Lectures with Lab Sections give students and instructors two separate course spaces. Merging those sections causes duplicated student listings in the roster. Greg Loviscky shares how he plans to direct students to all of the lecture and lab information that they need for PSYCH 301W for FA16:
“I thought about the merging and think that I should not merge anything this semester…I see each individual lab section listed, each containing only those students who are enrolled in each section. I think that I will simply use the lab sections so that each lab instructor will only see their own students, can communicate with them using email/announcements, and can post their own lab slides, etc. I would NOT put any content into the lecture course space. Any correspondence or content additions from me would need to be posted in each of the 6 lab sections.”
Using only Lab sections in Canvas for courses with Lectures and Labs will require a little bit of extra uploading to multiple sections for the lecture instructor, but it will help students to get the correct due dates, announcements, and grades.