Canvas - Limit Users Ability to interact with only their own section.

When you cross-list (combine) sections in Canvas, students view information about students in all sections combined. Therefore, instructors who combine multiple sections should follow the instructions below in order to reduce potential FERPA concerns. Courses combined in TitanWeb come into Canvas already combined and do not present a FERPA concern.

FERPA Considerations with combined or cross-listed courses in Canvas

When cross-listing multiple sections into one Canvas course students can view information about the students from the cross-listed sections. This creates a FERPA problem. Course combinations that come in cross-listed automatically from TitanWeb do not create a FERPA concern. If courses are going to be combined out of convenience (rather than a pedagogical reason) you must:
  • Limit Users to only interact with others in their own course section

Limit Users ability to interact only with their section

  • Select the "People" tool (1) in your course navigation
  • Navigate to the students details page by 
    • Click on the name of the student (2) to open a side panel. 
    • Click on the students name again to get to their detail page (3) 
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and look under Memberships. 
  • On the Privileges section, click on limit this user to only see fellow section users.

Select User
Limit User ability






Keywords:Canvas cross-listing Limit Interaction FERPA Protect Privacy   Doc ID:105291
Owner:Brian L.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2020-08-25 14:26 CDTUpdated:2020-12-30 16:05 CDT
Sites:UW Oshkosh
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