Managing Canvas Courses
How do I combine (cross-list) courses?
This process may be helpful for instructors who teach multiple sections of a given course and want to combine all sections into a single course in Canvas. It is also possible for instructors to combine course sections that do not share the same course name and IDs.
To receive assistance with cross-listing your courses please contact Canvas Support.
- Cross-listing courses should only take place before course sites are published and before any grades are entered in Canvas.
- If your course already contains student submissions, activity, and grade data do not cross-list it otherwise that student data will be lost.
- Instructors and students will only see the “Parent” course site on their Canvas Dashboard.
- Students who register for your “Child” course sections will automatically appear in the “Parent” course site in Canvas.
Available to official instructors (teachers) in Canvas only. Sign up to have multiple sections of a given course automatically combined (cross-listed) into a single course site each semester.
Instructors (teachers), unofficial teachers, designers, and faculty assistants in Canvas can manually combine (cross-list) any courses where they are enrolled. Manual Course Combination can be particularly handy if you need to combine course sites that do not share the same course name/ID.
Course Combination FAQs
Yes, after the cross-listing is complete instructors can use the Course Combination Management tool and change the course code of any “Parent” course. This is only a visual change in Canvas for those enrolled in the course, and does not affect other academic or registration systems at Georgetown. For example, the “Parent” course (with code MGMT-201-01) that contains the “Child” course (with code MGMT-201-02) can be changed to simply read MGMT-201 or MGMT-201-[01,02] in Canvas.
- Access the Course Combination Management tool, and click on “Canvas Cross-Listed Course Status.”
- On the next page, enter your NetID.
- On the next page, select the term for which you would like to edit the Parent site’s course code.
- Once the term is selected, you will see your courses for that term. Click on the “Edit” button and make the desired edit as in the screenshot below.
Warning: Once the “Child” section has been de-cross-listed, all grades, student submissions and activity associated with the enrollments in the “Child” section are removed from the “Parent” section.
If you need to retain student grades associated with the “Child” section you should first export the “Parent” section of the Gradebook before de-cross-listing the child section. Once de-cross-listing is complete, you can then import the Gradebook into the new standalone version of the course section.
Automated Course Combination Service
This service is available to instructors (teachers) in Canvas only.
By enrolling in the Automated Course Combination Service, the multiple sections of a given course for which you are an instructor will be automatically combined (cross-listed) into a single course site each semester.
Once you enroll in the service, ALL of your Canvas courses with multiple sections will be cross-listed automatically EACH semester.
For example, if you are teaching three sections (01, 02, 03) of HIST-101 and you have enrolled in the Automated Course Combination Service, the “Child” sections 02 and 03 in Canvas will be automatically combined into the “Parent” section 01. The lowest course section number (e.g. HIST-101-01) will always serve as the “Parent” course.
- Automated cross-listing in Canvas will typically take place within three hours after you first enroll.
- After cross-listing, instructors can change the Canvas course code of any “Parent” course. This can help resolve confusion when students register for a “Child” section but only see the “Parent” course appear in Canvas, for example. This is only a visual change in Canvas for those enrolled in the course, and does not affect other academic or registration systems at Georgetown.
Manual Course Combination
Instructors (teachers), unofficial teachers, designers, and faculty assistants in Canvas can manually combine (cross-list) any courses where they are enrolled. Manual Course Combination can be particularly handy if you need to combine course sites that do not share the same course ID, or if you are not enrolled in the Automated Course Combination Service.
To begin the Manual Course Combination process, decide which one of your Canvas course sites will serve as the “Parent” course. The “Parent” course will contain enrollments from any cross-listed or “Child” course sites. Typically, the lowest course section number (e.g. HIST-101-01) should serve as the “Parent” course.
Note: After cross-listing, instructors can change the Canvas course code of any “Parent” course. This can help resolve confusion when students register for a “Child” section but only see the “Parent” course appear in Canvas, for example. This is only a visual change in Canvas for those enrolled in the course, and does not affect other academic or registration systems at Georgetown.
