I teach four sections of the same course. Is it possible to set up multiple class sections under one course?
Hello, Sarah. Adding sections in 1 course is possible. However, this is often left to administrators of your school or district. If you have a technology help desk, ask them to cross list your sections.
I'm playing around with creating sections in a course. It's not particularly straight forward.
It's a test course, there are no real students in it.
I copied a pre-existing course then created 3 sections. I was the instructor in the "main" course then added 2 colleagues as a TA to each in sections 1 and 2. The Section 1 TA changed the banner for Section 1 so we could distinguish it from the main course, thinking that the sections were somehow "separate instances of the course." It seems that's not the case. I no longer see the main course home page banner.
So sections work at the user level only more or less? You enroll users (students and TAs) in each section with access to only to that section's user base? It seems like the course (i.e., its content and activities) is still shared/accessible to all students.
We have a course with 100 sections, several thousand students, so we're trying to understand the best approach.
I recommend creating a new instance of the course for each TA to manage, because the courses will display the same to everyone enrolled. The advantage to combining sections is that you can post announcements, send emails, assign work etc. to the entire set of sections, and even grade all your students as if they were in one class. It allows the reverse as well, when posting/assigning just select the individual section instead of "Everyone," and the gradebook can be filtered to just one section. I believe you can also set the settings to restrict students to only interacting with their own section in discussions, and I know you can have multiple sections participating in the same discussion.
I use combined sections, because we have multiple sections being taught as one course through a video connection. I would also find it useful if I were managing multiple sections, for which most of the course content (and most updates I might need to make) apply to all sections. However, where updates could vary (from TA to TA for example) I would recommend that, as the instructor with access to all sections, you begin the process, by copying the first course you set up to each section (or set of sections) managed by one TA.
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