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How do I export a Canvas course?

How do I export a Canvas course?

You can export a Canvas course to give to someone in another Canvas account, to upload to another institution's account at a later date, or to create a copy as a backup on your local computer. You can import an export file into Canvas at any time.

Exports are packaged as IMSCC ZIP files, which can only be opened by programs that support Common Cartridge files. You can also change the extension from .imscc to .zip and treat it as any other ZIP file.

Notes:

  • Canvas exports do not include backups of student interactions and grades. Grades can be exported separately as a comma separated values (CSV) file.
  • Some external app LTI tools such as Google Drive and Office 365 do not retain tool configurations in exported courses. You may consider copying the course instead.
  • Canvas does not support course export files over 50 GB. Courses over 50 GB in size will not export and will display an error message when you attempt to export.

Open Settings

Open Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

Export Course

Export Course

Click the Export Course Content link.

Select Export Type

Select Export Type

In the Export Type heading, click the Course radio button [1]. Click the Create Export button [2].

Note: If you have previously exported the course, Canvas will display prior exports under the Content Exports heading.

View Export Process

View the progress bar. Exporting a course in Canvas may take a few minutes, depending on its size. You will receive an email when the export is complete.

Download New Export

Download New Export

When your download is ready, click the New Export link.

Note: Content exports expire after 30 days and can no longer be downloaded.

Comments

Can I use export content to send assignments and videos to a student that does not have access to the internet?

@canderson76 for that use case you probably want to check out How do I view course content offline as an ePub file as an instructor? and How do I allow course content to be exported as an offline HTML file? or How do I view course content offline as an ePub file as a student? to provide access to this student. However, keep in mind that for file attachments and videos, only files uploaded and embedded directly in the content will be included in this offline file. If you, for example, have a link to a YouTube video, it will only show the link but will not download the video, making it inaccessible without an internet connection. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Thanks,

- Nathan

Who has the right to Export course content? Can students do this without instructor permissions? And will it export quizzes? 

Hi @scho0410

Thanks for the question. The Course Import tool is something only instructors have access to. If allowed in your course settings, you can allow students to download course content as an HTML file or as an ePub file

Hopefully this helps answer your questions. Please reach out if my teammates and I can help with anything else. 

Thanks, 

Allie 

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