What happens when a synopsis is too terse, too cluttered, or short of a critical detail? What’s seen cannot be unseen, so scribbles should not be outed until they’re rubbed and buffed to a sheen – i.e., saved as draft to be finished and sent at a later time once reviewed and perfected. 🔏 And if you still must edit after publishing, updates would benefit from the protection of a timestamped change history to ensure data integrity.

Thus, it’s now possible to save synopsis as drafts and automatically save changes as new versions to control when content is ready to go public and obtain a chronological audit trail. 🤓

What's a synopsis?

So, first things first: a synopsis is a written and descriptive digest of the major points of a session (a.k.a. a lesson). Expectedly, the content is written by staff/lecturers and shared to students. Within the synopsis, one may include a rundown of what was done and discussed in class, pivotal takeaways, suggested or compulsory readings for the next session, guidelines for a specific assignment, and more. Synopsis can also be made available before a session so that students know what to expect in advance and come prepared with relevant questions and talking points. ✍️

Having a synopsis helps students remind, review and reflect on what they learned, distinguish between essential and supplementary information and orientate their studies, while also serving as reliable evidence of the lecturer's work.

How do I publish or save a synopsis as draft?

When you go into Academics > Calendar and enter a particular programme and class, the course content is to be found in the Syllabus of the respective unit. However, a hindrance is that previously it was only possible to SAVE and content had to be published immediately. 😖 A delightful improvement is that now you can save a draft to give it a few more reads, make amends and post later. 😃

To do so:

     1) Click Academics on the sidebar and then Calendar
     2) Find a class and click the relevant term bar to enter
     3) Access one of the units and go to Syllabus
     4) Scroll to a session, press ADD SYNOPSIS and write something
     5) When you’re done for the moment, SAVE DRAFT

Alternatively, click CANCEL to abort and exit the compositor but retain text that was previously saved, Discard Draft to reset, and PUBLISH to make the synopsis available.

You can always return to an unpublished draft by clicking EDIT DRAFT.

How do I access the change history and why is this useful?

Suppose a student flunks a graded assignment and blames the school for not providing enough information to successfully complete it. How can you confirm that the student had the correct information in time to do the assignment? Why, you need an audit trail! 👍

Therefore at present, for every time you submit modifications to a published synopsis, the changes will be saved as new versions and stored up, like V.01, V.02, V.03 and so forth. Students only get to see the latest iteration, but staff will be able to view all of the previous versions stacked vertically from oldest to newest to check edits, ascertain author or date of a particular change and locate lost content.

If you want to create a new version:

     a) Access the Syllabus
     b) Under a session press CREATE NEW VERSION, apply changes and PUBLISH

But if you want to refer back to a previous version:

     a) Click inside the dropdown menu Version to display the full list
     b) Select a version to open

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PUBLISHED: November 29, 2018
LAST UPDATED: December 10, 2018 at 5:58 p.m.

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