Business Continutity - Canvas Syllabus / Activity & More
For Udergrad Courses

It is a requirement that a course, at bare minimum, contain a syllabus, and at least one activity for Business continuity purposes.  But I do suggest much more to use the power of Canvas.

The Syllabus

First of all, take a look at the following very short videos that talk about the syllabus:

Video 1
Video 2

And do not forget, there are always the Canvas guides HERE

There are three parts to the syllabus section in Canvas.

The first is a text area where you can put some basic course information.  It is possible but probably mt advised to type in the whole syllabus here.  Ity is probbly the best to enter some basic information and then add a link to your actual syllabus file.  I would recommend a link.  I would recommend a link to a pdf file (but a doc / docx file) works fine.  From this link, a student can: download the file, display the file in Canvas, or display the syllabus in a new window.  Of course they can print it, but I think printing will be minimal.

Create your course syllabus.  Upload the file(s) to the Files area in Canvas.  Then link to the file as described in the video.  It is quite simple. Again, using a pdf file is probably the best bet.

The Second area pertains to the Gradebook.  As defined in the Syllabus, you may want to go into the Assignments section of Canvas, and enter your grade / weight categories and percentages. This is quite easy to do.  What you add should match what is in the syllabus.  This also sets you up for actually using the gradebook with assignments, quizzes, discussions, and other activities.

The Third area of the syllabus contains the system generated portion of the system in Canvas which is very well integrated into the system as you add assignments, dates, and more.

Watch the videos.

When all is done, you syllabus screen can look like this:  Click Here

Required Activity

There are a number of items that can be used to satisfy the activity requirement for Business Continuity.  One great item is Web Conferencing which is power full and can be used for online lectures to offic hours and more.  Of course there are many other items that can be used... like a discussion... assignments, and much more.  You can basically add as much as you want to make the course either fully online, or fully hybrid.


Again, you can add to Canvas to your heart's content.  Of course the first items you may want to add are assignments, discussions, quizzes and more, and integrate them into the gradebook which can be maintained online where students can have visibility to their status at all times.  Of course using the Speed Grader in Canvas is absolutely great.

Finally, you can add content, labs, videos, and supplemental course items as you see fit.  You can add the whole course if you want.  The options vary. The results are fruitful.


If you are going to use a full blown 15 week scheme, import the template available to you in another section of this site (HERE).  Then add / delete from there.

In time (or immediately) you will conclude that Canvas is a great tool to enhnace / supplement your on campus course.  Certainly, if done correctly, you can save hours in grading, distributing assignments, administerine quizzes, and much more. A main goal should be the elimination of paper and manual handouts, assignments, quizzes and grading.  The power exists within Canvas to make this happen.