How do I import a course template?

To make course building easier from term to term, year to year, you can use an existing public course template or you can export one of your previous courses and import it (as an IMSCC file) into a different course shell. Before importing a course template, you should have a course template file ready to import. If you would like to download a course template (see How do I download a course template?).

Before you import a course, there are a few things that you should know:

  1. If you plan to reuse content from a previous course, import the template first before importing content from the old course.
  2. Importing the same course export package more than once will overwrite any existing content in the course. To avoid this, re-download the export file to create a new course export file before re-importing the file into your course. When you import the new file, your course will include both the content initially imported and content from the re-downloaded export file.
  3. If you are importing a public course template, your course will inherit some settings from the imported course template, including course visibility and content license settings. Be sure to review and change these settings accordingly, as detailed below in Review your course Visibility and Content License settings.

If you plan to reuse content from a previous course, import the template first before importing content from the old course.

Importing the same course export package more than once will overwrite any existing content in the course. To avoid this, re-download the export file to create a new course export file before re-importing the file into your course. When you import the new file, your course will include both the content initially imported and content from the re-downloaded export file.

You can choose to upload the template to your Sandbox or course shell. If you choose to import to your Sandbox, you have the ability to import and copy any changes or updates to a course shell. For more details on this, please see How do I copy a Canvas course into a new course shell?

2. Go to Course Settings

  1. In Course Navigation, click Settings.

3. Select Import Course Content

  1. Click the Import Course Content.

4. Import Canvas Course Package

  1. In the Content Type drop-down menu, choose the Canvas Course Export Package option.
  2. For your source, select Choose File to select the Canvas Course Export Package (the Quercus Course template) you downloaded in Step 1.
  3. Choose if you would like to import the entire template, or select specific items from the template. NOTE: If you would like to select specific content, please see How do I select specific content as part of a course import?
  4. Select Import to begin importing your template.

5. View Current Jobs

  1. The Current Jobs section displays the status of your import. Running reports display a menu bar with the time remaining to complete the import. Once the template has been imported, it will say "Completed".

6. Select Home to view new Course Home Page

  1. To view your new course home page, select Home. Note: It will look like this if you downloaded the FASE Course Template.

7. Review your course Visibility and Content License settings

Your course may have inherited some settings from the imported course template. For example, if the course template you imported is set to public visibility and public domain license, your course will inherit these settings. Please check your course settings to ensure that the copyright license is set to Private and the course visibility to Course, as shown on the image below:

From your Course Settings

  1. Set License setting to Private
  2. Set Visibility setting to Course

8. Course Template Tools and Functionality

To help get you started, this course template has enabled the following tools and functionality:

  1. Bb Collaborate (Ultra) is enabled in the course menu.Bb Collaborate (ultra) is a web conferencing tool. It can be used for online office hours, virtual meetings, and webinars (see "Bb Collaborate Instructor Guides").
  2. New Analytics has been enabled in the course menu (see "What is New Analytics?").
  3. Grade Posting Policy has been changed to "Manually" for the entire course. In the Gradebook, you can select an automatic or manual grade posting policy for all course assignments. Posting policies determine grade visibility for students (see "How do I select a grade posting policy for a course in the Gradebook?and "New Gradebook: Post and Hide Grades").