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D2L Course Migration to Canvas

This document describes how an instructor can export course content from D2L and import it into a Canvas course.

Canvas - Transferring Course Materials from D2L to Canvas (Instructor)

This document describes how an instructor can export course content from D2L and import it into a Canvas course.

If you would like to export your D2L course materials yourself to import into Canvas follow the process below.

Export Components from your D2L Course

You can export course components from D2L to import into Canvas to speed construction of your course in Canvas. This is an abbreviated set of instructions for exporting your D2L course. The full set of instructions are in: Learn@UW-Stout Exporting Course Components. The first step is to export your D2L course components in a format that we'll import into Canvas:

  1. Login to your D2L course.
  2. Click on Edit Course.
  3. Click on Import / Export / Copy Components.
  4. Select Export Components. Make sure "Include course files in the export package" is checked:

    Select "Export Components". Make sure "Include course files in the export package" is checked.

  5. Click Start.
  6. Select the course materials you want to export:

    Select the D2L course components you want to backup.

    If you have uploaded media files to D2L we recommend not exporting these to keep your backup to a reasonable size, and instead upload your media files to Kaltura My Media.  
  7. Click Continue.
  8. D2L will display a Confirm Components to Export window. Click Continue.
  9. D2L will export the course components. Depending on the amount of material in your course this could take anywhere from a few minutes to a half hour. When it is complete click Finish.
  10. D2L will display an Export Summary and a link to download a .zip file of your course export. Click the link to download the exported zip file to your computer:

    Click the link to download the exported zip file.

    Save the zip file somewhere on your computer where you'll remember to find it for the next step. We recommend saving the zip file to your OneDrive. Canvas courses currently have a quota of 1024 MB. If your D2L export file is larger than 1024 MB remove some of the items from your course backup to reduce the file size. 

    NOTE: Safari automatically unzips the zip file in to a separate folder, so you will have to turn off "Open Safe Files" before exporting (Safari-Preferences-General-Open Safe Files After Downloading).

Import your D2L Course Components into Canvas

  1. Login to your Canvas course.
  2. Click on Settings on the left-hand navigation bar. 
  3. Click on Import Content into this Course on the right hand side of the screen:

    Canvas Import course content image
  4. Next to Content Type click the drop-down menu and select D2L Export .zip format.
  5. Click Choose File. Navigate to the .zip file backup you created in D2L. 
  6. Select either All Content or Select Specific Content depending on what you want to import. 
  7. It is likely you will want to check Adjust Events and Due Dates since it is probable you are importing course materials from a previous semester and the dates won't match up. Often it is easiest to select Remove dates but you can also select Shift dates.
  8. Click Import:

    Import Content with Import button
  9. Canvas will import your course content. Depending on the amount of content this can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more. Once the file has been uploaded Canvas will display a progress bar showing you that it is running and importing content:

  10. Once Canvas has completed importing your D2L content it will show as completed and indicate if there were any issues:

  11. You can click on the issues to see a summary of the issues:

    Make note of the issues to address in your Canvas course. Clicking on the highlighted issues will take you to that page in your Canvas course for you to edit. There may be non-highlighted issues as well that may not have an analog in your Canvas course.
We recommend that you double check all of the material imported into your Canvas course. While content generally imports well there are some idiosyncrasies that require manual editing or updating. 

Keywords:D2L Migration Canvas Export Import course materials content   Doc ID:81586
Owner:Mike K.Group:UW Stout
Created:2018-04-12 13:32 CDTUpdated:2020-02-03 12:18 CDT
Sites:UW Stout
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