Working with MultiSection Courses
The purpose of this document is to facilitate a conversation about organizing multisection courses in Canvas. To discuss the considerations specific to your course, please contact either LSA Instructional Support Services (ISS) at lsa-iss-LTC@umich.edu or the LSA Language Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Key Question: Separate or Combined?
By default, an independent Canvas site is created for each section of a course. Instructors can choose to combine all the section sites into one Canvas site, leave the section sites separate, or some combination of the two. Considering these questions can help you in your decision:
- How much coordination is needed across the sections?
- How much autonomy do individuals teaching the sections need?
- Is there substantial common content or assignments across sections? Which, if any, elements of your course are section-specific?
- How do students enroll for the course?
Canvas allows for many designs and structures. If you read through this document and have questions or want to do something more customized, please contact LSA Instructional Support Services (ISS) at lsa-iss-LTC@umich.edu or the LSA Language Resource Center at email@example.com.
The information below offers three potential models you could use to organize your course. Use the chart below to determine which of the models could work well for your course and then review the model details to learn more.
All sections combined into one Canvas site
Main lecture site in addition to separate discussion/lab sites
Each section has a separate Canvas site
|Course is coordinated, with one person designing the curriculum||Yes||Yes||May have common learning goals or elements but little or no coordination across Canvas sites|
|Most content is the same across all sections||Yes||Yes||No|
|A single site for student learning resources and materials||Yes||Two sites for both students and instructors||Yes|
|Grades managed in a single Canvas Gradebook||Yes||Depends on your course design||No|
|Primary instructors communicate to all sections||Through Canvas Announcements||Through Canvas Announcements in the primary site||Through Canvas Announcements|
|GSI/Lecturers’ customized communication to specific sections||Through Canvas Inbox or MCommunity Email groups||Through Canvas Announcements in section sites||Through Canvas Announcements|
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