Cross-listing is when you put two sections of students into a single Canvas course. Sections are what normally define the roster of students for any given class. If you teach the same content to multiple sections (for example: HUM-101-MM01, HUM-101-MM02, HUM-101-MM03) then you might want to cross-list those sections into one Canvas course that hosts all of the sections.
The process for cross-listing is fairly easy but, remember it should be done early in the year if possible. Preferably before the first assignments are turned in.
First, choose which course will "host" the other sections. If you already have content in one of the courses, choose that one. If you do not, the choice does not really matter. The only thing to think about is that whatever course you choose will be the one that shows on all of the students' dashboards (regardless of what section they are actually assigned).
Second, follow the instructions in this video to cross-list your courses. If you have questions at any time, reach out to the CTL.
While adding the announcement, you will notice that the "Post to" field is set for "All Sections". If you want to target just a single section click the X on the All Sections selection and then you can search the sections in your course to target either by typing the name of the section or clicking the down arrow on the right side of the box.
While adding the assignment (or editing it), look at the Assign box at the bottom of the page. By default a new assignment is assigned to "Everyone" but you can change this to match a single section in the same way that you can change it to match a single student. Click into the Assign To box and you should see your section appear at the top of the list. Select the section that you want to target and then fill out the Due, Available from, and Until sections with the timeline associated with that section.
If you want another section to have that same assignment but want any of that timeline to be different, click the + Add button at the bottom of the box and select another section to associate with the custom timeline.
Discussions are a little more difficult in cross-listed courses. By default discussions take place at the course level and including "Everyone" as we did in assignments will put all sections into the same discussion board (even if they have different timelines).
However, if you do not want all of the sections to participate in one discussion board, then you have two options.
The drawbacks of number 1 are that you are creating multiple assignments that will clog up your grade book. By identifying the different sections (as we mentioned in Assignments), the students will not be penalized for not participating in a discussion for a different section (they won't even see the other sections on their grades), but it will still show up in the Instructor's view of the grade book.
The drawbacks of number 2 are that it takes a little longer to set up the first time but it only has to be set up once for the entire semester.
For more detailed descriptions of these options, see the document here. If you have any questions reach out to CTL.
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