Before copying your courses, review the steps listed below. This will help you decide if it’s worth your time to copy things on your own. If your courses include many of these problem features, you may want to have them migrated by OAI. You may also request to do it with the help of an instructional designer by filling out a consultation request.

Step 1: Review Your D2L Course Before Copying

Most of your course content will copy easily from D2L into your new Canvas course. However, there are some tools and features that do not exist in Canvas and others that exist in Canvas but don’t move over as you would expect. This page provides a list of all the tools to review during the copying process.

Step 2: Export Your D2L Course and Import to Canvas

Copying your course is done in two steps. First, you export your D2L course as a Brightspace Package using the Import/Export/Copy tool in the Course Admin area. The process of compressing your course content can take five minutes or quite a bit longer, depending on how much content you have and your internet speed. Exporting as a Brightspace Package creates a compressed zip file of your course. This will export the most material possible — be aware that exporting as a Common Cartridge file does not create a zip file and also exports less material. When your export is complete, there is another step to download it to your computer. Then you complete this process in your Canvas course, by importing the D2L zip file.

Step 3: Clean Up Your Migrated Canvas Course

Many issues that may arise during the move from D2L to Canvas can be avoided by first making updates to your D2L course (as is outlined in Step 1). However, you will still want to do a thorough review of your newly migrated course. This page goes over each of the tools and outlines the things that will likely need to be updated or recreated.