In this example, we will manually cross-list HIST-101-01.Fall2017 (PARENT) with PSYC-101-01.Fall2017 (CHILD).
Start in the CHILD course.
- Click on the Settings button located at the bottom of the course menu.
- Click on the Sections tab at the top of the page.
- Under Course Sections, click on the CHILD course name or ID displayed.
- Locate the Cross-List this Section button and click it (the button could be located at the top right or bottom of the page depending on your browser settings).
- On the pop-up window, enter the “Parent” Course ID (e.g. HIST-101-01.Fall2017) into the Search for Course field.
- Confirm the selected course is correct.
- Click Cross-List This Section.
You will automatically be redirected to the “Parent” course where the enrollments have been (combined) cross-listed.
How do I copy content from one course site to another?
You can bulk copy course content such as files, assignments, quizzes, modules, pages, discussions, and more from one Canvas course site to another. During the bulk copy process you can choose to select specific content or all content to copy from one course to another.
Note: The Canvas course copy (import) process starts in the “destination” course site and NOT in the “source” site.
After Copying Course Content
- Review any assignment or quiz due dates to ensure the correct dates are set for the new term.
- Check to make sure the course “End Date” has been set correctly. Go to the “Settings” page of the destination course site and remove or adjust the course end date as necessary.
- Check any third-party tool content. Some tools will require further action in order to work correctly– see below for more details.
Copying Third-Party Tools
It is imperative that the following actions are taken AFTER the course copy process is complete in order to ensure correct functionality and availability of any integrated tools (also called LTI, external, or third-party tools and apps).
- Panopto: Perform a “Panopto course copy” to properly copy the media into the new course. This process will ensure any existing viewer analytics, discussions and notes that were created within the Panopto playback window are NOT copied to the new course; and any embedded Panopto recordings within Canvas Pages, Assignments, Quizzes, Announcements, and Modules will automatically update the permissions.
- Respondus Lockdown Browser: The instructor will need to click on the Respondus Lockdown Browser button on the course menu to reestablish the connection before Respondus will work properly in the course. Check out the GU Respondus Lockdown Browser support page for more information about Respondus LockDown Browser in Canvas.
- ShareStream: Copying Canvas content from one site to another does NOT copy or move ShareStream content. In order to copy ShareStream content, the instructor will need to add ShareStream MediaManager or ShareStream Pick-n-Play to the course menu. Once added, follow the instructions on the page to copy content from your source site to your destination site.
- Turnitin (External Tool): When copying Turnitin assignments that use the “Turnitin External Tool” version of Turnitin, the instructor will need to click on each Turnitin assignment to reestablish the connection. During this process we recommend you take the time to update the due dates associated with the assignment. It is not enough to use Canvas’s built-in “adjust dates” tool as the “Turnitin External Tool” assignment dates will not be adjusted by this process.
- VoiceThread: The instructor will need to click on each VoiceThread activity to reestablish the connection. You will be presented with a few options on how to setup the newly established VoiceThread activity. Check out the GU VoiceThread support page for more information about the available VoiceThread activities available in Canvas.
How do I export a course?
You might want to export a Canvas course for many reasons. For example, you can export your Canvas course to create a course backup on your local computer, give to someone in another Canvas account, import to another institution’s Canvas account at a later date, or import into a different Learning Management System altogether.
Canvas course exports are packaged as IMSCC ZIP files, which can only be opened by programs that support Common Cartridge files. Once downloaded, you can also change the extension from .imscc to .zip and treat it as any other ZIP file.
- Canvas course exports do not include backups of student activity, interactions and grades. The Gradebook can be exported separately as a comma separated values (CSV) file.
- Canvas course exports do not include any third-party integrated tool configurations (nor student activity, interactions and grades).
- Canvas does not support course export files over 50 GB. Courses over 50 GB in size will not export and will display an error message when you attempt to export.
- Learn how to import a Canvas course export (IMSCC file) into your Canvas course.