In Canvas, instructors cross-list / combine sections together so that students from multiple sections use the same content and can interact with each other.
Note: Cross-listing was done automatically in RamCT; in Canvas instructors cross-list sections manually.
Why cross-list sections?
- Add materials and content once into a parent course, and students from All sections can use it.
- In the gradebook, instructors can easily see either All students, or one section at a time.
- Assignments can be set up with different due dates, by section.
- Instructors can set privileges so TAs can grade only their sections.
- All students can interact. (Or instructors can set privileges so students only see others in their section.)
Important Best Practices
- DO Cross-List sections before adding content to the Parent course.
- Content in the Child sections will not be visible after cross-listing.
- DO Cross-list sections before classes start.
- If students have activity in a section (grades, discussions, assignments, quizzes) and you move a section under a parent section, you will NOT be able to see the students’ previous activity.
- DO Cross-list sections that are taught at the same time, in the same place.
- Examples: Honors or KEY community section taught with a regular section.
- DO Cross-list summer 401/801 sections.
- They are taught together as one course and should be cross-listed.
- Do NOT Cross-list a Migrated course with any other course.
- These courses begin with “MIG” and were temporary courses for moving materials from RamCT to Canvas.