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  • In this lesson, you will learn how to import a Canvas course export package.

    Notes:

    • Draft State settings are retained in course imports. If an assignment is unpublished as part of a course export, the assignment will also be unpublished in the course import.
    • When importing a Canvas course export package, the package will overwrite some of the existing course settings. For example, if your destination course is set up with a private copyright, and you import a package that has a creative commons (CC) copyright, the copyright license in the destination course will change from Private to CC. We suggest you revisit the course settings after any course import to make sure important settings are still in place.
    • 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 same content again, your new course will include both the edited and original content.
    • Courses are allotted 500MB quota for file storage. Administrators at your institution set the file storage quota for each course.
    Tags Canvas, course export, Course Import Tool, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • You can copy course content such as assignments, modules, pages, and discussions from previous Canvas courses into existing courses.

    This option allows you to copy content into existing courses. You may be able to copy content into a new course shell.

    Notes:

    • 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 If an assignment is unpublished in a course, the assignment will also be unpublished in the content import.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.
    • Not all content can be copied as part of a course.
    Tags Canvas, copy content, Course Import Tool, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • If you are allowed to create a canvas courses, you can copy a course and create a new course shell. New courses created through the Canvas interface are placed in the manually created courses subaccount.

    Copy content from another Canvas course when you want to use or repurpose previously created content including course settings, syllabus, assignments, modules, files, pages, discussions, quizzes, and question banks. You can also copy or adjust events and due dates. Not all content can be copied as part of a course.

    Notes:

    • Draft State settings are retained in course copies. If an assignment is unpublished in a course, the assignment will also be unpublished in the course copy.
    • 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.
    • When manually copying a course, the user who copies the course will automatically be added to the course with an instructor role.
    • If the Copy this Course button does not appear in Course Settings, this feature has been restricted by your institution. However, if you already have access to a course shell, you can copy a course through the Course Import Tool.
    Tags Canvas, course copy, Course Import Tool, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • Updated on: Jun 24, 2017

    How do I permanently delete a course?

    Once you delete a course, the course will be completely removed from your institution's account and will not be viewable by you, prior students, or the account administrator. We do not recommend deleting courses, especially if the course contains content and student data because you may need to access that information a later date.

    If you only want to remove the course from Courses & Groups in the Global Navigation, you can change the course end date, or if you have permission, conclude your course instead.

    Notes:

    • Before you delete your course, make sure you have a record of your Course ID number. Administrators can restore deleted courses if they know the Course ID number. You can locate your Course ID number at the end of your course URL (i.e. canvas.instructure.com/courses/XXXXXX).
    • Deleting a course is a course permission for manually created courses only. If the Permanently Delete this Course button does not appear in Course Settings and your course was not generated through a student information system (SIS), this setting has been restricted for your course. If you are an instructor, contact your admin for assistance.
    Tags Canvas, course state, delete course, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • When a course is completed and you want to provide read-only access to the course, you may be able to conclude the course manually in Canvas. However, if your institution uses software that automatically concludes enrollments, you do not have to manually end your course since the end date of the course will automatically conclude the course on your behalf.

    When courses are manually concluded, all enrollments are removed from the course and placed in the prior enrollments page. All users in the course will have read-only access. This change applies to all enrollments, including course instructors. Instructor-based roles will no longer have the same access in the course and will result in loss of course functionality and user information, such as viewing SIS data. If full functionality is still required for instructors but you want to conclude the course for students, learn how to change the end date of your course instead.

    Once a course is concluded, if you do not want students to be able to view the course at all, you can restrict students from viewing prior courses.

    Note: Manually concluding a course is a course permission. If the Conclude this Course button does not appear in Course Settings, this setting has been restricted for your course.

    Tags Canvas, conclude course, course state, Courses, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • Updated on: Jun 24, 2017

    How do I reset course content?

    If you have permission as an instructor, you can reset course content with your course Settings in Canvas. However, resetting course content permanently removes all content and it cannot be recovered.

    When you reset course content, you reset all content in the course including:

    • Course ID—external URLs will no longer direct back to the course unless they are manually changed
    • LTI tools added at the course level

     

    Course details and enrollments will remain intact within your course. Following the content reset, your course will no longer appear in the Dashboard and must be viewed through the Courses Menu in Global Navigation.

    Note: If you cannot reset course content, this feature has been restricted by your institution.

    Tags Canvas, Course Settings, Instructor, Instructor Guide, Settings
  • You can view a course the same way that your students view your course through Student View. Enabling Student View creates a Test Student in your course. You can activate Student View in your Course Settings.

    To see the student's perspective on Canvas, use Student View to view the course, post and reply to discussions, submit assignments, view grades, view people, view pages, view the syllabus, view quizzes, view the calendar, and view the scheduler (if enabled).

    Attendance, conferences, conversations, collaborations, differentiated assignments, groups, peer reviews, and profiles do not work for the Test Student. You will see only what you, as the instructor, allow your students to see.

    Notes:

    • Each Canvas course has a separate Test Student account. Whenever you move to a new course you will need to enable Student View for that course.
    • Submissions and scores for the Test Student do not affect course analytics.
    • You can only view the course layout as it is seen by your students. You cannot view student-specific information, such as conversations between students.
    • Once you activate Student View, the Test Student is shown at the end of the Gradebook and is automatically added to every section in your course. If you want to remove the test student completely, you will have to remove the test student from your section enrollments.
    Tags Canvas, Course Settings, Instructor, Instructor Guide, Settings, Student View
  • Updated on: Jun 24, 2017

    How do I validate links in a course?

    As an instructor, you can verify all external links throughout your course to ensure they are valid. You can check these links using the course link validator, which searches through course content and returns invalid or unresponsive external links in both published and unpublished content. However, please note that some links flagged as unresponsive are inaccessible by Canvas servers and will still work for students.

    The link validator also includes deleted links. Deleted links are links that are still in the course, but their linked content has been deleted (such as a course file or page).

    Tags Canvas, Course Settings, Instructor, Instructor Guide, links
  • Updated on: Jun 24, 2017

    How do I create a survey in my course?

    You can use Surveys to receive feedback from your students or give them some extra points by responding to a Survey.

    Note: Student Analysis for Surveys must be downloaded as a CSV file. Item Analysis is not available for Surveys.

    Tags Canvas, Instructor, Instructor Guide, quiz, Quizzes, survey, Surveys, test, tests
  • Canvas is continually creating new features to improve your experience. The majority of improvements will be made available as part of our regular release cycle. However, some features may change the workflow for common activities in Canvas during your current term and will be placed in your Course Settings as a Feature Option. After a specified period of time, some Feature Options may become standard features in Canvas. Learn more about Feature Options and how to enable them in the manage new features lesson.

    Feature Option Availability

    Feature Options are enabled by your institutional admin. The following Feature Options are currently available for your institution as noted in their respective environments (beta or production). If you do not see them available in your Course Settings Feature Options, please contact your admin.

    Account-Level Features

    Please note that course feature options can be enforced for an entire account instead of being allowed on a course-by-course basis.

    Note: Some feature options may not be available in Free-for-Teacher accounts. Please view the Canvas Account Comparisons PDF.

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