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Merging Courses and Cross-listed Sections

Merging Courses

Every course with a unique CRN will have a Blackboard course space, automatically. If you teach multiple sections of a course and want to combine them to a single course space, you will need to send an email from your UVM email account to with a list of all CRNs for the sections to be combined. A CRN is the 5-Digit course registration number for a course; for example, a fall course might have a CRN of 91234. You can look up the CRN for your courses on the Registrar's Schedule of Courses (SOC).

Important: The email must come from the email address of the listed instructor of the course.

After your courses are merged, you will see both the newly created "Parent" course, as well as the previously existing "Child" courses. Students will have access to these child courses, but you will still have access to their content. As with all courses created on the system, you will still need to make the "Parent" course available to students before they can access it.

Cross-listed courses

Sections that are cross-listed in the registrar's system (Banner) automatically come over to Blackboard combined into a single section containing the rosters of both sections.

As is the case with a course combine, if two existing sections are cross-listed, the corresponding spaces in Blackboard will become permanently unavailable when the new cross-listed space appears. On occasion, this can happen without instructors receiving enough forewarning to save a backup - if this is the case, the instructor of the course can contact and ask for an archive of the cross-listed space (please include the 5-Digit CRN of the course to be recovered).

During the cross-listing process, titles of course spaces on Blackboard are assigned based on an algorithm in the Registrar's system. If two sections are cross-listed, the title of the space in Blackboard will reflect one of the titles in the cross-listing.

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