Canvas Course Merge

Why Merge Courses?

The purpose is to simplify your life by merging section enrollments into a course so that content may be shared. Generally, but not always, all students in the merged course can see and participate in all of the same content.  If you are uncertain about your end goal or desired results, ask us before submitting this request – we’re happy to help you decide!

  • If you teach multiple sections of the same course and want to manage them all together, this is for you.
  • If you teach cross-listed courses where students in the same class are enrolled in different CRNs, but wish to have a “place” online for everybody, this is for you.
  • If you like the idea of sending instructions, deploying tests, or posting content one time instead of the same thing multiple times, this is for you.

Note: Merging sections in Canvas is different than Blackboard’s approach.

  • In Blackboard, a new course shell was created. If you combine three sections of the same course you will now have four courses. You would simply maintain the combined course and ignore  the original courses (do not make them available to your students).
    Courses A, B, and C are merged into a new ABC.
  • In Canvas, each “course” contains a “section” of student enrollments. We simply move sections of enrollments from one course umbrella to another, leaving behind an empty course and adding people to one of the existing courses. Please keep in mind that this means some of your sections will “vanish” from your Canvas Dashboard and Courses list! They are now part of the “base” section.
    B and C are moved into A.
    Why Does This Matter?
    If you have already built content in one of the courses, ask us to move the other course sections into that one so you do not have to copy and reset content.

Submit Your Request:

The following form is used to request that two or more sections of the same course, taught by the same instructor within the same semester, be merged into a single course shell.

This form requires accurate CRNs for each section you wish to combine. You can find them in the course listings:


Please allow at least 48 hours for processing and overnight automated enrollment.