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Copying Content from One Canvas Course Into Another Canvas Course

Adapted from Yale University article

Canvas supports the ability to copy / import course content from one course to another. This functionality allows instructors to roll over course materials from semester to semester, course to course, without having to recreate a course from scratch. This copy process creates a clean version of course items like discussions, assignments, and quizzes in the receiving course site.


Copy a Canvas Course

  1. Start in the Canvas course you wish to copy materials into, click Settings in your course navigation bar.
  2. Click on the Course Details tab across the top.
  3. Click Import Course Content on the right-hand side.

  1. From the Content Type drop down menu, select Copy a Canvas Course.
  2. Complete the "Import Content" form that appears.
  3. Search for a course: Select the course you want to import from using the drop down menu, or search for the course name in the adjacent text box.
  4. If the course is in a past term, make sure to click the Include completed courses checkbox to find it.
  5. Content: Click Select specific content to copy in specific items from the course selected.
  6. Click the Import button.

Selecting Specific Content

  1. You will see your import listed under the Current Jobs area of the Import Content Page. To choose which parts of your source course will be copied, click the Select Content button to the far right of the job.

  1. In the Select Content pop-up box that appears, select the checkboxes next to the content that you want to copy.
  2. For some content types, you may be able to expand and see more options by clicking on the down arrows. Use this to have more granular control of which course items you want to copy.
  3. When you have selected everything that you want, click the Select Content button. The process will begin and your selected course materials will be imported. Depending on how large the content is, this process may take several minutes to complete. You will be able to see the progress under the Current Jobs section of the Import Content page.

Select content

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