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Canvas - Crosslisting a course

Crosslist multiple sections of a Canvas course to manage one primary instructional course space. This process may be useful to instructors who teach multiple course sections of the same course who want to combine enrollments into one Canvas course. It is important to consider FERPA guidelines when you are crosslisting. Be sure you follow the FERPA Guidelines for Canvas crosslisted courses.

Things to note:

  • Instructor must be a teacher in all sections you wish to cross-list
  • Must choose one of the courses to be the "Primary" course into which all other sections will be cross-listed
  • Typically, the lowest section number will be the "Primary" course
  • After cross-listing is complete, teachers and students will only see the "Primary" course site on their Canvas dashboard
  • If you do not want to cross-list the course yourself, you can submit a request to the Canvas admin and request that they cross-list your courses.

Before you Cross-list

  • Cross-listing should take place before you copy your Master course to the instructional course. It should also take place before the course site is published and before any grades are entered in Canvas.
  • Determine which course section will be your "Primary" course and which section(s) will be the "Secondary" course(s) cross-listed to the "Primary" course.
  • Write down the course codes and identifying section numbers so that you can accurately identify Primary and Secondary courses.
Cross-listing and FERPA
  • There are FERPA rules that must be considered when you make it possible for students to see students who are in a section other than the course section they are enrolled in.
  • There are ways to mitigate this risk when you are cross-listing courses and determining the navigation menus in your Canvas course.


It is essential that faculty and instructors consider the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations that state that students may not
have access to student information of course sections that they are not enrolled in. 

Complying with this FERPA regulation requires the following actions when you cross-list your course sections to restrict students’ ability to view and interact with another course section:
  1. Remove PEOPLE, CHAT, CONFERENCES and COLLABORATIONS from the student navigation bar for your course.
  2. Disable student comments on ANNOUNCEMENTS.
  3. When sending a INBOX MESSAGE to your class through Canvas, select each section separately when sending out each message.
  5. When creating GROUPS, you must require that group members be in the same section.
  6. When creating DISCUSSIONS, differentiated discussions must be created for each section.

It is possible to have a course de-crosslisted if a mistake is made, contact the UW-Platteville Canvas admin to make the request.


Start in the SECONDARY course that you want to Cross-list to the PRIMARY course

  1. Click on the Settings button at the bottom of the course menu
  2. Click on the Sections tab at the top of the page
  3. Under the Course Sections list, click on the course name displayed
  4. Click the button that says Cross-list this Section 
  5. In the pop-up window, enter the Primary Course ID into the Search for Course field.
  6. Confirm that the selected course is correct.
  7. Click Cross-List This Section
You will be re-routed to the "Primary" course where you can confirm that the section enrollments have been cross-listed.

Repeat these steps for each secondary course that you want to cross-list with your primary course.

If you have questions, please contact the TTC at 608.342.1798 or

Keywords:Canvas crosslist consolidation sections merging merge course   Doc ID:88887
Owner:Regina N.Group:UW Platteville
Created:2019-01-08 10:42 CDTUpdated:2020-01-30 15:29 CDT
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