New Semester – Import Course Content
Faculty can reuse course content from one semester to the next by simply importing content from an old course into a new course.
Official course shells (with students enrollments) are created two weeks before the first day of each term.
Course Preparation Options
There are two methods for moving course content from one semester to the next:
Method A: Import from a development course
Faculty can create “development” courses to make changes before official courses are available.
Use Method A:
- when building a new course
- when substantial content updates are needed
- when you
- want to get an early start
Method B: Import from a previous course
Faculty can import past course content directly into a new official course any time during the two weeks before the beginning of the new semester. No development course is needed.
Use Method B:
when there are relatively few changes to make
What’s the difference between a “development” course and an “official” course?
Method A: Import From A Development Course
Faculty can create a temporary course to prepare and develop content for a future term. Content from a previous course can be imported into the development course, and any changes can be made (syllabus, date adjustments, etc.).
Think of it as a private course development “staging area.” No students will be enrolled in the development course.
Use this option if you plan to make many changes, or just want to get an early start.
- Create a development course
See: Make A New “Sandbox” Course
You may name the development course whatever you like. It is a temporary course, and can be deleted (or not) after the process of moving to a new semester in complete.
- Import content from a previous Official course into the development course
See: How do I import content from another Canvas course?
The purpose of the development course is to provide a temporary place to work on a copy of the course content without altering the state of a past course (it is important that previous courses be intact for posterity and record keeping purposes).
- Import content from the development course to a new official course
Finally, import the updated content from the sandbox course into the official course, so it can be available to students when the course begins.
Official district courses are created two weeks prior to the first day of each term.
- Delete the development course (OPTIONAL)
Once the content has been imported into a new official course, the development course can be deleted if no longer needed.
See: How To Delete A Course
Method B: Import From A Previous Course
Any time during the two weeks before the first day of the semester, faculty may import content from a previous Official course directly into a new official course (without the use of a temporary development course).
Faculty have TWO WEEKS before the beginning of each term to import previous content, make changes, and prepare for the new semester.
See the Canvas Guide:
- A single development course can be imported into multiple official courses. This minimizes the amount of work required to make changes, and ensures consistency in all multiple sections.
- Use a single development course as a template. Make minor modifications in the template, then import changes into the official course(s) throughout the semester, as needed.