Cross-Listing is the equivalent terminology to merging in Blackboard.
In Blackboard, it was required that instructors enter an IT Support ticket to request that their courses be merged. This is no longer the case; instructors can now perform this task on their own and must simply choose one of their pre-existing sections to become the parent section.
Things to know before cross-listing:
For important reasons of student privacy and consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the university does not permit students to see the information of students enrolled in other sections through the roster function.
To remain FERPA compliant faculty should do the following:
Cross-Listing is the equivalent terminology to merging in Blackboard. It allows you to move section enrollments from individual courses and combine them into one course. This feature is helpful for instructors who teach several sections of the same course (or different courses that need to be merged together, i.e. HIST course merged with an AFAM course) and only want to manage course data in one location. Instructors can allow students to view users in other sections or limit them to only view users in the same section. Section names do not change when they are cross-listed; the section is just moved to another course.
To cross-list a course, you must know the name of the course or the course ID into which you are cross-listing. However, using a course ID is a better way to confirm you are cross-listing a section into the correct course. You can find the course ID by opening the course and viewing the number at the end of the browser URL (e.g. account.instructure.com/courses/XXXXXX).
Sections can only be in one course at a time. Once a section is cross-listed, you can re-cross-list the section into another course if necessary.
Note: Before you can cross-list a section, the course must contain at least one enrollment.
In Blackboard, it was required that instructors enter an IT Support ticket to request that their courses be merged. This is no longer the case; instructors can now perform this task on their own. See the Cross-List tab for instructions on how to cross-list/merge your courses.
In Blackboard, it was required that instructors enter an IT Support ticket to request that their courses be merged. This is no longer the case; instructors can now perform this task on their own.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Cross-listing should be done while courses are unpublished. DO NOT cross-list after you have published your course and students have accessed it. Course work is retained within the course, not within the sections, so if a published course is cross-listed after publishing, all cross-listed enrollments will lose any associated assignment submissions and grades.
1. Starting with the source course (the course you are cross-listing FROM,) go to course Settings.
2. Click the Sections tab.
3. Click the title of the section you want to cross-list (FROM).
4. On the right-hand side, click the Cross-List this Section button.
5. In the Search for Course field , enter the name/title of the destination course (the course you are cross-listing INTO.) Or in the Course ID field , enter the ID number for the course [you are cross-listing INTO.]
NOTE: The ID number is found by going back to that destination course you are cross-listing INTO and getting the last number digits after the last slash of the URL (i.e https://virginiacommonwealth.instructure.com/courses/416)
6. Confirm you have selected the correct course . Click the Cross-List This Section button .
7. The cross-listed section now appears in the new course. The breadcrumbs show the new course code.
*De-Cross-Listing can only be done by a VCU Canvas Admin but here is what you need to know before making this request...
If you cross-listed a section from a course, you may be able to cross-list the same section back into the original course. This process is called de-cross-listing and returns all student enrollments back to the original course section.
However, once you de-cross-list enrollments, all grades and student submissions (i.e. Discussion Board posts and replies, Assignment Submissions, etc.) are removed from the course (since the course can no longer associate the information with any course enrollments).
If you need to retain student grades and put them in the original course, you should export the Gradebook and import it into the original course before de-cross-listing the section.
Note: If you de-cross-list a section that includes student grades, Canvas will include a message that all grades will no longer be visible. If you need to retain student grades and put them in the original course, you should export the Gradebook and import it into the original course before de-cross-listing the section.