As we wrap up one semester before heading out on a short break, now is great time to request your courses in Springboard for the next semester be merged or combined.
What does it mean to merge/combine courses?
If you are teaching multiple sections of the same class, it isn’t always efficient to maintain separate Springboard courses. Maybe you are teaching a “slash” course with undergrads and graduate students. You might have two sections of the same class. Or, you may even oversee multiple sections of a lab. In all of these instances, we can combine multiple Springboard course shells into a single course for you.
When courses are combined, adds/drops are still linked with Peoplesoft/My Akron. Springboard will even place students from sections into groups for you. That allows you so see only the students for a specific section. You can also place restrictions on content, assignments or discussions based upon sections.
- Learn more about the different ways a course merge can help you manage your classes: http://blogs.uakron.edu/dds/2014/tip-of-the-week-course-merges/
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An important thing to remember is that the process of combining sections will remove any content or student work that exists within the original courses. So, it’s important to request that your courses be combined BEFORE you do any work on them. If you already have a course setup, don’t worry, just let us know and we’ll help transfer the content to the newly combined course. If you already have student assignment submissions, those will be lost.
How to Request your Course Merge
1. Email Springboard support
You can use the “Need Help” widget at the bottom of one of your courses or, send an email directly to email@example.com.
2. Tell us what courses you want combined
Since every course taught at The University of Akron receives a course shell in Springboard (whether the professor uses Springboard or not), the more information you provide us, the more quickly we can combine your courses. Here’s a handy list of helpful information:
- Tell us what semester your courses are in. This seems unnecessary but, we receive enough requests to combine courses late in a semester that this is very helpful.
- Tell us the name of your course(s). The backend of Springboard lists courses by department and then by name. Starting with the name will save us from looking up your teaching schedule to confirm your course names.
- Give us the full course numbers (department-course-section) for each course. You can get these from My Akron or, directly from Springboard. The course number for each course is conveniently listed in the Need Help widget at the bottom of each course’s homepage.
An easier way to get all of your course numbers from Springboard is to use the My Enrollment button in the navigation at the top of your Springboard homepage.
This is also a good way to make sure you are properly assigned to teach a course. This report will also give you all of the information that you need to request a course merge (semester, course name and, course numbers).
Once we receive the email you sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with all of the pertinent information regarding your courses, we’ll process your merge request. Once we process a merge, the courses will be combined in Springboard in a process that runs overnight. Depending on when you submit the request, and how busy we are, your course will generally be available the next morning though it can take up to 3 days. You’ll receive a response to your email letting you know that the merge has be processed and when it will be ready.
What about ________ ?
Can I request a course merge for someone else?
Yes. Just be sure to tell us whom you are requesting the merge for. We will often verify that a professor is the instructor of record for a course before processing. If we have any questions or don’t see the courses listed on your teaching schedule, we’ll reply to the email requesting additional information.
Can courses from multiple professors be combined?
Yes. Again, let us know who the other professors are for verification. Each professor will be enrolled in the new, combined, course as an instructor with all of the rights that entails.
- You can find out more in our FAQ on merging courses: https://learn.uakron.edu/springboard/resources/instructor/courseMergeFAQ.pdf