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Canvas - Groups vs. Sections
This article contains a functional comparison of "Groups" and "Sections" in a Canvas course.
Canvas course Groups function like a smaller version of a Canvas course and are typically used for collaboration, group discussions, and group assignments.
A Canvas course Section is basically a segment of the class roster used for administrative purposes. Sections in Canvas are created automatically when courses are combined or crosslisted. Instructors can assign assignments to a specific section of students, assign different due dates to different sections, and can take attendance by section.
Comparison of Groups and Sections
|Instructor needs to assign different assignments to different sets of students (e.g., only grad students should complete this assignment)||No||Yes||Assign Assignment to Section|
|Instructor needs to assign different due dates for the same assignment to different sets of students (e.g., undergrads have different due dates than grads)||No||Yes|
|Instructor needs to send announcements or messages to different sets of students||Yes||Yes|
|Provides a team space to post discussions and to collaborate on pages and files.||Yes||No|
|Instructor can create group assignments, and students can turn in a single submission as a group and receive group feedback.||Yes||No|
|Students need to select membership in a team (e.g., self-enroll in a group for group presentations)||Yes||No||Create Self Sign Up Groups|
|Take attendance for a specific set of students.||No||Yes||Take Attendance by Section|
|Filter gradebook by a specific set of students.||Yes||Yes||Filter Gradebook by Group or Section|
|Filter Speedgrader by a specific set of students.||Yes||Yes|
|Create Canvas Calendar events for a specific set of students||Yes||Yes||View a Group Calendar|