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Import/Export Content in Canvas

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How Do I Export Course Content From Canvas?

From back at our Dashboard, you should first notice the course we created in the previous tutorial has appeared (Step 1). If it has not, please open a HelpDesk ticket to let us know, and we'll get you added. Now we are going to choose an existing course that we can export (Step 2). For this example, I'm using another Sandbox I set up the other day, but for you it will likely be one of your Skyward-created courses. Let's click that course and open it up.

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The only thing we need to do here is click the Settings button on the left-side navigation (Step 1).

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From the settings page, ensure you are on the "Course Details" tab (Step 1), and then, on the right-side navigation, we're going to choose "Export Course Content" (step 2).

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The content export page will have two options:a course or a page. For this example, we'll choose course (Step 1), then click the "Create Export" button (Step 2).

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Once the progress bar fills, reload the page (Ctrl-R on Windows, Cmd-R on Mac) and click the new export link (Step 1). This will download the course content to your Downloads folder.

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That's it for exporting a course! Let's head back to the Google Chrome tab for our newly-created course to import it.

 



How Do I Import Course Content From Canvas?

Now that we have an export file to use, let's add it to our new course. Once again, this is going to be found in our course settings, so click on that link (Step 1).

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On our settings page, let's make sure we are actually in the new course we just set up (Step 1). We don't want to import content into the wrong course! Since I know I just made this English 3 course, I'm going to click the "Import Course Content" link (Step 2).

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Next, we'll click on the Content Type dropdown box (Step 1), and then choose "Canvas Course Export Package (Step Two). Choosing this option will bring up more options for us.

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From the new options, the first one we'll work on is choosing the file to upload under source. Click the Choose File button, navigate to your Downloads (Step 1), and choose the name of the course you just exported. In my case, the filename is "roberts-sandbox1-export.imscc" (Step 2). You can double click on the file, or click it and hit the Open button.

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With our source added, we're going to choose the recommended settings for course imports. I'll talk about each one.

  • Content: We are going to import all content for this tutorial. Another option is to choose specific content, which will let you choose what aspects you want to bring over. For example, you can just grab assignments or quizzes.
  • Adjust events and due dates: Since we are looking at moving a previous semester's course to a new one, it makes sense that we will be removing all the due dates, so that we can set them up for the next school year. You have the ability to be more specific as well if you would like.

Finally, we'll click the "Import" button.

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That is it. Your content should be imported and ready to go. You might need to refresh the page to see it reflected on the import screen. If you go back to the course Home navigation, your course should now look like the one you exported. If it does not, plesae put in a HelpDesk ticket, and we will be able to help get you on track.

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