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How to duplicate or copy your course in Instructure Canvas

The easiest way to duplicate your course in Instructure Canvas – and some or all of its content – is to use your existing course. If you’ve already received a new, empty lesson shell from your school, follow the instructions at the bottom of this tutorial.

Part 1: Duplicate an existing course
Navigate to the course you want to duplicate or copy to a new course and click Course Settings.

Select “Copy Course” from the right content panel.

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Enter the new course title and code for your new course, then add the start and end dates as shown below. If your school uses custom formats for course codes and titles, be sure to follow their guidelines (otherwise it becomes very difficult for tech support and school administrators to manage).

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Under the Content area, this is where you can copy everything from your previous course, or selectively copy from your previous course. If you want to keep most of your previous course content, it makes sense to select all content. You can always make small adjustments later. If, however, you only want to copy a small amount of content from your previous course, it makes much more sense to select the radio button for “specific content”.

If you also want to quickly change events and due dates (assuming your current/previous course has many content item due dates), it makes sense to also check the ‘Adjust events and due dates’ box. due dates” before moving to the “Create a course” button.

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You can click on calendar items to make date selection easier.

After clicking on the “Create course” button, you are on a screen with a drop-down list that allows you to select other packages to import into your new course. This can be useful if you’re coming from another learning management system, like Moodle or Blackboard. However, in this tutorial, all we’re doing is copying an existing Canvas course into a new Canvas course, so select the “Select Content” button.

You will now see a pop-up window with arrows and checkboxes. If you only see checkboxes, they are single items. If you see arrows, it means it’s a folder with more individual items to select, or another nested folder with content to select. You can click the arrows to expand them and select only the items you need. See sample screenshot below.

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Once you have finished selecting content items to include in your new course, click the “Select Content” button to complete the process of importing the Canvas course content into your new course. You should now see a completed status similar to this screenshot below:

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If your import ran into a problem, you can click the “problem” link to the right of the “completed” status and make sure you’ve read what may have gone wrong. You can then manually fix the link or whatever it may have caught your eye.

Part 2: Copy your previous course when your school has already created a blank, empty course shell for you
If your institution has already created a blank course shell, simply navigate to your course and select “Course Settings” in the left navigation.

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Then select “Import content into this course”.

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Now, from the drop-down menu at the top of the main screen, select “Copy a Canvas Course”. If you are copying from an export package or another LMS (such as Angel or Blackboard), select these options.

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You will now see a drop-down list of courses you have taught in the past to choose from. If you want to see “Completed Courses” as well, be sure to check that box. The drop-down list will now also reflect your completed courses. At this point, the rest of the procedure is almost identical to the procedure at the beginning of this article.

Under the Content area, this is where you can copy everything from your previous course, or selectively copy from your previous course. If you want to keep most of your previous course content, it makes sense to select all content. You can always make small adjustments later. If, however, you only want to copy a small amount of content from your previous course, it makes much more sense to select the radio button for “specific content”.

If you also want to quickly change events and due dates (assuming your current/previous course has many content item due dates), it makes sense to also check the ‘Adjust events and due dates’ box. due dates” before moving to the “Create a course” button. You can click on calendar items to make date selection easier.

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