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You'll need to first log into the site to add/edit Course content. Contact Eric Hepburn if you have any issues.

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Before the registration period every spring and fall, faculty will be sent a list of their upcoming courses to be created on the SOA website, in order to provide students with upcoming course descriptions and if possible, syllabi.

Getting Started

To create a Course, go to My Workbench > Create Content > Course

The Course editing interface will appear.

    1. NOTE: The "Save" button is at the bottom of the page

Course Description

Course descriptions should give a brief overview of the course objectives and content.  In some cases, a paragraph may be sufficient, but they can be a long as you would like.  There are several ways to add a course description:

  • Type directly in the text editor (labeled 1 in the image above). See more information here: Text Editor.
  • If you already have the description in Microsoft Word, select the text in Word, then, in the Text Editor, click the "Paste from Word" button (2) to paste and retain formatting.
  • If you want to reuse a course description form a previous semester, click the link to the My Courses page (4). This will open a new tab or window in your browser that shows all your previous courses imported from the old site:

    • If you don't care about retaining formatting for the course description, click the title of the course, select the text on the Course page that appears, type Command + C(Mac) or Control + C(Windows).  Return to the tab or window with the new course, and paste it into your text editor with the Text Editor paste button or Command + P(Mac) or Control + P(Windows). 
    • If you want to keep the formatting, click the "edit" link.  This brings you to the course editing interface.  Click "Switch to plain text editor" (3) to see the HTML.  Select all contents of the Course Description field and either go to the top of your screen, choose Edit > Copy or type Command ⌘ + C (on Mac) or ctrl + C (on Windows).  
    • Return to the window with the new course and, click "Switch to plain text editor" (3) to see the HTML view for this course as well.  Now you can paste with Edit > Paste or Command ⌘ + V (on Mac) or Control + V (on Windows) and paste it into your text editor. 


To upload a syllabus, click "Browse"(5) and select the PDF from your computer. Then click "Upload" (5).

Administrative Details

  • To add an Instructor, begin typing the name into search box and choose the appropriate person from the list.
    • To add another Instructor, first click Add another item and then enter the next name in the new search field that appears.
  • Select the appropriate option in the Semester field.
  • In the Instance section, enter the Course Number and Course Unique provided by the Course Scheduler.
    • To add another Course Number/Unique, first click Add another item and then enter the next set of details in the new fields that appear.

Additional Documents

To add additional documents, click on the "Documents" vertical tab.

Adding Highlighted Content

  • Highlighted Content
    • To add Highlighted Content (existing Work, Event, Headline, or Publication) to the page, begin typing any part of the title of the piece of content, then click the name from the list that appears.
      The blue circle in the corner of the field indicates the system is still searching; this may take a few moments.
    • Once you select the piece of content from the list, confirm that a number appears after their name. Without this number, the content will not be linked properly.
      Click 'Add another item' to add additional Highlighted Content to the page and click the four-way arrow to the left of an item and drag it to the desired position to reorganize
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