Cross-listing Video Tutorials

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Cross-listing is a way of porting Sections of students in one Canvas class into another while keeping their Sectioning in-tact. Cross-listing is helpful for teachers with multiple classes of the same subject because instead of copying or importing content multiple times every time content is created in one course, the teacher creates it once in a class containing multiple cross-listed sections. If that's a little confusing, I completely understand. I struggled with this too, until I could play around and see it first-hand. Hopefully, this document helps you see this first-hand without having to play too much around with this concept yourself.

This coming school year our school district is using the PowerSchool integration, and many of our teachers, especially elementary specialist itinerants, will be getting many auto-created Canvas classes that match their PowerTeacher Sections.

  • THINK: an elementary art teacher traveling between two to three elementary buildings with 2-3 sections per grade level per building.
  • THINK: a freshman center Biology teacher teaching 6 periods of College Prep Biology.

This can add up to a LOT of importing and exporting content between the identical classes. As I turned to cross listing I initially had difficulty understanding the idea and terminology used and seeing how the application of this tool could help our teachers. Eventually, after looking around and trying it a few times myself in our test server, I thought it would be helpful for our teachers (who don't have access to our test server) to see it in action in our institution's Canvas environment. To me it just made sense to share it with others here in our Community who might find it helpful to see additional example of cross-listing to help them as well.

Below are screencasts I created to share the cross-listing process. The screencasts can get a little wordy because I wanted to share details of each step. For example, instead of saying something like, "Do this for the remaining two classes," I actually record the repeated steps so the viewer can see them again, and perhaps start to anticipate the moves I make before I make them by the last repetition -- at least, that is the intention.

The series of videos below uses the following scenario:

  • a music teacher's Canvas classes created automatically by the PowerSchool integration
  • 4 PowerSchool Sections of General Music = 4 auto-created Canvas classes of General Music
  • 3 class Sections, one from their respective, auto-created Canvas class, are cross-listed into 1 auto-created Canvas class.

The videos certainly won't win me any Oscars, but for our program they will do the trick. Drop a comment to let me know if they helped you out!

Bonus Question: Can you identify the students' name relationships in each of the demo class Sections while you watch?

After you watch, check your answer by highlighting between the arrows below the table.

Canvas Cross-Listing 1 of 4: Renaming Sections

Editing the Section names in your Canvas classes will help you differentiate one from another when they are all in the same Canvas class together.

Canvas Cross-Listing 2 of 4: Cross-Listing Sections

Although you can search for a course in the cross listing process I used the course number to cross-list in this tutorial.

Canvas Cross-Listing 3 of 4: Modify a Canvas Class Name

Help avoid potential student and observer role confusion for the Sections of users who now share the same class space by changing the name of the class and removing any period-of-the-day numbering from its original creation.

Canvas Cross-Listing 4 of 4: De-Cross-Listing Sections

There might come a time during the school year when cross-listing, after giving it a fair try, just isn't right for your teaching needs. If this happens, never fear. Just de-cross-list your Sections back into their original Canvas classes.

Did you catch the students' names? Check how you did by highlighting the space between the arrows with your mouse.

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