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How Do I Copy an I-Learn Course For Next Semester?

This tutorial shows how to copy a course that you will be teaching in a future semester.  In order to do so, you will have to be enrolled in the future course shell.  When you see the course show up on your I-Learn dashboard, you will know that you've been enrolled in the shells for your future courses.  In the case of copying a course from another instructor, you will also need to be temporarily enrolled in the course you will be copying.  Contact the FTC (x7230) for assistance with that process.

Students are generally enrolled in courses a few weeks before the new semester starts.  So even though your course may be copied, students may not show up in the course until later.

Go to Course

On your Canvas dashboard, click the empty course.

Click "Add Existing Content"

Click "Add existing content" to go to the import tool.

Select Content Type

In the dropdown menu, select "Copy a Canvas Course."

Select Course to Copy

  1. Select the course you want to copy content from by selecting from the dropdown menu OR searching the course's name or course code in the course name search bar.
  2. Select "All content" to copy the whole course.
  3. If you cannot see the course you want to copy from, check "Include completed courses."

If you're teaching multiple sections and cannot tell them apart in the dropdown menu or search bar, type the course code with a decimal point followed by the section number.  For example, if you are teaching sections 1 and 2 of FDENG 101 and you want to copy from section 1, type "FDENG 101.1" in the search bar.

Adjust Dates

The adjust dates tool automatically changes the dates to match the new semester.

  1. Check the box next to "Adjust events and due dates."
  2. Select "Shift dates" if you want to change the dates for the new semester or "Remove dates" if you want to remove them.
  3. In the "change to" boxes, enter the beginning and end dates for the upcoming semester
  4. If the days of the week you are teaching on will be changing, click "+ Substitution" and choose the appropriate days from each dropdown menu.
  5. Once all the adjustment settings are selected, click "import."

The adjust dates tool isn't always perfect – be sure to check the dates in the calendar and make adjustments as necessary.

If any parts of the course didn't copy properly, the complete indicator will be orange with a link to issues next to it.  Click the link to see a list of the broken links in the course.

Sometimes the links shown are not actually broken, but it's a good idea to check just in case.

Enable Feature Options

Under Feature Options in the course's settings, click the switches by the features you had enabled in your old course.  (Even if you had some of these feature options turned on in your old course, they won't automatically be enabled in the new one.)

The new gradebook is the most common feature option instructors use in their course.

Publish Course

Once the course is ready for students to see, click the publish button on the course homepage.

If you want to change the start and end dates of your course, follow these instructions.

If you have questions about cross-listing your courses (combining multiple sections into one course), see this tutorial.  For questions about blueprinting courses (copying from a common master course, sometimes referred to as parent/child courses), contact the FTC at x7230 for assistance.