Export Course Content and Student Data

UWF will move to Canvas in Fall 2018. All active courses and attached files in the Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018 terms will be migrated into Canvas for you. If you have courses that are in development, ex: a master course shell that is used to populate active courses or a development shell that you use to work on a course, these will not be migrated. Courses also not from the previously mentioned terms will not be migrated.  You will need to back up these courses on your computer to have access to them and the files in them after the transition. Here is how to do that!

Export and Save Your Course.

  1. Log in to your eLearning course.
  2. Go to My Tools > Edit Course.
  3. Select Import/Export/Copy Components  
  4. Select Export Components and check the box to include course files and then click Start.
  5. Click Select All Components to export the entire course. 
  6. Click Continue. Confirm Components to export and click Continue again.
  7. Once done, you will see green checkmarks next to each component to be exported.  Click Finish and then click on the link:  “Click here to download the export Zip package.”  If this is a large file (more than 600 megs), then it may take more than 15 minutes to download.
  8. Save the Zip package to your desktop or somewhere you can easily locate it for upload into Canvas. 

Save student work for archive/historical purposes.

  • Click on the Dropbox tool and then the link to the assignment folder.

  • Put checks by the papers you want to download. Note: if you want to select all the student papers click on the checkbox at the top of the left column, immediately to the left of the Delete button.

  • Click on the Download button. The student files will be combined into a single zipped file.

  • Save this zipped file to your computer. To open the zip file double-click or right-click on the zip file and select Open with Winzip. Winzip opens and lists the files. To extract the files click on the Extract button, select a location, and click Extract. All student papers are identified with the student's name in the file name.

Backup Your D2L Gradebooks.

The D2L gradebook can be exported as a CSV (comma separated value) text file which opens in Excel. To export a gradebook:

  1. Click on Export in the enter grades window.
  2. Select Username, Points Grade, Last Name, and First Name.
  3. Select the grade items you want to export (If you don't want all items, be sure to remove the check by "Export all items.")

Click Export to Excel or Export to CSV. You should see a popup dialog box prompting you to save the text file just created. Save it to an appropriate location. Excel can ope


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