Combining Sections into Super Sections
Implications to Teaching
If you are teaching two or more sections of the same course, it may make sense to combine both sections into a single course shell in Blackboard. With a single course shell, you can post content and create Announcements and Discussion Forum responses for questions once. Some of you have been creating content, announcements, discussion boards, and other tasks in one shell and then copying these to other shells. Creating a super section will save you some time with this task.
How to Combine Sections
1. Select one shell for the course to be the destination course (aka the "super section" you will be managing). Write down the Course ID for the shell.
2. Go to the shell you will not be updating.
3. Under Packages and Utilities, click on Course Copy.
4. Enter the Destination Course ID, which is the information you wrote down in Step 1.
5. Under "Select Course Materials," select any area of your destination course where you have not yet added any content, such as Glossary or Contacts.
6. Under Enrollments, select Include Enrollments in the Copy.
7. Click Submit.
8. You will also need to make the course you will not be updating unavailable to students. Otherwise, students who were copied into your "super section" will see two sections of the same course appear on their course roster, which may be confusing.
9. Go to your new "super section" course to ensure that the enrollment was copied over successfully. You may repeat all the steps above if you need to combine more than two sections.
Managing the Super Section
Once you have a super section, you can use the Groups feature to divide the original section rosters into groups. You can still use the Groups feature to further subdivide the students into smaller groups for group activities. You can also use the SmartViews feature to create Grade Center displays for the original section rosters, which will make your Grade Centers very simple to manage when you are submitting final grades at the end of the semester.
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