A Canvas course shell is automatically generated for each official scheduled District section.
Instructors can request to have multiple course sections combined together into a single Canvas course, while still recognizing which students are enrolled in each section.
When sections are combined, the instructor can still view student enrollments for each section, filter the Gradebook to display only a specific section, differentiate due dates per section, and more.
An instructor teaches three sections of the same class on different days and times, but the content is basically the same for all sections. Rather than managing the same duplicated content in three Canvas courses, all students will access the content from a single Canvas course.
In this scenario, the instructor might benefit from combining the three course sections into a single Canvas course.
Primary Course Section: An official course section in Canvas, chosen by the instructor to contain content, and serve as the single course used by students in multiple sections.
Merged Course Section #1: A second official course section in Canvas, with student enrollments, merged into the Primary Course Section.
Merged Course Section #2: A third official course section in Canvas, with student enrollments, merged into the Primary Course Section.
Important notes about combining course sections in Canvas:
- Combining sections is only available by request (see link below) prior to the beginning of a term.
- Sections may not be combined once a course has begun (student access and activity has occurred).
- Choose a “Primary” section to hold content. One course section will contain the course content, and serve as the single course for students in any merged sections.
Pedagogical And Logistic Considerations
- Develop your content in a single Primary course. There is no need to add content in the course sections to be combined.
- If the combine sections meet on different days of the week, most course content (modules, pages, files) cannot be released separately per section. All areas of the course will be available to all students in all sections.
- Assignments can be configured with a different Due Date and Availability dates separately each section.
- Grades can be viewed separately for each section.
- Combining sections must occur before the first day of class.
- Any prior student work will become inaccessible once a section has been combined.
Coursework is retained with the section, not with the enrollment, so if a Published course is merged, enrollments in the section will lose any associated assignment submissions and grades. They will not visible in the Primary section.