Crosslisted and Learning Space courses

Standard modules and programme sites are generated in Moodle by the University’s SITS system. Contact your programme administrator for assistance in setting up new modules.
However if you are facing a situation where you will be duplicating a lot of the same materials across different modules, your campus Learning Technologist can provide you with a Crosslist course or a Learning Space course.

You can request a Crosslist or Learning Space with this Unidesk form.

These courses are provided to avoid duplication of resources and effort where several modules or programmes have much in common and could be more effectively managed as a single entity in an ‘umbrella’ course.

  • Request a Crosslist course if you wish to stop using the ‘child’ modules and handle everything in the Crosslist. Students will no longer see the child courses. New Crosslists have to be requested each academic session.
  • Request a Learning Space if you wish the ‘child’ courses to remain accessible to the students. Materials or activities common to all students can be deployed on the Learning Space and materials which differ between the modules can be deployed on the ‘child’ courses. If the Learning Spaces do not include materials relating to assessment (which need to be archived), they can potentially be re-used with new cohorts in new academic sessions. Consult your campus Learning Technologist for advice on the pros and cons for your case.

The above is all you need to know to get started. Some more detailed information on how Crosslists and Learning Spaces operate within Moodle is provided below.

Crosslisted Courses

Example crosslisted modules

These are used to join or crosslist module occurrences together in a shared ‘parent’ course which is coded as XL00... Enrolments for the parent course are taken from the ‘child’ module occurrences, which are then hidden from staff and students so that only the parent course is visible.

Crosslists can be from different module codes or multiple occurrences of the same module. The XL code will include the trimester of the child modules (eg. XL000981_2017-8_TR2_001) or will default to ALL if the modules are from across trimesters. This coding affects how the XL course responds to the course filters which are used to show modules from specific trimesters/sessions.

When filling in your form (see link above) to request a Crosslist, ensure you provide the following:

  • Full Module Titles for each module to be included in the umbrella course (Module Code, Year, Trimester, Occurrence)
  • The Title of the Crosslist. Normally you will wish this to include the anchor modules for easy identification.

The new parent course will be empty but you can import materials from another course in the normal manner. Contact your Learning Technology Advisor if you are unfamiliar with the process.

Leganto reading lists will also be empty, and so your subject librarian must tie the child module reading lists to the new parent module list via the library management system. Please contact them to do that for you.

Crosslists have to be requested each academic session.  Programme sites can be similarly crosslisted to a parent course but they do not have any trimester/session associated with them.

Learning Spaces

Example Learning Spaces

These courses can be used for a variety of academic purposes and are coded LS00. Students are enrolled in bulk from existing Moodle module occurrences/programme codes. The Learning Space coding does not include the trimester/session and so the course filters need to be set to ‘Other’ in order to appear in the Moodle dashboard.

If you have further queries regarding Crosslists or Learning Spaces, contact your Learning Technology Advisor for advice.