, and reach out to your DUS with specific questions.
How do I find the Expanded Course Description?
TIP: By default, the Canvas Syllabus tool is set to be the default Home page in your course. You can modify your course to set a different page/tool as your course home page if desired.
The expanded 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.
Below is a screenshot of what the template will look like - please note, there are no changes to the template format from spring 21.
For a preview of the full template, unchanged for fall 21 from spring 21, please download the PDF attached below.
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
- Click the link below to download an HTML copy of the template.
- Open the HTML file in a basic text editing program like NotePad or TextEdit.
- Highlight and copy the code in the HTML file.
- Go to your Canvas course site and open the Syllabus tool.
- On the Syllabus page, click the "Edit" button.
- In the Rich Content Editor, switch to the HTML Editor view.
- Paste the HTML code you copied into the text box.
- 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 Expanded Course Description in my syllabus?
The expanded 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 expanded course description in your official course site, and do not, please email email@example.com.
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.