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Copying content in Canvas

DrNufer
Community Advocate
Community Advocate
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Although the copy/paste function on computers is a useful tool, there are better approaches for copying, duplicating, and sharing content within Canvas.

A main problem with the copy/paste approach in Canvas is that it leaves too much room for error. The process would entail copying the page content in either the Rich Content Editor or the HTML editor, creating a new page, pasting the content into the page, and saving the page. Although this is not incredibly onerous, with so many steps there is room for error. It’s possible that not all of the content got copied (or too much got copied), and what if you exit the page without saving? There are quicker ways to complete this process that require fewer steps with less chance for error.

Check out this video and learn:

  • What NOT to do!
  • Duplicate content
  • Sharing content with a colleague
  • Copying content to another course
  • Share to Canvas Commons
  • Bonus: importing content from Commons

3 Comments
jgs_CPP
Community Member

This helps a lot, Dr. Nufer. But...

How can I copy my syllabus from one course to another? Our trainers encouraged us to avoid attachment files so I did. 

I think I'm back to open the syllabus in the RCE. Then ctrl-A, ctrl-C. Onto syllabus in the other course. ctl-V. Then clean up everything.

-- jgs

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

@jgs_CPP  You can use the Import Course Content feature to copy a syllabus from one course into another course by selecting the content you'd like to import. This is detailed in  How do I copy content from another Canvas course u... ; remember to click the 'Selected Specific Content' radio button so that you don't inadvertently overwrite the course, and then select Syllabus Body from the list that populates after you click the Import button.

jgs_CPP
Community Member

Thank you @Stefanie . Just did it. No problems. 

-- jgs