Canvas - Official Syllabus Tool - Known Issues

The UW-Madison Official Syllabus tool is hosted in AEFIS and available to UW-Madison instructors via Canvas. This document describes known issues of the Official Syllabus tool.

    The Official Syllabus Displays the Wrong Course Name

    In cross-listed courses and courses with multiple sections, the Official Syllabus displays the name of the primary course section.

    Affects

    • Multiple-range courses with lecture, lab, and discussion sections
    • Meets-with courses within the same Canvas course
    • Courses that have been manually cross-listed in Canvas

    Status

    This issue is present as of 10/26/2018.

    Workarounds

    No known workarounds.


    Official Syllabus Displays the Wrong Number of Credits for Variable Credit Courses

    For courses that can be taken for a variable number of credits, the Official Syllabus displays the highest number of credits a student can take (e.g. 4 credits for a 3-4 credit course).

    Affects

    All variable credit courses.

    Status

    This issue is present as of 10/26/2018.

    Workarounds

    No known workarounds.


    Instructor Cannot Access the Official Syllabus Tool

    Only instructors listed in the Student Information System can edit the Syllabus. Instructors who have been manually added to a course in Canvas will get an error when they try to do so.

    Additionally, the Official Syllabus does not populate for courses without enrolled students. Instructors of courses with no SIS enrollments will receive an error message when they try to access the Official Syllabus tool.

    Affects

    • Users who do not have an instructor listing in SIS.
    • Courses with zero enrollments.

    Status

    This issue is present as of 10/26/2018.

    Workarounds

    Instructors who should be listed in SIS but are not should contact their curricular representatives to get this updated.

    There are no known workarounds for the zero enrollment error.


    Instructor Cannot Edit Official Syllabus

    Instructors can only edit the Official Syllabus when their course is in Faculty Pending status in AEFIS. Courses are auto-published in AEFIS during the first week of the semester, and instructors will not be able to edit Syllabus fields, including Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs), after this time.

    Affects

    All courses after the first week of a given semester.

    Status

    This issue is present as of 10/26/2018.

    Workaround

    Contact the DoIT Help Desk. The Help Desk will forward a case to campus administrators who can change the status of the course back to Faculty Pending.


    Official Syllabus Does Not Show Up in Canvas's Student View

    Instructors who are previewing their course with Canvas's Student View option will get an error when trying to access the Official Syllabus.

    Affects

    All Canvas courses.

    Status

    This issue is present as of 10/26/2018. It is related to a broader issue with how Student View interacts with external tools, since the Syllabus is hosted in AEFIS and pulled into Canvas through a plug-in.

    Workaround

    Despite not showing up in Student View, the Official Syllabus will show up to actual students.

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    Keywords:canvas syllabus AEFIS accreditation syllabi outcomes federal compliance template credit credits beta known issues limitations clos course learning objectives lti can't cannot edit error enrollments sis   Doc ID:87079
    Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
    Created:2018-10-23 11:11 CSTUpdated:2018-10-26 14:56 CST
    Sites:DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store, Learn@UW Madison
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