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How to Migrate Course from D2L to Canvas

This document explains how to move a course from D2L to Canvas.

To move your course from D2L to Canvas, you have to first create a file called a zip package which you can then upload into Canvas.

To create the zip package.

In your D2L course, go to the "edit course" area.

Edit Course

Then, select "Import/Export/Copy Components" from the forest of icons.
Import export copy components

Select "export components" and click "start"

export components

Select the items you want to export and press "continue."

Select documents and press start

Confirm that these are the course items you want and press "continue" again. (This will seem redundant.)

Press continue again

Press "Finish" once the items you selected have check marks next to them.

Press finish


Click the Click here to download the export Zip package link and the file will download to your default download location.
Click the Click here to download the export Zip package link and the file will download to your default download location.

To Import the zip package into Canvas

Also see the document below in the Canvas Instructor Guide.

Open Settings

Open Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

Import Content into Course

Import Content into this Course button

Click the Import Course Content link.

Select Content Type

Import Content from D2L

In the Content Type drop-down menu, select the D2L export .zip format option.

Choose File

Choose File

Click the Choose File button.

Open File

Locate .zip file

Find and click the D2L .zip file you want to import [1]. Click the Open button [2].

Select Question Bank

Select Question Bank

In the Default Question bank drop-down menu, select the Question bank you want to use for your question bank.

Create Question Bank

Create Question Bank

If you do not have a question bank you want to use, you can create a new question bank. In the drop-down menu, select the Create new question bank option.

Select Migration Content

Select Course

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 after you review the remaining page options. After you start importing the content, the import selection cannot be canceled.  

Adjust Events and Due Dates

Select Course

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

Import Course

Click the Import button.

View Current Jobs

  Course Extraction Email 

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.




Keywords:Canvas, D2L, migrate, move, change, LMS   Doc ID:84208
Owner:Todd D.Group:UW Green Bay
Created:2018-07-23 10:20 CDTUpdated:2018-07-23 14:59 CDT
Sites:UW Green Bay
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