George Hatsidimitris

Groups and Sections and their interplay

Discussion created by George Hatsidimitris on May 25, 2017
Latest reply on May 26, 2017 by Stefanie Sanders

Hi All,


I am trying to get my head around difficult concepts (albeit only for the novice) in Canvas LMS with a view to putting together some visualisations for the clarification of concepts etc. 


I understand that groups are assembled primarily by the educator (although I believe students can assemble study groups as well?) for the purposes of sorting and limiting numbers of students with regards to quizzes, discussions and other collaborative and/or assessment tasks. 


Sections on the other hand seem to be the final step down from Accounts/Sub-accounts/Courses so that students can be organised into administrative groups. This might be done, I believe, for purposes that relate to the fact that some students might have different dates for assessments and tutorials (for example) to that of another section. In other words if you had 600 students all seeing the same content then you might want to break them into three sections of 200 so that perhaps they could be facilitated by three different tutors, all of whom would have their own submission and marking dates etc. (Correct me if I am wrong). 


If this is one scenario, what are other? How do you conceptualise the difference between sections and groups and can you see how this might be represented visually? Also if you have read this far, can you point me to other aspects of Canvas that might cause confusion due to their complexity or perhaps just the manner in which they are organised and presented? 


Many thanks from a beginner,