How do I Transfer my Course with the Canvas Syllabus Template?

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We’re getting closer to the time to prep for next semester’s courses. With the Canvas syllabus template, you may be wondering how it’ll work to bring your courses over and if you’ll need to recreate your syllabus in your new section. Thankfully, this is not the case! There’s a slightly different process to follow if your syllabus is already in the Canvas template or if you still have it in an earlier format. Let’s take a look at each of these.  

If your syllabus is already in the Canvas syllabus template 

You’re in really good shape! Since the template hasn’t been updated, you can copy your entire course over to your new section. Once it’s in the new section, you just need to edit a couple of the details – the course code at the top of the syllabus and the meeting information. If your course objectives are still linked to the “Outcomes” page, you’ll need to change their formatting to pull them back into your syllabus. You can find more information on how to do that in “How Do I Update the Formatting for my Course Objectives in my Syllabus?”

If your syllabus is not in the Canvas syllabus template 

You’ll need to make sure you keep the autosyllabus in your new section. When you’re ready to copy your course content over, copy all the content except for the syllabus page. For more information on how to do this (or how to retrieve a lost or deleted autosyllabus), check out “How Can I Import My Course Content without Overriding the Autosyllabus?” 

Once your content is in the section, you can go through the autosyllabus and fill it in with the specifics of your course.  

For quick reference, here’s a flowchart that walks through this process.  

flowchart walking you through the process of moving over a course with considerations for the autosyllabus. the image relates the exact same information as the instructions in the post.
flowchart illustrating the decision process for how to import your course content depending on the current form of your syllabus

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