How do I view course content offline as an HTML file as an instructor?

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If your institution has enabled offline content, you can view your course offline as an HTML file. You can download the HTML file from the Modules page. Currently HTML files can only be generated in the browser version of Canvas and are only supported on a computer.

HTML offline content is for offline viewing only; you cannot interact with course content directly, such as completing an assignment or viewing any submissions. In the HTML file, you can view assignment details, availability dates, and point values. Discussions and quizzes only include the description. All discussion replies (graded or ungraded) are considered submissions and must be viewed online. Additionally, you can view any embedded media files in the HTML file. If a link can only be accessed online, the link includes an external icon identifying the content as online only.

Even if a course does not include modules, course content export packages include all course files, pages, and embedded files as long as the user has permission to view them. However, content items locked by modules or by date are not included in offline content, even if the item is not in a module. If a file is locked and related content links to the locked file, offline content shows that the content is not available.

Offline downloads include all content from the course at the time of the download. You will need to download the course each time you want to view updated course content. After the initial download, the export page shows the history of each download, and the Modules page shows the last time the content was exported.

User Guidelines

When exporting course content, all users are notified that they may not reproduce or communicate any of the content in the course, including exported files, without your institution's prior written permission. Please be aware of your institution's online user agreement guidelines, which may include specific course content requirements for instructors.

Notes:

  • If your course does not display the Export Course Content button, check the Course Settings page to see if offline content has been enabled. However, you may be able to allow students to export course content as an ePub file using the ePub Exporting feature option in Course Settings.
  • If your Course Home Page is set to Modules, you can export course content from the Course Home Page.
  • Offline content cannot be downloaded once a course is concluded.

Open Modules

Open Modules

In Course Navigation, click the Modules link.

Export Course Content

Export Course Content

Click the Export Course Content button.

Export Course

  Export Course 

The course will download to your computer as a ZIP file. 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.

View Export History

  View Export History 

When the export is complete, the Exported Package History page shows the most recent export. To download the export again, click the date of the export.

If you export the course again at a later date, the most recent export will always display in the page, along with previous exports.

Open ZIP File

Open ZIP File

Once the file has been downloaded, locate the ZIP file on your computer [1]. Double click the file to open the file.

When the file expands, open the course folder [2] and click the index.html file [3].

Open Course Content

  Open Course Content 

The HTML file will open in your default browser. Offline downloads include all content from the course at the time of the download [1]. You will need to download the course each time you want to view updated course content.

If any content can only be accessed online, the content link includes an external icon identifying the content as online only [2].

To view course files, click the Files link [3].

To open course content, click the name of the content [4].

View Course Content

  View Course Content 

View the content in the course file.

To view the next content item in the module, click the Next button [1].

To return to the main Modules page, click the name of the course in the page footer [2].

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