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Copy Content from another course as an Instructor

Import Content allows you to copy content over from another Canvas site. This feature is helpful for instructors re-using course materials in a different term or duplicating existing content. Teachers can import an all content or select specific content.

Important Information about copying content:

You can only copy content from a course that you can currently access. This includes any past or future courses that allow instructor access outside active term dates. You must add other instructors to allow them to view/copy your content.

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.

Draft State settings are retained in course imports. If a module or assignment is published, it will remain published in the content import.

Copy Content Instructions


Step 1: Open Course Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.
screenshot of Name and Course Code fields

Step 2: Import Course Content

Click the Import Content into this Course button on the right menu in settings.

Identifying the import course content link in the course settings

Step 3: Select Content Type & Search for a Course

import content page in canvas
  1. In the Content Type drop-down menu, select the Copy a Canvas Course option.
  2. In the Search for a course drop-down menu, select the course you would like to access. You can also choose to include completed courses by selecting the completed courses checkbox. OR To search for a course by name, enter the name in the Course Name field. Click the name of the course when it appears.

Note: If you are an instructor, you can only import content from your previous courses. Admins can import content from any course in the account.

Step 4: Select Content to Copy

  1. Choose All Content to copy everything including course settings.
  2. Choose Select Specific Content to copy a type of content or individual items.
choose content to copy in canvas

Note: If you select specific content, 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. More information about the content selection can be found here.

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: Import Course when Ready

After specifying the course you’d like to copy from, selecting your content, and making any necessary changes to the due dates, you can click the Import Button. You will be brought to the Current Jobs page to see the progress. Once the status is Completed, your content has be copied over into your current course.