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Data bridge between D2L and Canvas?

We are attempting to solve an interesting problem with how we handle the sharing of a course outside of our organization. They currently use D2L while we use Canvas. However, we were wondering if there is a clean way to bridge between these two platforms or if there was any insight as to how this could be done cleanly? Currently the prospect of transferring a course from Canvas to D2L has been problematic and ideally we'd be able to provide the course via Canvas to their students without a lot of hoop jumping.

Does Canvas support an instanced version (Cloud) of particular courses for a student set outside of the organization of origin?

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In the past, I've used the Free for Teachers for courses outside of the typical organizational structure.  It works great, and there isn't the issue of converting from one LMS to another.  The negative is that students at the D2L school would need to work in 2 different LMS, and the Free for Teachers version wouldn't include any institutional branding.‌ may have more information.


D2L isn't an LMS I have any experience with, but have you tried exporting the content from Canvas and importing it into D2L? Is that failing in any specific ways?‌ If that's failing, and for some reason Free For Teachers doesn't work, you might have to look at hosting your content in a LMS agnostic platform like Google Drive or a blog or website, and embedding or linking to it from each LMS. There are some good examples here in the community of doing that with Canvas, and laurakgibbs‌ is the most prolific implementer of this style of course design that comes to mind.

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I've been using public open Canvas courses for content-sharing, but not with any students enrolled. I sure do like being able to create public open courses; that, for me, was the single biggest drawback of D2L (which we had for 10 years at my school; we are just now switching to Canvas this year).

Here's an example of a Canvas course I built to share ideas and materials, and I'm using a blog there as a front page of the course:

Twitter4 Canvas Home: Twitter4Canvas 

I've always been a believer in open pedagogy, and I really appreciate how Canvas lets us create public courses like this! 

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Thank you all for the great responses! (and apologies for the late reply - it's almost Spring Break so we've been rallying.

Importing projects from Canvas to D2L is very limited, even when I'm careful to craft a course as low-weight as possible. It will do it, but it's just fragmented. Additionally, the grade book criteria is so different it would take a lot of massaging to make things work together properly.

Probably not impossible, just very challenging and time consuming. The biggest stumbling block is that we're needing grades to all end up in D2L (since they cannot convert to Canvas at this time) - so a surrogate LMS wouldn't work, per se, though it's a good suggestion. 

Will continue to explore options - thank you all again!

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 @mlyonhouse ,

Were you able to find an answer to your question? I am going to go ahead and mark this question as answered because there hasn't been any more activity in a while so I assume that you have the information that you need. If you still have a question about this or if you have information that you would like to share with the community, by all means, please do come back and leave a comment.  Also, if this question has been answered by one of the previous replies, please feel free to mark that answer as correct.