Copying Content from One Canvas Course Into Another Canvas Course
Canvas supports the ability to copy / import course content from one course to another. This functionality allows instructors to roll over course materials from semester to semester, course to course, without having to recreate a course from scratch. This copy process creates a clean version of course items like discussions, assignments, and quizzes in the receiving course site.
While the Import Course Content process brings over much of the Canvas developed content from a previous version of your course, there are a number of external applications that you may need to update separately to work correctly in the new copy of your course. After you have imported a copy of your course content, please be sure to review the "Refining and Updating Your Course" section below to ensure all components of your course will function correctly once you have copied your course materials.
Table of Contents
This article will address the following information:
Copying a Canvas Course
- Starting in Canvas course you wish to copy materials into, click "Settings" in your course navigation bar.
- Click on the "Course Details" tab across the top.
- Click "Import Course Content" on the right-hand side.
- From the "Content Type" drop down menu, select "Copy a Canvas Course."
- Complete the "Import Content" form that appears.
Search for a course: Select the course you want to import from using the drop down menu, or search for the course name in the adjacent text box.
- If the course is in a past term, make sure to click the "Include completed courses" checkbox to find it.
- Content: Select whether you want to import all content from the course or if you want to select just specific pieces of the content for the course selected.
Options: You can optionally select to have the import process adjust events and due dates either by shifting dates based on dates you select, or by removing the dates altogether.
- See the section "Modifying Due Dates During Import" below for more information.
- Click the "Import" button.
If you are importing all content the process will begin and your course materials will be imported. Depending on how large your course is, this process may take several minutes to complete. You will be able to see the progress under the "Current Jobs" section of the Import Content page.
If you are importing only specific content continue in the next section on "Selecting Specific Content."
Selecting Specific Content
- If you opted to "Select specific content," you will see your import listed under the "Current Jobs" area of the Import Content Page. To choose which parts of your source course will be copied, click the "Select Content" button to the far right of the job.
- In the "Select Content" pop-up box that appears select the check boxes next to the content that you want to copy.
- For some content types, you may be able to expand and see more options by clicking on the down arrows. Use this to have more granular control of which course items you want to copy.
- When you have selected everything that you want, click the "Select Content" button. The process will begin and your selected course materials will be imported. Depending on how large the content is, this process may take several minutes to complete. You will be able to see the progress under the "Current Jobs" section of the Import Content page.
Modifying Due Dates During Import
When you import one course into another, during the import process, there is an option to modify the due dates and availability dates all at one time.
- When initially filling out the "Import Content" form, select the option "Adjust events and due dates."
- Fill out the start / end date for the original course and the new start / end date for the course you are copying content into.
- You can click "+Substitution" button to change which days of the weeks the events and due dates should now be on (if applicable).
Refining and Updating Your Course
While the Import Course Content process brings over much of the content developed in a previous version of the course, there may be a number of external applications that need to be updated to work correctly in this new copy of your course. If you used one of the tools listed below in a previous version or your course, or in an early course sandbox, please review the information to update these resources as well.
|External Application||Steps to update this content|
Course Reserves content is not included with this process. In order to copy your Course Reserves content, please see the article: Course Reserves: Importing Items from a Previous Class.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or problems with Course Reserves.
|Media Library (Panopto)||
Media Library content is not included with this process. In order to copy your Media Library content, please see this article: How do I migrate Media Library course content from one library to another?
Contact email@example.com if you have any questions or problems with Media Library.
|Perusall||Perusall allows for materials from another course to be used again in a new course. Please see Copying a Perusall Course to a New Course to learn more.|
||Custom links in your course navigation menu (created using the Redirect App) that point to content within your Canvas site are static links that do not update when imported into a new site. This means that once copied into the new course, the custom link will still point to your OLD Canvas site. You will need to manually update or delete/recreate these links in your new Canvas site. Please view the following help article on how to create a custom link in the course navigation using the Redirect tool for details.
|WordPress in Canvas||Links to previous course blogs can be included when copying content from one course to another, and the links to these past blogs need to be removed before your new students are enrolled in your course to ensure they do not join the wrong blog. Please view the following article to learn how to remove the transferred copy from your site before you request a new version.|
|Zoom (Calendar Events)||Calendar entries for scheduled Zoom sessions can be included when copying content. These events will appear in the Calendar on the same dates when they first occurred. These events will also be listed on the Course Summary section of the Syllabus page. Please refer to our help documentation on how to Adjust Import for Zoom Calendar Events. If you have already imported in the events, you can visit our help article on how to remove calendar entries.|
For more help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.