Merging courses in Canvas (cross-listing)

Description

Merging courses in Canvas allows you to combine individual course sections (child courses) into one Canvas course (a parent course). Canvas refers to this process as "cross listing". Cross-listing does not affect course registration or how course sections appear in the University's Course Offerings but allows instructors to facilitate instruction for multiple sections in one space. 

Environment

Canvas Learning Management System (LMS)

Things to consider

  • Merging course sections
    • You will need to have at least 1 student enrolled in each section
    • You should merge the course sections before you publish your course for students
    • Students will only see the details of the parent course once courses are merged. To reduce confusion for students, we recommend changing the "Course Code" in Canvas to reflect only the subject and catalog number. (Ex: Math 1200) 
  • Separating course sections
    • If you choose to separate previously merged course you will lose any student work that has already been submitted  
      • Canvas will include a message that all grades will no longer be visible. If you need to retain student grades and put them in the original course, you should export the Gradebook and import it into the original course before de-cross-listing the section.

Solution 

  • Merging/Cross-listing courses
  • Separating/De-cross-listing courses

Merging/Cross-listing courses

Note: Child courses should be merged before they have been published and each child course should have at least one student enrolled. 

  1. Review How do I cross-list a section in a course as an instructor for step-by step instructions to merge course sections

or Watch the the Canvas Cross-Listing Overview video for a demonstration.  

  1. Change the course code in Canvas:
    1. Access the cross-listed (merged) parent course in Canvas
    2. In the white Course Navigation Menu, select Settings
    3. Next to Course Code, enter the the subject and catalog number without the section number. (Ex: Math 1200) 

Outcome: Your child courses sections should now be merged as a single parent course. 

Separating/De-cross-listing courses

Note: If you de-cross-list a section that includes student grades, Canvas will include a message that all grades will no longer be visible. If you need to retain student grades and put them in the original course, you should export the Gradebook and import it into the original course before de-cross-listing the section.

Outcome: Your child courses sections should now be separated from the merged parent course. 

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Article ID: 711
Created
Wed 12/6/23 12:06 AM
Modified
Wed 12/20/23 5:43 PM

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Canvas is an online Learning Management System designed to facilitate communication and the sharing of course content between instructors, teaching assistants, students, and guests.