Cross-List Canvas Courses (Course Combinations in Canvas)

Instructors at Illinois State University may wish to Cross-List (combine) two or more existing Canvas courses in order to deliver content to multiple courses or course sections within a single LMS course site. Sections can help subdivide students within a course and offer section-specific options such as varied due dates for assignments, discussions, and quizzes. Sections also display for each student within the course People page and the Gradebook.


Cross-listing courses for which grades or work has already been submitted will result in the grades or submitted work being dropped from the course. The same caution applies when de-cross-listing a course for which grades or work have already been submitted.

  • Cross-List a Course

To cross-list (combine) an existing course in Canvas with another existing course in Canvas, do the following:

  1. Navigate to the course which will act as the main course site. From the Home page of the course, navigate to the URL pane and make note of the number listed at the end of the URL after (Figure 1):

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  2. Next, navigate to the course or section you would like to cross-list as a section to the main course, and select the Settings > Sections from the left navigation menu (Figure 2):

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  3. Select the Section you would like to cross-list to the main course and select Cross-List this Section (Figure 3).

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  4. In the pop-up, enter the number of the main course (from step 1 above), or search for the course by name in the appropriate field provided. It is recommended that you use the course number whenever possible to ensure you are cross-listing the correct course. Click Cross-List this Section (Figure 4):

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  5. You should see a message pop-up stating that the cross-list was successful, and you will now see that the section is now cross-listed as a Course Section of the selected main course (Figures 5 and 6):

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You have now successfully cross-listed (combined) the Canvas courses.

  • Rename a Cross-Listed Section

When cross-listing a course, you may wish to re-name the cross-listed section in order to align better with the structure of the main course. In order to do so:

  1. Navigate to the main course and select Settings > Sections > select the cross-listed section you wish to rename (Figure 1):

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  2. Select Edit Section (Figure 2):

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  3. Enter the desired Section Name in the field provided, and click Update Section (Figure 3):

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  4. Your cross-listed section will now display the new Section Name (Figure 4):

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  • De-Cross-List a Section

You may also de-cross-list a section, and restore it as a stand-alone course.

Note: As cautioned above, if there are already submitted work or graded items in the section, these will be lost when de-cross–listing the course.

To de-cross-list a course:

  1. Navigate to the main course and select Settings > Sections > select the section you would like to de-cross-list (Figure1):

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  2. Select De-Cross-List This Section (Figure 2):

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  3. In the pop-up warning, again select De-Cross-List This Section (Figure 3):

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The course is now de-cross-listed from the main course and will not appear as the original stand-alone course (or in the previous main course, if applicable).

Additional Resources:

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