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 "stuff".

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! 

Course Backups

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.