Import Content From Another Course

import_stampImporting content (which is simply anything you build in a course) is an essential task when using Canvas.

An instructor will always need to copy content from one course to another for a variety of reasons.

Common scenarios for importing content from another course:

  • You want to import content from one semester to the next.
  • You have developed content in a “sandbox” course, and need to copy it to an official course for students.
  • An instructor has offered to share some of their content with you.  They can export a file which you can then import into your own course.
  • Can you think of any other situations where importing content would be helpful?


See the Canvas Guide:

How do I import content from another Canvas course?


2 thoughts on “Import Content From Another Course”

    • Hi Tanya,

      We generally recommend that you not export content from Bb to Canvas, and instead encourage you to construct the course directly in Canvas.

      Canvas is very different than Bb, and it is highly advantageous to learn the basics of Canvas by rebuilding a course, instead of relying on an export/import process. Several course activities can be “migrated” to Canvas by simply copying and pasting the text of assignment instructions, discussion prompts, and text blocks from Bb to their Canvas equivalent.

      If you have not already done so, we recommend taking the Orientation to Canvas and Design & Development workshops specifically.

      Please review and bookmark our website at . It is the single best resource you have for staying updated on Canvas for BC. You can also login to Canvas directly from our website.

      If you still wish to try using your Bb course content in Canvas, here are the basic steps:

      Export Bb Course Content
      1. Go to Control Panel > Packages and Utilities > Export/Archive Course
      2. Click Export Package
      3. Select the checkboxes for each course area and tool to export
      4. Click Submit
      (the export will take from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on course size)
      7. Refresh the page every few seconds, then click the link provided to download the exported ZIP file
      7. Save the file to your computer for later importing into Canvas

      Import Course Content into Canvas
      1. Follow this step-by-step guide:

      We also strongly encourage you to review the Canvas Quick Start guide on our dept website to get started with your use of Canvas.

      / chris


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