Combined Sections of a Course

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As course registration information is pulled from Banner, Canvas automatically combines multiple sections of one course taught by the same instructor into one course shell. This can be convenient as instructors only have to build and maintain one course in Canvas, as opposed to having to copy information from one section into the other. However, some instructors may choose to have these sections manually split into separate courses in order to keep them distinct from one another. This page outlines things to keep in mind for combined sections as well as instructions on how to request a course to be split.

Keeping Sections Separate Within a Course

Due Dates

Canvas allows you to attach multiple due dates and availability windows to each assignment or graded discussion. This allows you to have assignments due on relevant dates for each section.

Student Interaction

You can prevent students from seeing users from other sections in places where students interact with one another, such as discussions, by:

  1. Go to the "People" tab of your course.
  2. Click on the setting icon to the right of a student's name and select "User Details."
    User Detail Options
  3. On the User Details page, select the "Limit this user to only see fellow section users" privilege. You many have to select the "more user details" option to view privileges.
    User Privileges screen
  4. Repeat this process for all users in your course.

Splitting Sections into Separate Courses

If you need your sections to be split into two separate courses, contact ETM at (206) 281-2170 or with the following information:

  • the name of the course
  • the quarter the course is being taught
  • the sections that need to be separated out (if not all)
  • if any content has been created in the combined course, which, if any, of the separated sections should get that content.