Cobra Learning: Merging Courses (2018 edition)


Merging Courses

Starting with Spring 2018, we have a new process for merging courses.  There are two options:

  1. Auto-merge
  2. Manual merge

Both processes are done by PDIT, so you need to contact them to request the merging of your courses.  The good news is that the new process does NOT require waiting until course cancellations have been completed.


With the auto-merge process, the merged course will be created as soon as assignments are made in Colleague.  
Courses are merged based on:

  • Instruction Method (Campus, Hybrid, Online)
  • Instructor Assignment (Parkland ID number)

Note: section numbers are NOT considered in this process, so if your section numbers change each semester it won't impact the merging process. Additionally, you cannot merge different instruction methods, i.e. campus sections cannot be merged with online sections.

For example, Professor X is assigned to teach ENG 101 001, ENG 101 004, ENG 101 052W, and ENG 101 053W.  Professor X has requested that we merge all of their ENG 101 courses.  The merging process will create the following courses for Professor X:

ENG 101 [Campus], Spring 2018 -- which includes section 001 and 004
ENG 101 [Online], Spring 2018 -- which includes section 052W and 053W

If section 004 is reassigned to another instructor, the merging process will retain the ENG 101 [All], Spring 2018 course shell but will unenroll the section 004 students from the roster.  So, there will be no need to alter the course shell or content to adapt to schedule changes.

Likewise if section 007 is added.  No need to change the merged course shell, it will simply add the students from the 007 section to the roster of the merged course.

To be added to the auto-merge process, please send an email to with the following information:

  • your name
  • Parkland ID number
  • courses (not sections) that you want merged
  • Choice of Normal merge (individual sections disabled) or an Expanded merge (individual sections enabled)
  • Custom name, if desired (if none provided, the naming convention in the example above will apply)
  • Instruction method (NOTE: Health Professions -- you need to identify if this will be assigned as clinical, discussion/lecture, etc.  Check with your department office to know how it will be entered. Failure to include this could delay the merging of your courses).

Manual Merge

Manual merge will require that you contact PDIT at the start of each semester to request that they merge your courses.  You may  request this if you are assigned new courses that you've never taught before or if you are unsure that you'll be teaching the same courses each semester.  (Although, the auto-merge process will recognize if you've been assigned those courses in each semester).

Manual Merge Request Deadline

It will still be imperative for manual merge requests to be submitted by the Friday before the course starts (prior to students gaining access to the course in Cobra).  This is to ensure that students are not confused by changes to their list of courses based on the merging process.  

If you want to request your courses merged each semester, then send an email to by the deadline above with the following information:

  • your name
  • courses including sections that you want merged
  • Choice of Normal merge (individual sections disabled) or an Expanded merge (individual sections enabled)

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Keywords:merging, merge, combine, Cobra   Doc ID:79443
Owner:Lori W.Group:Parkland College
Created:2018-01-18 12:24 CDTUpdated:2018-05-04 09:16 CDT
Sites:Parkland College
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