Overview

Important: Each course has its own shell-- a structure to which you add your own content. Shells are generated automatically. Each section has its own shell, but if you teach multiple sections of the same course, you can combine sections into one shell to make them more manageable. You should do this before you add content to either of the shells to make sure the empty shell doesn't override the shell with content. Go to the Cross Listing Form to send a request to SUU Online to combine your shells.

You can add course content to your Canvas shell in several different ways:

  1. Creating content from scratch

  2. Uploading Files

  3. Importing pre-existing content from another LMS

  4. Copying/Importing a shell from a past semester

  5. Importing individual content from a different shell

  6. Importing content from a ZIP file

Creating Content from Scratch

Use the modules, assignments, discussions, quizzes, syllabus, etc. tools to create new content for your shell. Tutorials on the various tools can be found in the SUU Help Center.

Uploading Files

Upload files from your computer to your Canvas shell to include them in your course. Go to the Files tutorials in the SUU Help Center for more information on files.

Importing Pre-Existing Content from Another LMS

If you are starting from scratch for your face-to-face section but have a course backup file from another institution's system, such as Blackboard or Desire 2 Learn, contact SUU Online for assistance. Migration of this content is best handled by SUU Online.

Copying/Importing a Shell from a Past Semester

Copying shells is mainly used by instructors who are going to teach the same course in subsequent semesters. This function copies all of the content from one semester and imports it into a new shell. For example, Professor Tbird is teaching UNIV-1115 during the Spring 2015 semester. Professor Tbird is also teaching UNIV-1115 during the Fall 2015 semester. Rather than remaking all of the quizzes, assignments, pages, etc. for the fall semester, Professor Tbird just copies the entire Spring 2015 shell into his new Fall 2015 shell and adjusts the due dates and other details he wants to change.

Step 1

Open your course and select Settings from the left navigation pane.

Screenshot of the Course Setup Checklist

Step 2

Select the Import Content into this Course button from the options in the top right corner.

Screenshot of the Import Content window.

Step 3

You will be taken to the Import Content page. Select the dropdown menu next to Content Type and select Copy a Canvas Course.

Screenshot of the Copy a Canvas Course option.

Step 4

Type in a specific course to select the course from which you want to copy. Select the box next to Include completed courses if that option is pertinent to your search.

Screenshot of searching for a course.

Step 5

Select All content in the Content section. If you want to push the due dates of the past semester forward or remove all of the dates associated with the content, select Adjust events and due dates.

Screenshot of the dates.

Step 6

If you selected Adjust events and due dates, two new options will appear. To push the already existing due dates forward to correspond to the new semester, select Shift dates. To remove all dates and reset them my hand, select Remove dates.

Dates will be removed from

Assignments (due, availability, and peer-review dates)

Announcements (post delay dates)

Quizzes (due, availability, and show correct answers dates)

Calendar events (start and end dates)

Modules (unlock dates)

Screenshot of the date adjustment options.

Step 7

If you selected Shift dates, four new fields will appear. In the first Beginning Date field, use the calendar to select the start date of the past semester from which you are importing. In the Change To field, insert the date that the new semester starts. Repeat with the other fields but insert the ending dates instead of the beginning dates.

Screenshot of shifting the dates.

Step 8

In addition to pushing dates forward, you can change days of the week to adjust for changing class schedules. For example, if you taught a class on Mondays and Wednesdays during last semester, but the class is now offered on Tuesday and Thursday, you can create date substitutions so that you don't have to change the dates by hand. You can add as many substitutions as you need by selecting +Substitution, and they can be removed by selecting the X on the right.

Screenshot of date substitutions.

Step 9

Once all of the import settings are as you would like them, select Import to start the copy.

Screenshot of the Import button.

Step 10

The Current Jobs section will appear, and you will see your import at the top of the list. The import may be Queued for a few minutes, but then you will see that the job is Running. A green Completed icon will appear when the migration is complete. If you see a yellow Completed icon or a red Failed icon, select X issues to the right to view the issues (content that didn't import correctly).

Screenshot of the Completed option.

All of the content from the past semester is now in your new shell (excluding issues).

Importing Individual Content from a Different Shell

In addition to importing an entire shell, Canvas also allows users to copy individual items such as quizzes, pages, files, etc. This function is useful for situations in which the new shell includes content from a different course, but the two courses aren't similar enough for copying the entire shell to be efficient. Instructors can copy content of past and other current courses.

Step 1

Open your new Canvas shell into which you want to import previous course content and then select Settings from the left navigation pane.

Screenshot of the Course Setup Checklist

Step 2

Select Import Content into this Course from the options in the top right corner.

Screenshot of the Import Content window.

Step 3

You will be taken to the Import Content page. Select the dropdown menu next to Content Type and select Copy a Canvas Course.

Screenshot of the Copy a Canvas Course option.

Step 4

Type in a specific course to select the course from which you want to copy. Select the box next to Include completed courses if that option is pertinent to your search.

Screenshot of searching for a course.

Step 5

Select Select Specific Content in the Content section and then select Import.

Screenshot of the Content section and Import button.

Step 6

In the Current Jobs section, you will see your import job at the top of the list. Select the blue Select Content button on the right to choose which items you want to copy.

Screenshot of the Select Content button.

Step 7

To import all of one category, select the box furthest to the left. To choose individual items, select the black arrow to display the items and select the appropriate boxes. Then select Select Content.

Screenshot of selecting items.

Step 8

You will see that the job is Running. A green Completed icon will appear when the migration is complete. If you see a yellow Completed icon or a red Failed icon, select X issues to the right to view the issues (content that didn't import correctly).

Screenshot of a running job.

The content you selected is now available in your new shell.

Importing Content from a ZIP File

If you receive a ZIP file from a publisher to include in your Canvas shell, follow the following steps to import the file into your shell. Respondus also creates ZIP files that can be uploaded to Canvas. For instructions on importing a ZIP file from Respondus, review the Save Respondus Quizzes as an IMS QTI 1.1 File tutorial for instructions on saving the quiz as a ZIP file and then return to this tutorial for instructions on uploading the file to Canvas.

Step 1

Open your new Canvas shell into which you want to import previous course content and then select Settings from the left navigation pane.

Screenshot of the Course Setup Checklist

Step 2

Select Import Content into this course from the options in the top right corner.

Screenshot of the Import Content window.

Step 3

Select the Content Type dropdown menu and select QTI .zip file at the bottom.

Screenshot of the Content Type dropdown menu.

Step 4

Select Browse and open your file. Next, select the box in the Options section if you want to overwrite content (select the ? for details). Then use the dropdown menu to select a question bank into which to import the quiz questions. You can also create a new question bank.

Screenshot of importing a QTI zip file.

Step 5

Select Import.

Screenshot of the Import button.

Step 6

The Current Jobs section will appear, and you will see your import at the top of the list. The import may be Queued for a few minutes, but then you will see that the job is Running. A green Completed icon will appear when the migration is complete. If you see a yellow Completed icon or a red Failed icon, select X issues to the right to view the issues (content that didn't import correctly).

Screenshot of a running job.

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