This is an interesting side effect of linked templates. Since items can be introduced at any template level and at any time, sort order cannot itself be linked. Therefore sequencing is maintained individually by every syllabus.
For example, let’s say you have two template levels, institutional and course. The institutional template starts with a single policy, with sort order one (position 1).
Then you create the course template. It begins with institutional policy one (position 1). You add another policy to the course template (position 2).
By returning to the institutional template and adding a second policy (position 2), on the course template it will look like position 3 since the second spot was already taken.
If content sequencing within syllabus item categories is that important to learning, there are two ways to limit potentially inconsistent sequencing. The first is to incorporate as much as you can in higher level templates before they are cloned. Sort order will begin as the same on any cloned templates. Alternatively you can run an item report and download the extended CSV to see where a given item sits and revisit the syllabus to move it if necessary.
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