Combined Sections


    Courses that are officially cross-listed in PatriotWeb before the start of each semester, automatically have a third combined (Master) section created in Blackboard. You should only use the Master course - students from both sections will have access to this course.

    Please note: If your course has reserved seats for INTO, Mason Online, Mason LIFE, etc., this is considered cross-listed and you will need to use the Master section of the course in Blackboard.

    Need to combine two sections of same course?
    To combine two different courses, ask your Scheduling Coordinator to cross-list the courses in Banner - this automatically combines them in Blackboard if they are cross-listed before the first day of the semester.

    Use this form to request two or more sections of the same course be combined in Blackboard: Combine Sections Request Form > (login required). Please note: Sections combined in this manner cannot use the Import Grades from Blackboard function in PatriotWeb.

    How Combined Blackboard Courses Work

    In the image below, the top class is the "Master" (Combined) section with students from all sections enrolled. Enrollments will keep up to date with any drop/adds made to the "Child" (Individual) sections. As the instructor, you must make the master course available to give students access to the course.

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    The "Child" (Individual) Blackboard section cannot be made available - you must use the master/combined course. You will see the individual sections in your Course List and can access them to keep a private grade book, but you cannot add content or make the courses available to students. Please contact us if you wish to use the individual sections of a cross-listed course.

    In the Master course, Instructors will see a new column on the Users and Grade Center pages. This will display the CRN of the original section in which the student is registered. This allows the instructor to sort students based on section and even create separate section views if desired.

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    Students
    will only see their individual section listed in their Course List. Choosing this course will automatically bring the student into the master/combined course.

    Interested in releasing information or assessments to just one section and not the other? Considering using the Groups or Adaptive Release functionality in the Master course.

    Questions? Contact Us