How do I select specific content as part of a course import?

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When importing course content with the Course Import Tool, you can choose to select specific content as part of the import. This option allows you to select specific content areas such as assignments, settings, and files without importing the entire course.

Not all content can be copied as part of a course.


  • Importing a course more than once may have unintended consequences. If you import content into a new course, edit the content in the new course, and later import the previous content again, the imported content will override the existing content.
  • If you change your mind after the import has started and you want to import all course content, you can import all content by selecting each item for a content type.
  • For information about the Course Import Tool's limitations, view the Course Import Tool overview.

Open Settings

Open Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

Import Content into Course

Import Content into this Course button

Click the Import Course Content link.

Select Content Type

Import Content from D2L

In the Content Type drop-down menu, select the content type you want to import. Complete any additional fields required for the content.

Select Specific Content

Select Course

In the Content section, click the Select specific content radio button.

Import Course

Import Course

Click the Import button.

Select Content

  Course Extraction Email

In the Current Jobs section, click the Select Content button.

Select All Group Content

Select Content to Import

Content can be individual items [1] or a content group [2]. Content groups show the number of items within the group. To view content within a group, click the group's expand icon [3].

To import all content for a content type, click the checkbox next to the content name [4]. If the content type is a group, Canvas automatically selects all items within the group.

Select Specific Group Content

  Select Specific Group Content

To import only a few items from a content group, expand the group and select the specific items to be imported [1]. Canvas places a dash in the content group checkbox [2], indicating not all items are selected within the group.

Select Thin Common Cartridge Content

Select Thin Common Cartridge Content

If you imported a Thin Common Cartridge file (Common Cartridge import), this file type is imported directly as module content. The structure can be expanded to view a nested layout that simulates the content structure. Learn how to select content with Thin Common Cartridge files.

Select Content

Select Content

Click the Select Content button.

View Current Jobs

  Course Extraction Email

The report displays a menu bar with the time remaining to complete the import. View the content from any completed imports by accessing any link in Course Navigation.

The import may also display errors as part of the import status. Learn more about course import statuses.

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