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Sections vs groups.

On Canvas, what is the difference between groups and sections? I have one course with 7 sections, PK-5. I want to create an assignment for one section or grade. It looks like I have to first create an assignment group, even though my students are already in sections. Also, to create a group, I have to add students one by one by name. There seems to be no way to look them up by section.

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Hello Melissa, 

You most definitely should be able to assign to a section - in fact you cannot assign to groups, only make group assignments. Check out this guide: How do I assign an assignment to a course section?  

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Good morning, @MelissaHicks ...

To add to what @Jul_Cro has stated, here is a Guide that describes what Sections are in courses: How do I add a section to a course as an instructo... - Canvas Community.  There are also several written Guides that explain the details of Groups.  Hopefully this will be of some additional help to you.  Sing out if you have other questions...thanks!