SandBox to Course

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Our courses have not been finalized, but I would like to prep for the school year.  Once courses and schedules are set they will automatically be loaded into Canvas.  Can I work on a Sandbox Course and then transfer EVERYTHING (template, links, layout, etc) to the actual course when loaded by the district?

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Instructure Alumni


Yes, this is an excellent idea, and you should be able to do this. If your school has already provided you with a sandbox course, you're off to a good start (and if you don't yet have one, your local Canvas admin should be able to provision one for you). After you've built out the course content in the sandbox you can either export-import the content or import the content directly into the live course loaded by the district.

Here are the relevant resources you'll need to move the content:

How do I export a Canvas course? 

How do I import a Canvas course export package? 

How do I copy a Canvas course into a new course shell? 

Good luck! Stay safe, and stay well. 🙂

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