How do I copy material from an existing Canvas course into a new one?

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Copying course material from a past Canvas site can make setting up new semesters much easier. Assignments, resources, and files that you use over and over can be moved from Canvas site to Canvas site without having to upload and create everything over again. You can choose to copy an entire course or only selected materials. Canvas also has the ability to automatically assign due dates during a course copy, or to remove due dates entirely, with the Adjust events and due dates option.

Copying A Whole Canvas Course to a New Semester

This process will copy an entire Canvas course into a new Canvas site. This includes all assignments, quizzes, discussion boards, events, and due dates. Student data and submissions will not be copied.

  1. To copy materials from a past Canvas site into a current one you will want to start in the new course site.
  2. In the left-hand menu, click the Settings link.
  3. In the right-hand menu, click the Import Course Content link.
  4. From the dropdown menu, choose Copy a Canvas Course. A search bar will appear where you can search for the course you want to import.
  5. Click the Import button.

Copying Selected Materials From a Previous Canvas Course Into a New Canvas Course

This process will copy only the materials you select from a Canvas course into a new Canvas site. Materials imported will retain all of their original settings, including general due dates. Student data and submissions, including specialized assign to dates, will not be copied.

  1. Access the Import Course Content page by following the previous instructions.
  2. After choosing the course you want to import from, click the Select specific content radio button.
  3. Click the Import button.
  4. After the initial import completes, click the Select content button which appears next to the completed import under Current Jobs.
  5. The content from the previous course will appear grouped by type. Click the checkboxes to choose which items to import.
  6. When you are finished selecting, click the blue Select content button.

Automatically Assigning New Due Dates When Copying Materials

If you have a course structure that has the same assignments due at the same points in the semester, you can have Canvas adjust the due dates of your quizzes and assignments based on the new semester's dates. You will do this by telling Canvas what the first and last days of class were in the original class, and what they are in the new semester. You can also use this option to remove all due dates from the imported materials. This functionality will work if you import an entire course or only selected materials; you will complete the reassigning of new due dates before choosing which materials to import.  

  1. Access the Import Course Content page by following the previous instructions.
  2. After choosing the course you want to import from, check the Adjust events and due dates checkbox.
  3. If you wish to remove all due dates from the materials you are importing, click Remove Dates.
  4. If you wish to automatically assign new due dates, enter the Beginning date and Ending date for both Canvas sites.
  5. To change the days of the week on which your materials are due - for example, to change a Monday-Wednesday class to a Tuesday-Thursday one, click the +Substitution button and enter that change with the dropdowns.
  6. Click the Import button.

 

More information can be found at the Canvas Community Instructor Guide.

 

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Article ID: 68342
Created
Thu 12/6/18 10:30 AM
Modified
Tue 10/19/21 11:31 AM