Copying a Canvas Course

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There are three main ways to copy a Canvas course from one shell to another:

Copy a Canvas Course

If you are copying your own content from one course shell to another, the “Copy a Canvas course” option is the recommended way to copy your course.

  1. Go to Course Settings
  2. Click on “Import Course Content” on the right side of the screen
  3. Choose Content Type “Copy a Canvas course”
  4. Search for your course or select from the drop-down menu
  5. Import Course

These steps are covered in more detail in the Canvas guide, How do I copy content from another Canvas course?

If you have more than 100 courses, you will only see a search box, and not a drop-down menu listing your courses. Some tips for searching:

  • Searches are not case-sensitive (cosc is as good as COSC)
  • Searches can include any part of the course name (COSC or 1336 or COSC-1336)
  • The search only looks at course name / course code (COSC-1336 works, but Programming Fundamentals does not)

Note that search results are labeled with their term, but not arranged chronologically by term.

If you have more than 100 courses and are having trouble copying because you are getting too many search results, a Canvas admin can deactivate your older courses. Contact your college Instructional Innovation Center for assistance.

Export/Import a Canvas Course

If you want to make a backup of your course, copy it to another Canvas instance (at another school, or to a Free-for-Teachers account), or share the content with someone outside the Alamo Colleges, you can export the course.

  1. Go to Course Settings
  2. Click on "Export Course Content" on the right side of the screen
  3. Choose the "Course" export option, and click "Create Export"
  4. Download the file

These steps are covered in more detail in the Canvas guide, How do I export a Canvas course?

The course can then be archived, shared with others, or imported into a different Canvas environment. Import instructions are covered in the Canvas guide, How do I import a Canvas course export package?

 

Q. Where is my export package?

A. On Windows computer, most downloaded files end up in your "Downloads" folder. Export packages have a unique extension of .imscc so they are easy to find.

If you are sharing your course export package with others, you have several options, depending on file size.

  • For files smaller than 20MB, you can email the file as an attachment
  • For files larger than 20MB, you can upload to cloud storage, such as your Office365 account, and share the link, or use a fileshare site, such as fileshare.alamo.edu. Contact your IT help desk for assistance.

Sharing to Canvas Commons

If you want to share all or part of your course with other instructors at Alamo Colleges, sharing the content to Commons is the easiest way to do so.

To share your course:

  1. Go to Course Settings
  2. Click on "Share to Commons" on the right side of the screen
  3. Choose your settings and add information such as description and tags
  4. Click "Share"

These steps are covered in more detail in the Canvas guide, How do I share a course to Commons?

For details on sharing individual resources or documents to Commons, see the Canvas guides How do I share a resource to Commons? and How do I share a document, image, video, or audio file to Commons?

You can choose to share the resource with the Public (any Canvas user anywhere), All of Alamo Colleges, or with a select group. Group are currently set up at the college level only. If you want to share with a smaller group of faculty - such as a single department - and do not want it to be visible to other departments, the Export/Import process might be a better option.

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