How do I import content from another CourseWorks (Canvas) course?

**Note**This is not how to migrate content for CourseWorks (Sakai) to CourseWorks (Canvas)

How do I import content from another Canvas course?

Import content from another Canvas course when you want to use or repurpose previously created content including course settings, syllabus, assignments, modules, files, pages, and discussions. You can also import and adjust events and due dates.

If you are an instructor, you can only import content from your previous courses. Admins can import content from any course in the account. Not all content can be copied as part of a course. Learn about content imports.


Draft State settings are retained in course imports. If an assignment is unpublished in a course, the assignment will also be unpublished in the content import.
Importing a course more than once may have unintended consequences. If you import content into a new course, edit the content in the new course, and later import the previous content again, the imported content will override the existing content.

Open Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

Import Content into Course

Click the Import Content into this Course button.

Select Content Type

In the Content Type drop-down menu, select the Copy a Canvas Course option.

Search for a Course

In the Search for a course drop-down menu [1], select the course you would like to access. You can also choose to include completed courses by selecting the completed courses checkbox [2].

You can also search by course name in the Course Name field [3]. Start to type the name of the course you would like to access. Click the name of the course when it appears.

Select Migration Content

To import all content from the course, select the All Content radio button [1].

If you want to select specific content, click the Select specific content radio button [2].

Note: If you select the specific content option, you are required to select the content you want to import; this action cannot be cancelled.

Adjust Events and Due Dates

If you want to adjust the due dates associated with the course events and assignments, click the Adjust events and due dates checkbox.

Import Course

Click the Import button.

View Current Jobs

The Current Jobs section displays the status of your import. Running reports display a menu bar with the time remaining to complete the import [1].

If you chose to select specific content in your course, the current job will show as Waiting for Select [2], which means you must select the content you want to import.

The import may also display other status indicators as part of the import process. Learn more about course import statuses.

View the content from any completed imports by accessing any link in Course Navigation.

From Canvas Instructor Guides

Updated: August 7th, 2016; CTL

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