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Course Content Import (Instructors)

Course Content Import (Instructors)

In this video, you will learn how to import course content using the Course Import Tool.

Last updated 2023-06-02


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In this video, you will learn how to import course content using the Course Import Tool.

From the course home page, click the Import Existing Content button. In the Content Type drop-down menu, select the type of content you will upload to your course. You can import content directly from another Canvas course by selecting the Copy a Canvas Course option. You can also import course content packages from Canvas, unzip course content files, upload course content files from another LMS, or upload a QTI file.

If you choose to copy content from another Canvas course, use the Select a course drop-down menu or type the name of a course in the Course name search field. To include concluded courses in your search, click the Include completed courses checkbox. Choose to import all course content or to select specific content for your import.

If you want Canvas to automatically adjust event and due dates in the import, click the Adjust Events and Due Dates checkbox and select dates using the calendar fields, or remove all due dates by selecting the Remove dates option.

To begin the content import, click the Import button. If you chose to select specific content for your import, click the Select Content button. Then select the course content you want to include in the import.

You can check the status of the import at any time on the Current Jobs page. If an error occurs during import, Canvas displays a Failed badge and a link to view the issues. To view imported content, click any applicable link in Course Navigation.

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