Structured Syllabus (Template) Explained
A structured syllabus is a syllabus where content is organized according to a data model that explicitly understands the meaning of that data. In other words, as opposed to a "flat" syllabus authored in a tool like Microsoft Word, a structured syllabus in Concourse will have defined places for the course description, outcomes, evaluation criteria, a schedule, and so forth. This is similar to how the professional networking platform LinkedIn parses and stores resume information like education and experience in a consistent manner.
A structured syllabus has a number of advantages. First, since the system knows what is an outcome and what is not, you can run an item report to aggregate outcomes, and only outcomes, from every syllabus in the system instantly instead of reviewing syllabi one-by-one manually. At the same time the syllabus can be formatted in a number of different ways, on screen like a sheet of paper, on a mobile device, and even in a calendar presentation. Further, permissions can be applied to each of these syllabus components so that only some parts are visible to the public, others not editable by instructors.
With Concourse, all of these possibilities (and more) can become reality because Concourse is designed to support structured syllabi.
Syllabus Items Explained
In Concourse a structured syllabus is made up of a series of components we call "Items." In other words the Item is the building block of Concourse syllabi. Each Item has a number of properties. They can have data. Each belongs to parent item and may ...
Course Template Customization
A great deal can be achieved in terms of template "customization" with a good understanding of your campus processes and policies and through the use of linked templates. In this way you can easily create tiers of templates using the established item ...
Linked Course Templates
This article provides more "technical" information regarding linked templates. If you are looking for a tutorial on how to link templates, consider visiting the Create a Link Between Templates article in the "How-To" section of our Knowledge Base. ...
API - Syllabus Content
FYI: All lines within code blocks are numbered, regardless of whether there is more than one line of code provided. An API is available to retrieve the content, permissions, and metadata related to syllabi. This is helpful for integrating Concourse ...
Creating a Course Syllabus in Concourse
If course syllabi are not created automatically for you by an administrator and you are allowed to manually create course syllabi, select the Create dropdown in the main navigation. From there, select what you would like to do: Clone a course, Create ...