Merged, crosslisted, and combined courses in Canvas

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Merged Courses

Faculty can use the Course Merge tool to merge Canvas courses that meet the following criteria:

  • Have the same subject code, course number, and term
  • Are not a Combined or Crosslisted Canvas course
  • Are not Ecampus courses
  • Are not published
  • Are not past-term courses

Crosslisted Course Sites ("X" sites)

When a course is listed under two different names, e.g. listed as both an undergraduate version and a graduate version OR listed under different designators, it is a crosslisted course. In other words, if the two versions of the course are taught at the same time and place, they should be crosslisted. In order for a course to be technically crosslisted, the crosslist designation must be set in Banner by the Registrar's Office. Once the courses are crosslisted in Banner, a crosslisted course site will appear in Canvas.

The crosslisted course will have the same Canvas course code as one of the original sections with the exception of the addition of an "X" to the front of the section number.

Learn more about section functionality in crosslisted course sites.

Combined Course Sites ("C" sites)

If you are teaching or co-teaching multiple sections of the same course, you will likely have a combined Canvas course(s) generated automatically based on the information listed in Banner. Only sections with identical instructor pools in Banner will be included in a given combined Canvas course.

The combined course will have the same Canvas course code as the lowest-numbered section being combined with the exception of the addition of a "C" to the front of the section number.

Learn more about section functionality in combined course sites.

Impact of altering Banner data on combined Canvas course

Changing Banner data, such as the combined example three above, has a significant impact on combined Canvas courses. Ultimately, Banner data should be set to accurately reflect instructor information for a course and determines who will be evaluated with eSETs. Adding a co-instructor or GTA to a course through Banner vs. Canvas isn't always clear, yet the choice can have a significant impact on the combined course(s) in Canvas. We highly recommend that you only change data in Banner prior to the start of the term. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at before making any changed to Banner.

How can you tell which enrollments are included in a crosslisted, combined, or merged Canvas course?

If you have a crosslisted or combined course in Canvas, you can view which course section enrollments are part of the crosslisted or combined course by using the Crosslisted? tool in Canvas:

  1. Navigate to the crosslisted or combined course in Canvas
  2. Click Crosslisted? in the course menu
    • If the Crosslisted? tool is not enabled, click Settings then open the Navigation tab. Locate the Crosslisted? tool in the bottom portion of the page and enable the tool. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save

The Crosslisted? tool will display which section enrollments are being crosslisted, combined, or merged in the course.

Still have questions?

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