Converting your Syllabus to a Moodle Page
Posted by Bonnie Tensen on 12 November 2015 11:26 AM

Most instructors post their syllabi on Moodle as a Word doc or PDF. However, their are many benefits to copying & pasting your syllabus into a Moodle page (a web page accessible only within your course). For one thing, a page is much more accessible to students--it doesn't need to be downloaded, can be viewed on all mobile devices, and is user-friendly for screen-readers. In addition, a page can be easily edited if you need to make updates. [NOTE: Should students want to print a copy of the syllabus, you could include a PDF or doc in additon to the Moodle page.] 

  1. In your Moodle course, click on the "Turn editing on" button in the upper right corner.

    Click on "Turn editing on" button

  2. At the bottom the "Zero section" (very top section of your course), click on "Add an activity or resource."

    Click on "Add an activity or resource"

  3. Scroll down in the Moodle "picker" and select "Page" and then click "Add."

    Select "Page" and click "Add"

  4. In the window that opens, name the page "Syllabus"

    Name the Moodle page "Syllabus"

  5. Open your Word doc syllabus (or PDF) and copy the entire document.

    Copy your syllabus document

  6.  Back on the Moodle page, scroll down (past the "Description" text box) to where it says "Content." In the text box below that, click on the square icon in the left corner of the toolbar (this will reveal all of the features in the Content Editor toolbar). Then click on the clipboard icon with the W on it. Note: The Paste from Word button only exists in the TinyMCE Content Editor. It is not available in ATTO.

    Click on the W clipboard in the content editor

  7. Click in the window that opens and on your keyboard, simultaneously click "ctrl" and "V" to paste your text into the box. Then click "Insert."

    Paste your text and "Insert"

  8. Click on "Save and display" to view the page. You may still need to "clean up" the text (the copy & paste might have included some Word formatting that is incompatible with HTML code). To edit the page, click on "Edit settings" in the Administration block. You may want to include 

    Paste and edit settings to edit
  9. You can move the page to the location you prefer by clicking on the "cross" to the left of the item and dragging and dropping it into place.  

Drag & Drop page to location

Last Modified: 2019/08/01 - updated with a note about tinymce

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