Working with Canvas – Readying for the Next Semester

Though some of you may simply be trying to finish things out for this semester, I know that many of you are readying for next semester.

If you will be teaching a course that you have taught before, it is amazingly easy to copy it for the next semester in Canvas.   It takes seven steps, but they are all very intuitive once you have started the process.

  1. Select the upcoming course where you want information transferred.
    This can be done either in your dashboard or by clicking Courses in your left-sided menu and then choosing the course.
  2. Once you are inside the course, click Settings in the course’s left-sided menu (Figure 1).

    Figure 1: Course Settings
    Figure 1: Course Settings
  3. A new window will open that shows you all the settings for the course.  You may want to explore this a bit; there are many things you can adjust that are beneficial when arranging the course.  However, for now, just go to the right-sided menu and click Import Course Content (Figure 2).

    Figure 2: Import Course Content
    Figure 2: Import Course Content
  4. In the window that opens, you will then use the Content Type drop-down menu to select Copy a Canvas Course (Figure 3).

    Figure 3: Copy a Canvas Course
    Figure 3: Copy a Canvas Course
  5. Once you have selected the option to Copy a course, you will want to tell it which course you want to copy.   A new drop-down menu, titled Search for a Course, will appear on your screen. There, you can select from previous courses. Canvas will  keep the last few semesters’ courses for copying. If there is older content, you can tick the check-box to Include Competed Courses before you use the drop-down.

    Figure 4: Copy from Another Course
    Figure 4: Copy from Another Course
  6. I would assume that a primary reason for copying your course is not simply to have all the assignments, quizzes, and modules copied but also to have all the content copied over.  If you are, you will want to select the radio button for All Content.

    Figure 5: Choose to Copy Course Content
    Figure 5: Choose to Copy Course Content
  7. Next, you’re given the option that is by far the best part of copying a course in Canvas.  Canvas will take all the due dates for your assignments as well as events like test dates, readings, etc. and shift them to match the calendar for your upcoming term.  If you would like to have all the course dates automatically entered for the term, tick the checkbox for Adjust events and due dates (Figure 6: 1).
    Figure 6: Adjust Due Dates
    Figure 6: Adjust Due Dates

    Then, you will likely want to Shift the Dates to match the calendar for the upcoming semester.  Once you have ticked the radio button to Shift Dates (Figure 6: 2), you will want to change the first day of classes to the new term’s calendar.  Make certain that the Beginning Date calendar-drop-down is set for the first day of the semester from which you are importing and  then set the first day of classes for the new semester.   For WSU, you do not need to put in an ending date.

That’s it!  Everything will be copied over from your previous course. If you chose to selectively include content from the previous course, you will be shown a menu to choose what you want in the upcoming course.

I hope this makes things easier for you.  Have a stress-free semester!

 

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