Groups vs. Sections
Groups are used as a collaborative tool where students can work together on group projects and assignments.
As an instructor, use groups to:
set up student group configurations at the course level for assignments and in-class work, both graded and ungraded
facilitate semester-long projects so that students can communicate and iterate on documents together
facilitate student-run study groups within courses
Once you create Groups, you can then:
- filter the Gradebook by group (see the Canvas Guide: How do I filter columns and rows in the Gradebook?)
- view group assignment, as Secondary info underneath learner names, in the Gradebook (see the Canvas Release: New Gradebook)
- load SpeedGrader by group (see the Canvas Guide: How do I enable SpeedGrader to launch filtered by student group?)
For more information about Groups, visit the Groups Section of the Canvas Instructor Guide.
Sections in Canvas are used to segment the class list for administrative purposes, typically based on teaching assignment or meeting time. Every Canvas course at Geneseo has a section created. Faculty can also create additional sections using the Manage Sections Tool.
Detailed information about managing sections can be found in the Settings Section of the Canvas Instructor Guide.
Once you create sections (Canvas Guide: How Do I add a section to a course?), you can:
have varied due dates for assignments by section (see the Canvas Guide: How do I assign an assignment to a course section?)
- assign quizzes by section (see the Canvas Guide: How do I assign a quiz to a course section?)
filter the Gradebook by section
filter the SpeedGrader™ by section when grading student work
view section assignments for students on the People page (see the Canvas Guide: How do I view enrollments in a course section?)
- sections can be cross-listed between courses to combine students (see the Canvas Guide: How do I cross-list a section in a course as an instructor?)
If you are using “Sections” in Canvas to identify cohorts of students for your classes, please make note of the following enrollment update issue:
The Canvas / KnightWeb enrollment sync process uses sections. When a student is unenrolled from your class, they will be removed from the official course section, but they will remain in the faculty-created section. A student who has dropped will appear only with their faculty-created section designation (“Section B” in the example) but no official course section (“202009-17423-BIOL-106-01” in the example). You can view this behavior in your own classes by clicking on the “People” list.
Once a student is removed from the official course section, faculty can remove them from the faculty-created section manually. Click on the menu (3 dots) and select “Remove from Course”.
Graded discussions can be assigned to sections or groups. For more information:
- Canvas Guide: How do I assign a graded discussion to a course section?
- Canvas Guide: How do I assign a graded discussion to a course group?
Related Self Help Guides
Managing Students - Groups and Sections — This guide has information for faculty regarding organizing students into groups or sections ("teams") for collaborative work and assignments.
WeBWorK - Canvas Integration — This guide explains how to use the WeBWorK - Canvas integration to have Canvas automatically create student WeBWorK accounts, let students go from Canvas to WeBWorK without having to log in, and have students' WeBWorK grade automatically transferred back to your Canvas gradebook.
Canvas Course Export Options — As the professor within a Canvas course you will retain access to the course for, approximately, 1.5 years following its start date. You can learn more about CIT’s LMS Data Management policy, including the dates on which courses are removed from Canvas, here. We developed this self-help guide to assist with the preservation of content from your Canvas course.
Paperscorer for Canvas — Paperscorer can be used to easily create paper copies of Canvas Quizzes, create answer sheets, and import detailed results back to your gradebook for student review.
The "Undelete" Trick in Canvas — Did you delete an assignment or quiz in Canvas? Do you regret it? This guide will help you recover it.
For tips, tricks, and updates on learning technologies at Geneseo, visit our Educational Technology Chat. To explore Canvas Guides (created by Instructure), visit https://community.canvaslms.com/community/answers/guides/canvas-guide