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Download Course to View Offline

Courses can be downloaded in an offline, view-only mode. With this download, you cannot interact with the course content, such as completing assignments or viewing submissions. The course content is downloaded as a zip file, which includes the HTML version of the course. Downloading the course content is only accessible if modules were used.

Note: Course content and materials can be viewed in this download, however student submissions to assignments, quizzes, discussions, etc are not included, and will be unavailable.

Enabling Offline Course

The Offline Course option is currently enabled in all courses. In order to disable this feature, follow the steps below to uncheck the "Offline Course" option.

In order to download the offline view of the course, the option must be enabled. If you are unable to download the offline view, the option may be disabled. Follow the directions below to ensure that it is turned on.

1. From the course navigation, go to "Settings" and make sure the "Course Details" tab is selected.

Go to "Settings" and then "Course Details"

2. Scroll down until you find the "Offline Course" option. If the "Allow course content to be downloaded and viewed offline" is checked, then the feature is already enabled.

3. If the box is not checked, select it to enable and click "Update Course Details" to save the change.

Check the "Offline Course" box and click "Update Course Details"

Exporting Course Content

1. Once "Offline Course" is enabled, you can now download the offline version of the course. Open "Modules" from the Course Navigation.

2. Click on the “Export Course Content” button at the top right.

Open "Modules" and then click "Export Course Content"

3. Your course is downloaded to your computer as a zip file. Once you locate the zip file, double click on the file to open the file. PC users may need to extract the folder before the files are accessible.

Note: Depending on the size of the course, this may take a few minutes. If you remain in the page until the download is complete, the file will download directly to your computer. If you leave the page, you'll receive an email notification when the course download is complete. You can use a link in the email to download the file.

Your course is downloaded as a zip file

4. Once the folder is extracted, open the "index.html" file. The file will then open in your default browser. The offline download only has the content that was available at the time of download. In order to see new content, you will have to download the content each time.

Open the "index.html" file

Viewing the Offline Course

From the "index.html" file, you can view the offline version of the course. This will only include content that was available at the time of download. In order to see the newest content in offline mode, you will need to do another export.

1. To view course files, click on the "Files" link at the top.

2. To open the course content, click on the name.

3. If any content can only be accessed online, the content link includes an external icon.


You can view the offline version of the course.

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