Crosslisted and combined courses in Canvas

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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.

Examples

  • Advanced Technology is taught as an undergraduate version, TST_401_001_U2019, and a graduate version, TST_501_001_U2019. They are crosslisted in Banner. The resulting crosslisted Canvas course site will be TST_401_X001_U2019 (the "X" site) and combines the enrollments from TST_401_001_U2019 and TST_501_001_U2019.
  • Emerging Technologies is listed under both the TST and UIT course designators as TST_351_001_F2021 and UIT_351_001_F2021, respectively. They are taught at the same time and same place, therefore they can be crosslisted in Banner. Once the courses are crosslisted in Banner, the resulting crosslisted Canvas course site will be TST_351_X001_F2021 (the "X" site). The crosslisted Canvas course will combine the enrollments from TST_351_001_F2021 and UIT_351_001_F2021.

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.

Here are a few examples of how combined courses are generated and named:

Example 1 - Single Individual Instructor, Multiple Sections

Instructor Drew is teaching the following sections of TST_101. Since Drew is the only instructor listed in Banner for the following three sections of TST_101, a combined course site will be automatically generated in Canvas.

  • TST_101_001_W2020​​​​​​
  • TST_101_002_W2020
  • TST_101_010_W2020  >> combined course site is TST_101_C001_W2020 (the "C" site); combines enrollments from sections 001, 002, and 010

Drew can now choose to use the three individual sites (one for each section) OR use the one combined site in Canvas to manage the online content. Learn more about section functionality in combined course sites.

Example 2 - Multiple Individual Instructors, Multiple Sections

Instructor Suvi is teaching the lecture sections of TST_201, and instructor Peter is teaching the lab sections. Each is listed as the sole instructor in Banner for their respective sections as outlined below. In this example, two combined course sites will be generated: one for the lectures since the lecture sections have an identical instructor pool (Suvi); and one for the labs since the lab sections have identical instructor pools (Peter).

  • TST_201_001_F2020  Suvi   
  • TST_201_002_F2020  Suvi  >> combined course site is TST_201_C001_F2020; combines enrollments from sections 001 and 002
  • TST_201_010_F2020  Peter
  • TST_201_020_F2020  Peter
  • TST_201_030_F2020  Peter  >> combined course site is TST_201_C010_F2020; combines enrollments from sections 010, 020, and 030

Suvi can now choose to use both of the lecture sites OR use the combined site for lectures. Peter can also choose to use the three lab sites OR use the combined site for labs. Learn more about section functionality in combined course sites.

Example 3 - Groups of Instructors, Multiple Sections

Instructors Hannah and Xander are each teaching a couple sections of lecture for TST_301, and they have a group of GTAs helping with the lab sections. Even though they are not co-teaching, they thought it would be good to list each as a co-instructor in Banner so that they could have access to each other's Canvas course sites. They also decided to add the GTAs to Banner. In this example, three combined course sites will be generated: one for the lectures with the identical instructor pool of Hannah and Xander; one for the two lab sections with the identical instructor pools of Hannah, Xander and GTA1; and one for the two lab sections with the identical instructor pools of Hannah, Xander and GTA3.

  • TST_301_001_S2021  Hannah and Xander
  • TST_301_002_S2021  Hannah and Xander
  • TST_301_003_S2021  Xander and Hannah
  • TST_301_004_S2021  Xander and Hannah  >> combined course site is TST_301_C001_S2021; combines enrollments from sections 001, 002, 003, and 004
  • TST_301_010_S2021  Hannah, Xander, GTA1
  • TST_301_020_S2021  Hannah, Xander, GTA1  >> combined course site is TST_301_C010_S2021; combines enrollments from sections 010 and 020
  • TST_301_030_S2021  Hannah, Xander, GTA2     *** section 030 is not part of any combined course because its instructor pool is unique ***
  • TST_301_040_S2021  Hannah, Xander, GTA3
  • TST_301_050_S2021  Hannah, Xander, GTA3  >> combined course site is TST_301_C040_S2021; combines enrollments from sections 040 and 050

Hannah and Xander have a lot of Canvas course sites to choose from, but they would have preferred to have their own combined lecture sites (two sections in each) and one combined lab site with all five of the lab sections. As long as they do not need their GTAs to have eSETs, they could have done the following in Banner then added the other instructor and GTAs through the Add TA... tool in Canvas. If your situation is similar to this, but your GTAs need eSETs, please contact canvas@oregonstate.edu 

  • TST_301_001_S2021  Hannah
  • TST_301_002_S2021  Hannah  >> combined course site is TST_301_C001_S2021; combines enrollments from sections 001 and 002
  • TST_301_003_S2021  Xander
  • TST_301_004_S2021  Xander  >> combined course site is TST_301_C003_S2021; combines enrollments from sections 003 and 004
  • TST_301_010_S2021  Hannah and Xander
  • TST_301_020_S2021  Hannah and Xander
  • TST_301_030_S2021  Hannah and Xander
  • TST_301_040_S2021  Hannah and Xander
  • TST_301_050_S2021  Hannah and Xander  >> combined course site is TST_301_C010_S2021; combines enrollments from sections 010, 020, 030, 040, and 050

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 canvas@oregonstate.edu.

How can you tell which enrollments are included in a crosslisted or combined 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 or combined in the course.

If your combined or crosslisted courses are not what you think they should be, please contact canvas@oregonstate.edu. We are happy to explore the situation with you and provide explanations and recommendations.

Still have questions?

If you questions about this topic or related topics, please use one of the following methods to contact the Canvas team at Oregon State:

  • Add a comment/question to this article using the tools below the article
  • Send an email to Canvas@oregonstate.edu

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Article ID: 69424
Created
Mon 12/31/18 8:45 AM
Modified
Wed 1/30/19 12:11 PM