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Introduction to Simple Syllabus 

Download training session PowerPoint slides (which acts as a step-by-step handout) 

Watch a Training Video (19:25)

What is Simple Syllabus? 

Simple Syllabus helps instructors save time and eliminate redundant tasks associated with syllabus creation in Brightspace D2L. The template-driven architecture of Simple Syllabus automatically ensures compliance with accreditation and regulatory standards while still giving faculty the autonomy to personalize curriculum content for their classroom directly within D2L. 

Announcement: Starting in the Spring 2024 term, all instructors should begin using Simple Syllabus in D2L instead of uploading a syllabus in word format.  

How to Login and Access: 

  • Visit: 
  • Use the same Username and Password you normally use for Email and other services at SSC. 
  • Under the My Courses module, click on your D2L course shell. 
  • Click on More within your D2L Course, then My Syllabus. 

Content in your Syllabus: 

Simple Syllabus turns your syllabus into an electronic format.  That means you will need to review and complete fields after clicking on the My Syllabus link.  The good news is that each time you teach your courses, the syllabus from the last time you taught will automatically be imported into the D2L course for the new term.  This will save you even more time, as you won’t have to re-enter data, except updating your assignments, due dates, etc.  

There are three types of data fields in Simple Syllabus.  Prepopulated fields (nothing required of the instructor), required content that the instructor must complete, and then optional fields that if left blank, will not appear on the electronic syllabus.  

Prepopulated content:  

Many fields in the electronic syllabus are pre-populated with data that comes directly from Colleague, our student information system.  That means it is always accurate and you do not need to worry about updating.  The pre-populated fields include course details, course description, textbook information, learning outcomes, explanation of attendance verification, academic integrity, student services and policies, and last date to withdraw. 

Fields instructors must complete:  

There are some fields that instructors must complete.  These fields include instructor information, additional course materials (if any), your course attendance policy and how it might affect student’s grades, your grading schema, your academic integrity policy (cheating/plagiarism), and course calendar of assignments, due dates and points.  

Optional fields: 

There are many optional fields instructors can complete.  But if they are left blank, they won’t appear on the electronic syllabus.  These optional fields include method of presentation, classroom etiquette, and late work and make-up assignments. 

Add Custom Content 

You can add your own custom content to the electronic syllabus as well.  This preserves your academic freedom.  

Optional: If using D2L for your assignments, Simple Syllabus has a sync option that will list all your assignments, due dates, point values, etc., automatically in the Syllabus.  

Publish your Syllabus 

When all required fields are completed, you have to opportunity to preview the syllabus and then submit it.  Submitting the syllabus allows students to see it.   

Where do students see the syllabus?  They click on My Syllabus in the D2L course menu. 

Training and Information 


  • For issues accessing your Syllabus, please contact the Teaching and Learning Center at  
  • For additional help, access the Simple Syllabus Technical Support Center. 
  • Within the Simple Syllabus tool, click on the question mark icon on the top left of the syllabus. 
  • Fill out the Submit a Request form for immediate help or visit the Knowledge Base. 
  • If you are asked to login, select Continue with SSO.  

Emergency Flip to eLearning

Need to make an emergency flip to eLearning? If you know these three things, you will be off to a great start: Creating an Announcement, Using Bongo Virtual Classroom, and Adding a File to D2L Brightspace.

Email systems are down, please reach out by chat, or call 708-225-5825 option 2 with any questions.

Creating an Announcement in D2L Brightspace

Using Bongo Virtual Classroom

Adding a File to D2L Brightspace

Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor (Student)

Need help getting started with or troubleshooting Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor? Learn More by reviewing the FAQ from Respondus

Top Four Respondus Questions:

Still having trouble? Submit a ticket to Respondus or email

Print Book Options for Cengage Unlimited, McGraw Hill and Pearson Inclusive Access (IA) Courses


Did you know you can use a print copy of your Cengage Unlimited and Inclusive Access course materials?

Students with a 12-month subscription to Cengage Unlimited are eligible to rent at up to eight FREE hardcopy textbooks by just paying $9.99 S&H each.


Because you are enrolled in a course using McGraw Hill Inclusive Access materials, you have the option to purchase a loose-leaf print version of the textbook through the campus bookstore using your financial aid, check, credit card, and cash. Purchases can be picked up in person or shipped. Contact the SSC Bookstore for additional information.

Within the McGraw Hill Connect platform, students can choose to purchase the loose-leaf print version textbook via credit card only, and materials are shipped directly to the students after purchase. 

The cost varies by title.


Because you are enrolled in a course using Pearson Inclusive Access materials, you have the option to purchase a loose-leaf print version of the textbook through the campus bookstore using your financial aid, check, credit card, and cash. Purchases can be picked up in person or shipped. Contact the SSC Bookstore for additional information.

The cost varies by title.

What is Educause?

Welcome to EDUCAUSE! Your organization has made an excellent decision by joining the largest community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education—making you a member.
As a member, EDUCAUSE can help you:
Predict, plan for, and act on the latest trends by accessing cutting-edge research, data, tools, and publications • Make connections by discussing your challenges and best practices with peers • Advance your knowledge and career by participating in training and professional development for a wide range of topics and career levels
To help you get the most out of your membership, we’ve created an orientation program that provides you with key resources that you can start leveraging today.
Member Orientation Paths The paths below offer you tools and resources to make your job easier and help you advance your career. We’ve created one page that’s quick and easy to use, with content curated for your area of interest. Each path also provides you with our 5 Key Resources to set you up for success.

Security and Privacy
IT Leaders
IT Professionals
Teaching and Learning
Don’t Put Me in a Box  

Ready to get started? Use your SSC email address to create your profile!

Pairing D2L with McGraw Hill Connect

Pairing your McGraw Hill Connect materials with D2L Brightspace provides a seamless experience for students. With a few clicks, you are able to integrate your grade books and assignments like a pro.

Important Note: before pairing, check which internet browser you are using. It is recommended to use Chrome or Firefox and avoid Safari (which sometimes blocks the pairing process).

D2L Brightspace Pairing (Sync) Process (website – step-by-step guide)

D2L BrightSpace Pairing Process (Video Only)

Access to Instructor Resources through Connect (PDF)

Virtual Video Training Session – December 1, 2020

Resources for Students

Below are links to videos and documents that walk students through registering for Connect via D2L BrightSpace. These student instructions are slightly different if you have an Inclusive Access course.

Steps for Students (Video)

Steps for Students (PDF)

McGraw Hill Student Registration (Website)

Technical Support

If you would like to schedule a 1 on 1 session to pair Connect with D2L with a McGraw Hill representative click here.

You can find other resources and support tools at our Support at Every Step Website:

Tech Support: 800-331-5094

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