Instructions: Export / Import in Canvas
Part I - Performing an Export from Canvas
Select the course you want to Export (be in the course)
On bottom left of Menu - Select Settings
Select Export Course Content from menu on right
In Export Type, the only thing that should be checked is: Course (unless you are just exporting a Quiz from a course)
Click on: Create Export
Wait, wait, wait…. Or once it starts come back later (maybe 10 minutes)
- You are supposed to get an email when done (usually works).
Select: Click here to download after it is done. Download the one
you just did if there are multiple. The file will be downloaded
as an .imcc file
NOTE: not a big deal, but
remember the order of the menu items on the list. There is a bug
on import that rearranges the menu into the default order as defined by
Canvas…. (please report if it has been fixed - the menu looks fine).
NOTE: if you already have a .imcc file (like a template), you can skip this section.
PART II - Import your course from .imcc file
Select the shell that you want to import into.
On bottom of left menu - Select Settings
Select Import Content into this Course from menu on right
Select: Import content from a content package or from another system
Select: Choose the system you want to migrate from (drop down menu)
Select Canvas Course Export Package (you pick the wrong thing here….good luck)
Select Choose File and pick the .imcc file you created in Part I - Click on Import Course
Let it get started and say that it is importing course. Here is
where some issues are. You can come back. You are supposed
to get another email when done. You do not get this email at the writing of this
document. It goes to poofpoint spam filer (last time I checked).
When you return later…..you have to come back to this point in the
menu. This time, you do not have to re-enter the imcc file
again. "There is a View Migrations" link. Click on this
link. There should be the migration you did there….it will be a
long list of items from the course. They should all be
checked. You just IMPORT EVERYTHING or whatever the exact wording
is. If there is not migration there with a list of course items,
something went amiss.
Then….. Wait wiat wait….. As it imports. If there are a lot of
files, please be patient. But it has dies on me once or twice…
But it normally doesn't. You should get an email when the inmport
is done...or just wait.
If all goes well, your course come in when the migration is complete.
Of course, you can selectively import items from another course...like
specific files, or rubrics, or whatever. Just be careful you do
not double up on items that are already in the course. These
instructions work well with the import of a course into an empty
shell. You can also do a copy course which will be explained in
another document. Note: after the course is imported, check it
thoroughly. A couple of items: you may have to rearrange
your menu; you may have to recreate another Front Page. There has also
been an instance or two when after a
course is imported, some items double up on their own...like
Assignments....double check. Note: the import does not replace what is
in a course. It adds to it! In some cases, you may have to
"Reset" your course to clean out the content before an Import.
Export / Import does NOT pertain to user data....just course
Always remember: an import will not remove any items already in a
course. The import adds to what is already oin the course.
If you want to start with clean content before you import: Go
Into Settings, and Reset the course which removes all content.
Never do this on a live running course. Never!
Certainly, Instructure is able to do course restores if
necessary. There are no backups maintained locally at Champlain
College. However, you may want to backup your work on a course
for a variety of reasons just in case of whatever.
Basically, I recomment that from time
to time you perform step I above to maintain a backup of your course
and your work (again, the course stuff and no user stuff). I
would recommend doing this periodically espeically after you make
changes to the course for any reason. The generated .imcc file
can be used as your backup tht can be imported later should the need
arise. Just keep track of these files and the revision history
(standard computer procedure). Once again, full or selectrive imports (and copies) can be performed.