Canvas: Get Started for Spring 2017

Autumn Semester 2016 is coming to an end, and you are likely looking ahead to Spring 17.  As you prepare for the spring semester, you will need to do two things for each of your courses in Canvas.  Below, you will find resources to walk you through the steps for each process.

  1. Create your course (see ODEE’s instructional post here)
  2. Import content (see our previous post about importing content here, or the Canvas guide here)

If you are developing an entirely new course in Canvas, you may not be importing content, but creating everything from scratch.  For help with any questions you have, we recommend you start at or page through some of our posts on creating  course content in Canvas (here is our overview of Canvas information)

As always, if you have specific questions feel free to contact CON IT services at Best of luck creating your SP 17 courses!



Importing your Canvas Master Course to sections

For those instructors who have a Master Course set up in Canvas and need to import the material to course sections for the upcoming semester, here’s your how-to:

Once the Master Course is complete, go into your upcoming course in Canvas, and  click on “Settings” on the bottom left of your course page.
​ Then click on “Import Content into this Course” on the right hand side of the page.
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​ You can choose where you want your files to come from, and which course you’re copying.
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Then click the shiny red button and your course will be imported!

Finally, for those who like to troubleshoot on your own, follow this link to see the Canvas guide on importing courses, or go to  Canvas’s Instructor Guide. It’s a great place to go and learn about Canvas and get your questions answered.

Carmen – Copy course material

  1. Go into Carmen and enter the destination course.
  2. Click on “Edit Course”.
  3. Click on Import/Export/Copy Components.
  4. Under Copy Components from another Org Unit, click Search for offering.
  5. Type in the course number (or leave blank to see all courses) and click on the magnifying glass.
  6. Check the button next to the course and click on Add Selected.
  7. Click on Copy All Components (to copy everything) or choose Select Components to pick and choose what to copy.  Generally, copying all components is a good choice for moving from one semester to the next.
  8. Wait while the course components copy.
  9. You will see a green checkmark when the copying is finished. (If you don’t, see the NOTE below.)
  10. Click on View Content or any other link in the navbar to see what’s been copied over.

NOTE: If the course copy process produced an error, stop and send an email to with the following information:

  1. The course name and number in parentheses as it appears in Carmen that you are copying into (the new course).
  2. The course name and number in parentheses as it appears in Carmen that are copying from (the old course).
  3.  A screenshot of the error or the text of the error message you received.

Errors in course copying are sometimes caused by blank content modules or submodules in the old course from which you are copying, or they can be caused by content files that are “broken.”  Look for red exclamation marks in your Carmen Content items in the old course.  Removing those items may resolve the error encountered during the course copy process.

Red exclamation in Carmen Content