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Merge or Combine Course Sections

This page outlines one way to merge the user enrollments from multiple classes into one course site if you have the same course materials for multiple course sections. This can be very helpful if you teach cross-listed classes or multiple sections of the same class but only want to manage materials for one class site. You must be the primary instructor of the course to merge courses (teaching assistants or secondary professors cannot combine sections).

There are essentially three steps:

  • Add the "Section Info" tool if you want to easily filter and organize your students by each section.
  • Add the additional class roster(s).
  • Assign students to each section within the Section Info tool.

Instructions:

  1. Click the tab for the course or project site.
  2. Add the "Section Info" tool to your site. This tool can help you manage the enrollments of multiple sections within one site by offering filter features in tools like Gradebook or Assignments.
    1. Click Site Info in the left menu.
    2. Click Edit Tools on the next page.
    3. Select the "Section Info" checkbox in the list if it is deselected.
    4. Click "Continue."
    5. Review the change and click Finish.
  3. Click the "Section Info" tool in the left menu.
    1. Click Add Sections on the next page.
    2. Select the number of sections (e.g. "2") and choose the category (e.g. "Lecture").
    3. If you want to add details, you may, but it's not necessary.
    4. Click Add Sections.
    5. Now, click Assign Students for the first section (the current class site).
    6. Select all of the currently enrolled students and move them into this section. NOTE: This assumes you have not added the other rosters.
    7. Click Assign Students when finished.
  4. Click Site Info in the left menu.
  5. Click Edit Class Roster(s).

    Edit Class Roster(s)
  6. Click Add Roster(s).

    Add Roster
  7. Confirm the academic term (e.g. F14, Sp15, etc.).
  8. Review the list of courses in which you are enrolled as an active instructor.
  9. Locate the section you wish to add and click the "select anyway?" link. Once clicked, the checkbox at the far left will be selected.  (Ignore the checkbox at the right for "Official Description.")

    Select Anyway
  10. In Authorizer's username enter your Pepperdine NetworkID (e.g. jsmith). This is just a formality; your roster will immediately be added.
  11. Complete the on-screen instructions.
  12. Return to Section Info.
  13. Assign the new set of students into your other section in the Section Info tool.
  14. If you need to combine more sections in to the same class, return to Step 5 and repeat.
  15. Be sure to publish the course site with the combined enrollments. Do not publish the other course sections. We recommend on the Home tool that you modify the Site Information Display to explain that the site will serve all of the sections. Also, you may "hide" the other, unused course sections by using the "Edit Tabs" feature in the tab bar to clean up your active sites.

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