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.

Refer to the Registration website for current information, deadlines, FAQs, and a growing library of registration system tutorials and instructional documentation.

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. 

More information on the Syllabus tool can be found here.


Below is a screenshot of what the template will look like - please note, there are no changes to the template format from fall 21.

For a preview of the full template, unchanged for fall 21 from spring 21, 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 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 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.