To create a Syllabus in D2L Brightspace, the instructors are allowed to use the great template in order to make it neater. The template used by instructors is used to make sure that the syllabus they’ve created is accessible for all their students.
The template syllabus can be obtained from some programs including (Google Doc) Grayscale Course Syllabus, (Microsoft Word) Grayscale Course Syllabus and also (Brightspace HTML) Course Syllabus. If you want to know more about the D2L template, let’s see our post below!
How to Get a D2L Template?
The D2L template can be obtained from the Brightspace HTML . To get this template, you should download the file to your computer and then upload it to your D2L Brightspace course shell. You can also edit the template in D2L Brightspace. However, this template is for the Online Learning Syllabus.
Additionally, you will also have to modify information for face-to-face or hybrid courses. However, this template cannot be customized in D2L Brightspace. If you are not sure about what needs to be included in a PCC Syllabus, you can take a look at the Syllabus Standards for Credit Courses.
Here’s a list of required formatting elements to create D2L syllabus templates:
- Images have alternative text
- Tables with column/row headers
- Meaningful links
- Grade calculation equations are written with MathType (Word) or MathML
- Color with enough contrast
About Icon Web Pages in D2L Brightspace
The iconWebpages are the most accessible document type in D2L Brightspace. Even though the PDFs and Word/Google docs have their place in the online classroom, you should consider whether your document will be more suited as a web (HTML) page.
For instance, an assignment template may be best left as a Word/ Google Doc. While, a journal article may be best left as a PDF. In case of assignment description or topic notes, it may be well suited as a web (HTML) page.
How to Use the PCC Stylesheet?
A ‘stylesheet’ is a kind of file which webpages in D2L Brightspace reference for various document formatting styles. In this case, title and section headings should have a specific font, color and size. The font, color and size for normal text and List indents are specified.
Image margins are added so that when you wrap text around the image, it doesn’t conflict with the image. Tables have alternating colors and hyperlinks in blue. There are currently two color schemes in PCC: teal and grayscale.
Here’s how to add a stylesheet folder to a course!
If you have not yet the html templates folder in your D2L Brightspace course, you may want to add a stylesheet folder. Take the following steps:
- First, you need to download the PCC Stylesheets zip file to your computer. To download it, you need to login to your PCC Gmail account.
- After that, upload this file to the ‘Manage Files’ area in your D2L Brightspace course.
- Then, click on the down arrow beside the folder’s name.
- Choose Unzip.
Here’s how to apply a style sheet template to a new web page!
- Firsty, you have to click on ‘Content’ option from the navigation bar
- Go to the module where you want to add a file
- Click on the ‘Create/Upload’ button
- Choose ‘Create a File’
- Click the ‘Browse’ for a template button.
- Choose ‘Course Offering Files’
- Choose ‘the html-templates2_0’ (or html-templates) folder
- Choose either the gray or teal (or simple_blank) template by clicking on the radio button
- Click on the ‘Add’ button
More PCC’s Online Learning Templates
You may also need more templates outside of D2L Brightspace. As we’ve mentioned above the syllabus can be obtained from (Google Doc) Grayscale Course Syllabus and (Microsoft Word) Grayscale Course Syllabus.
Here’s how to use it!
- (Google Doc) Grayscale Course Syllabus
You can see the Grayscale Course Syllabus template here. If you want to use this template, you need to go to File and choose the ‘Make a copy’ option. After that, you can easily customize the text style of headings in the Google Doc. They include format one heading level, entire document update and update the heading level to match selection.
- (Microsoft Word) Grayscale Course Syllabus
You can see the Grayscale Course Syllabus template created by Microsoft Word here. If you want to use this template, you can download the file to your computer and then open it in Microsoft Word.
Then, if you would like to apply your own style to this template, you can take a look the ways that we’ll explain as follow:
- Modify a style by editing it to match formatting in your document
If you already have text in your document which already has a style applied, you can change the formatting of the text and apply it to the style in the Styles gallery. In this case, you can choose the text in your document which has the style applied, such as Heading 1.
When you choose text which has a style applied, of course that style is highlighted in the Styles gallery. Format the chosen text with the new attributes that you want. For example, you may want to change the point size for the Heading 1 style from 16 points to 15 points.
On the Home tab, you can then right-click the style you want to change on the Styles group. After that, click Update (Style Name) to Match Selection.
- Modify a style manually in the Modify Style
You can also customize a style directly in the Styles gallery without using the text in your document. What you should do is to right-click any style in the Style gallery on the Home tab and click on the ‘Modify’ button.
In the Formatting section, you can also create any formatting changes you want including font style, size, color, alignment and line spacing. Choose whether the style change applies to the current document or to all next documents.
- Create a new style based on document formatting
You can also choose formatted text in your document to make a new style that you add to the Styles gallery. Firstly, you can right-click the text on which you want to base a new style. Then, click on the Styles option and then click on Create a Style. Give your style name and click OK in the ‘Create New Style from Formatting’ dialog box. Well, your new style will appear in the Styles gallery.