Brightspace + Simple Syllabus

Integrated experience makes syllabus creation easy

Downloading templates, copy and pasting content, uploading to Brightspace—sound familiar? Publishing syllabi has become a laborious process on some campuses that rely on manual operations for creating and tracking syllabi. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. That’s why Simple Syllabus and D2L have teamed up to make comprehensive, integrated syllabi within Brightspace a reality.

Get started on a path to a simpler future.


Simple Syllabus helps instructors save time and eliminate redundant tasks associated with syllabus creation in Brightspace. It’s centralized and template-driven, automatically ensuring compliance with accreditation and regulatory standards while still giving faculty the academic freedom to personalize curriculum content for their classroom directly within the LMS.

Designed specifically for updating syllabi, it is incredibly intuitive and requires no training to use. Its web-based architecture means it’s accessible from anywhere, anytime and requires no software installation or updates. The powerful publisher of Simple Syllabus helps instructors create more interactive syllabi by including rich media, such as video or images, directly within their Brightspace class syllabus. All changes made to your syllabus are automatically saved without any need to push a button. Content previously created by instructors automatically carries forward each term in the syllabus publisher, eliminating the need for laborious copy and paste.

Retrieval of your institution’s syllabi for compliance purposes is even easier. Simple Syllabus is built on a centralized syllabus repository that archives all campus syllabi created within Brightspace and their underlying data to support extensive reporting capabilities for accreditation and effective syllabus management.

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Integrated Experience

The Simple Syllabus publisher is seamlessly embedded within Brightspace, leveraging the Learning Tools Interoperability standard for maximum compatibility. Designed to be a completely integrated experience, users do not need a seperate user account or password to access Simple Syllabus; the retrieval of syllabus data is handled autonomously directly within the Brightspace interface.

Quick Retrieval

Retrieving your institution’s syllabi in Brightspace and exporting them for reporting has never been easier than with Simple Syllabus. Each syllabus record in the library offers a print to PDF option for individual printing. For a more automated approach, evidence collection reports let Simple Syllabus administrators export an excel spreadsheet with url links to all web and pdf versions of a syllabus. Alternatively, users can choose to download a zipped folder that will contain a PDF version of every syllabus that meets your filter criteria.

Highly Configurable Templates

Simple Syllabus empowers schools with an online, easy-to-use template builder that establishes required syllabus components directly within Brightspace. Completely personalize the syllabus template to your institution’s needs by creating and configuring as many dedicated component areas as needed. Assign content ownership to different layers of the organization, for instance, policies to academic affairs, grading scale to department chairs, and assignments to course instructors.

Content Carries Forward

Save instructors substantial time by remembering their work in Brightspace. If an instructor teaches multiple sections of a course, or has previously published a syllabus for a class in a former term, the software will pre-populate their current syllabus with their most recent content for edit and review. All content created by instructors is dynamically saved for future use and does not require faculty to take any additional steps, saving even more time.

Power Personalization

Give instructors complete control and autonomy of the areas of the syllabus that matter most to them with writable rights. Configure syllabus components to be optional and let instructors decide whether to include them or not in their syllabus template. When enabled, Ad Hoc components give instructors the ability to add additional areas of content to an established template to further personalize a syllabus to their classroom. Sorting, if engaged, lets instructors reorganize the sequencing of content.

Continuous Improvement

Assessing academic content quality, such as the information contained within syllabi, has traditionally been difficult, until now. Continuous Improvement reports within Simple Syllabus can identify potential issues related to content disparities or length. Compare the information being communicated in a course across sections and delivery methods to ensure consistency. Evaluate the quantity of information being communicated to students and identify anomalies.