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Can I implement site-wide groups aka "cohorts" or many-to-many cross-listings?

Question asked by Mike Algozzine on Oct 20, 2016
Latest reply on Oct 28, 2016 by Mike Algozzine

One of our colleges was using cross-listed courses in our previous LMS for their RPT process. They created courses for various RPT committees and then cross-listed those courses with additional courses created for each faculty member. Since our previous LMS left the original courses intact rather than merging them into the cross-listed course, they could create many-to-many relationships between the courses without having to duplicate the enrollments manually. For example:

 

Course 1: RPT Committee 1

Enrollments:

  • All members of RPT Committee 1

 

Course 2: RPT Committee 2

Enrollments:

  • All members of RPT Committee 2

 

Course 3: Faculty Member 1 - Cross-Listing of Course 1 and Course 2

Enrollments:

  • Faculty member 1
  • All members of RPT Committee 1 (via cross-listing)
  • All members of RPT Committee 2 (via cross-listing)

 

Course 4: Faculty Member 2 - Cross-Listing of Course 1 and Course 2

  • Faculty member 2
  • All members of RPT Committee 1 (via cross-listing)
  • All members of RPT Committee 2 (via cross-listing)

 

This would be difficult to replicate in Canvas since the cross-listed sections are moved from their original course to the cross-listed course. For example, once Course 1 is cross-listed with Course 3, it could no longer be cross-listed with Course 4. To cross-list a course multiple times, we would have to duplicate the sections and the enrollments they contain.

 

Is there another way to accomplish this? Side-wide groups aka "cohorts" were another option in our previous LMS, but we chose not to implement them. Is there something similar in Canvas?

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