Canvas - Cross-listing Course Sites (for Instructors)


Canvas is Virginia Tech's learning management system (LMS). Instructors use Canvas to manage teaching materials like assignments, quizzes, feedback, and student grades. 

  • Official courses are automatically created in instructors' Canvas accounts.
  • Enrolled students are automatically added.
  • Instructors can reuse teaching materials by importing them to a new course site.
  • Canvas provides 24-7 support by phone (833-639-7621) and chat (click Support on any Canvas screen).

The Canvas Instructor Guide and the Canvas Student Guide have full instructions on using Canvas. These instructions are specific to Virginia Tech. To see other Canvas topics, please see:



Background on Cross-listing

If you're teaching more than one section of a course, you can cross-list their Canvas sites.


  • Cross-list before publishing! Do not cross-list sites after you publish them, because you might lose student assignments. Cross-list your sections before students submit material, ideally before publishing the sites.  
  • You need to be a Teacher! You can only cross-list sites if you're a Teacher. To cross-list sites with different Teachers, add one person as a Teacher to all the sites. That person can then cross-list them. See How do I add users to a course?
  • Don't try to cross-list draft sites! You cannot cross-list draft course sites with automatically-created official course sites. Cross-list the official course sites, then import the content into the combined site.
  • Make the home department the parent course! If you cross-list sections in different departments, the parent course in Canvas must be the home department in Banner, or SPOTs might not be accurate. If you're not sure which is the home department, contact your department's SPOT administrator
  • Don't cross-list to "move" teaching materials! Only the teaching materials in the parent course show up in the cross-listed course. Keep teaching materials in a draft course site, then import materials into the cross-listed site. 
  • A Canvas admin must remove the cross-list! If you make a mistake, contact 4Help by clicking Get Help on the 4Help portal. Request your Canvas sites be de-cross-listed. 

Top of page

Cross-listing Sections

To cross-list official course sites: 

  1. Choose a section to be the parent site and note its CRN.
  2. Go to the site to be cross-listed under the parent and click Settings and then Sections. One section will be listed.

    Image of the above instructions

  3. Click the section's SIS ID.
    Image of the above instructions
  4. Click Cross-List this Section.

    Image of the above instructions

  5. Paste the parent site's CRN in the Cross-List Section popup. Then click the parent site's name.

    Image of the above instructions

  6. Under Selected Course, double check the course SIS ID. Then click Cross-List This Section.

    Image of the above instructions

  7. Repeat the procedure for other child sites.
  8. Verify all sections appear in the parent site by going to the parent site and click Settings and then Sections. You should see all of the cross-listed sections.

    Image of the above instructions

Top of page

De-Cross-listing Sections

If you made a mistake when cross-listing your Canvas sections, a TLOS admin will need to assist you to de-cross-list your sites.

Go to the 4Help Portal, log in, and click Get Help. Write that you need help from TLOS with de-cross-listing Canvas sites, and provide the CRNs of the sites that you wish to de-cross-list from the parent Canvas site. We can assist you at this time to re-cross-list your sites if needed.

Top of page

Getting Help

For instructions on resolving common issues with Canvas, see:

Instructure, the creators of Canvas, provide 24-7 Canvas support, including live chat and a support hotline.

To get Canvas help, click Support on any Canvas screen and choose from help options:

In Canvas, use the new Help Docs button located near the Support button that will provide quick access to a knowledge base located inside Canvas.

Image of the above instructions

Top of page