Cross-listing Courses in Canvas

Some instructors have a preference to cross-list, or combine, two or more sections in Canvas. Combining sections in Canvas can make grading and updating content easier throughout a semester. TAs can be restricting to grading only a single section if applicable. Different deadlines for assessments can be given to different sections if needed.  Assessments may also be selectively released to individual students.

Cross-listed sections are designed by an “-XLIST” after the name of the course in Canvas. Cross-listing occurs automatically for Live Interactive courses only.  All other courses will need to request cross-listing each and every semester.

The request to cross-list should come after your teaching schedule is finalized but before you begin uploading or copying content into the cross-listed course. Usually this occurs 1-2 weeks before the semester begins.

Cross-listing limitations

Cross-listing may not be done under the following circumstances:

  1. Two sections may not be cross-listed if they are offered in different formats. For example, an online section and a face-to-face section may not be cross-listed.
  2. The request is too far in advance of the semester.
  3. Student work has been submitted in the section already.
  4. The request would cause an undue burden on support staff as determined by Academic IT.
  5. Courses, once cross-listed, will not be uncross-listed unless the instructor of record changes in any of the sections.

Some general disadvantages to cross-listing include:

  1. Some features in Canvas will work more slowly as the number of students increases.
  2. Discussion boards may need to be restructured to account for the additional students; contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for more information.
  3. Less customization per section.

Request a Cross-listing

You can request that a course is cross-listed by contacting the Office of Teaching and Learning at 801-863-6127 or  Please allow for one business day to process the request.

Inclusive Access

Canvas supports the Learning Tools Interoperability specification, which enables integrating the Learning Management System with Rich Learning Applications provided by third parties. This page provides information on using integrations that are already available and the process for requesting new integrations.

Current Publisher LTIs

Utah Valley University strives to protect the privacy of student and faculty data, and therefore, requires that book publishers enter into a Non-Disclosure Agreement with UVU via the Utah State Attorney General's office prior to installing their LTIs in UVU's instance of Canvas. This extra security measure prevents these third parties from knowingly using UVU student and faculty data collected from an LTI to their benefit, such as potential monetary gain - both short-term and long-term.

The following publishers have signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement with UVU. Implementing an LTI from publishers on this list may  be done at a quicker pace than other publishers.

  • Cengage
  • Macmillan
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Pearson

If you would like to request an integration with a book publisher not listed here, please contact Jason Hill ( | ext. 7086) to begin the process of securing a Non-Disclosure Agreement with the requested publisher. Louise Bridge will work with the publisher for pricing. Note, making a request does NOT guarantee that an agreement will inevitably be entered into between both parties.

Types of LTIs

Two types of LTI integrations are available: 1) Course Materials Fee Model; and 2) Access Code Model. The characteristics of each are listed below.

Course Materials Fee Model

  • A fee for the LTI, which usually includes the eBook, is placed on each student's registration.
  • After the semester has begun, the bookstore coordinates with the publisher to submit a payment of the fee for the LTI for each student registered for each section of the course.
  • Requires all sections of a course to have the fee attached to the course in Banner. (All sections MUST use the integration in teaching.)
  • Not eligible for use after registration opens to students for designated semester. For example, if intending to use this model for Fall 2019 and registration for Fall 2019 has already commenced, approval will NOT  be granted.

Access Code Model

  • No fee is placed on the student's registration for the course.
  • The student must purchase an access code either through the bookstore (preferred) or elsewhere to activate via the publisher's LTI portal.

Deadlines & Approvals

Adding an LTI requires approval from multiple entities to ensure that requirements from all involved are satisfied. Faculty who wish to integrate publisher’s electronic course materials in Canvas must obtain department approval, and submit requests to the Bookstore along with all standard textbook requests by the bookstore’s semester deadlines. Please keep the following best practices in mind when requesting an LTI:

  • The Office of Academic Affairs adheres to the Bookstore's book ordering schedule for LTI request deadlines. The deadlines for requesting an LTI, regardless of type, are listed: 
    • Fall Semester - Deadline: March 31
    • Spring Semester - Deadline: October 1
    • Summer Semester - Deadline: February 1
  • Once an integration is in place and functioning correctly, any student support is to be done through the publisher, not UVU's Service Desk or the Office of Academic Affairs.


  1. Work with your Department Chair to complete the Canvas Course Material Integration request form. All sections of the same course must use the same electronic course materials (see UVU Policy 606, section 5.1.2).
  2. Submit the completed request form to Louise Bridge (| ext. 8689). Her office is located in the Bookstore.
  3. The bookstore’s agent will work with the publisher to determine final pricing.
  4. Once pricing has been established, the necessary information and entries will be made in the Banner system so that all students registering for the course will be charged the appropriate amount for the materials, and will be notified of the charge through a section note when they register.
  5. If the materials have not been used previously, our campus Canvas administrator will work with the publisher’s technical team to implement the integration and perform basic testing, prior to the semester start.
  6. Support for integrated course materials will need to be provided by the publisher.
  7. The faculty member that requested the course materials and/or the department chair will receive notice of any issues during, and completion of, the process.

Please Consider

  • The pricing quoted by the publisher does not include campus costs for support and other items that will be added to the student’s final cost.
  • Representatives of the publishers may promise that implementing an integration is easy and can be done very quickly. For an accurate expectation of the process at UVU, please contact Jason Hill (| ext. 7086)
  • Students using electronic course materials in Canvas will pay up front with no option to purchase secondary market materials (used books) or to share course materials instead.
  • If you are considering an electronic text that does not provide additional content not found in a traditional textbook, that will improve the student’s experience in the course, what are your reasons for doing so? Do they justify a potential increase in student cost and eliminating student choice?
  • Do your students typically have access to the hardware needed to use the materials? Most electronic course materials require more than a smartphone. Students will need to have consistent access to a desktop or laptop computer. In some cases, a tablet may be sufficient.
  • All electronic course materials must comply with campus policy on textbooks (“Adoption of Course Materials and Textbooks”,UVU Policy 606).

Canvas Help for Faculty

The Office of Teaching and Learning provides support for academic departments and faculty with Canvas and accompanying technologies through Instructional Support Technologists (IST), Instructional Designers, and the OTL Lab.

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