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Use the Syllabus Tool

Last updated on December 10, 2021

The Canvas Syllabus is a convenient location to provide a course description, materials list, and other important information. The Syllabus page also includes a calendar and a Course Summary section, which automatically lists assignments and due dates.


  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  4. Select the Course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Syllabus on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Click Edit.
  7. Type or paste in any Course Information you wish to provide to your students.
  8. Click Update Syllabus.

The Course Summary is an automatically generated list of assignments and events, organized chronologically by due date or to-do date (for ungraded items). Students can only see published items.

The Course Calendar in the sidebar also includes similar information. Days on which assignments or events are due are shown with a gray background. Clicking on a day will show the associated assignment or event in the Course Summary.

Add an Item to the Course Summary and Course Calendar

  • For assignments (including quizzes and graded discussions):
    1. Publish the Item.
      • Note: No further action necessary. The item will be added automatically, listed in order of due date. Items with no due date will appear at the bottom of the list.
  • For pages and ungraded discussions:
    1. Click Pages or Discussions on the course navigation menu to the left.
    2. Click the Name of the Page or Discussion.
    3. Click Edit.
    4. Scroll down to Options.
    5. Check the Box next to “Add to Student To-Do.”
    6. Select a “To-Do Date” from the calendar.
    7. Click Save.