Understanding Canvas @ Yale Umbrella Sites
Umbrella sites are typically used by multi-section courses to enable the course director to provide information for all sections in one place. Instructors for the sections have the option of posting documents and announcements for their own sections.
Umbrella sites are not the same as official cross-listed courses. If your course needs to be officially cross-listed, please contact your registrar to have your course information updated to identify your specific courses as being cross-listed.
To request an Umbrella Site, please fill out and submit the Umbrella Request Form.
Purpose of an Umbrella Site
The purpose of an umbrella site is to provide a site that can contain information useful for a number of sections, usually with the same name (e.g. SPAN 115 01, SPAN 115 02, SPAN 115 03). The course director may also use the Email or Announcement tools to communicate with students across all sections.
The umbrella would be called, for example, SPAN 115 00 to which Canvas @ Yale will automatically add all participants from the ‘sections’ to the umbrella site.
Discussion sections are different and are not created by umbrella sites. These are sections within a large lecture course and each is taught by a TA.
Types of Umbrella Sites
- Section-retained Umbrella site: A new course site is created which has all the enrollments from the individual sections. The individual section course sites remain intact.
- Section-merged Umbrella site: Individual course sections are collapsed into one course site. Select this option if section awareness within files is not needed.