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When you export a backup copy of your D2L course using the Import/Export/Copy Components tool, student content (like grades and assignment submissions) is not included. Exporting those materials is intentionally difficult due to FERPA concerns. However, because of our Winter 2022 migration to Canvas, you may want to export student data for future reference.

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Export Instructor-Created Materials

There are three export options. The two Common Cartridge options include specific portions of course materials, but we recommend using the Export Components option which provides the most complete results. All export formats create a “package” file that can only be imported to another LMS, like Canvas. To download course files for use in their native format, see Download Course Files below.

  • Open your D2L course.
  • Select Course Admin on the navigation bar.
  • Select Import / Export / Copy Components.
  • Select the option Export Components.
  • Select the Start button.
  • Choose Select All Components.
    Export Components selection and Select All Components checkbox.
  • Select the Continue button.
  • Select the option to Include course files in the export package (at the bottom of the screen). There may be files in your course that are only stored in the file section (such as image files). If you don’t select this option, you may end up with incomplete information in your course.
  • Select the Export button.
  • An export package will be created. This usually takes a few minutes to complete. Look for an alert to appear on the Update Alerts icon (the Bell) in the top right corner.
    Notification (bell) icon.
  • Select the Update Alert icon then select Export finished from the drop-down list.
  • Select the Click here to download the export Zip package link.
  • Save the file to your local computer (be sure to note where you are saving the file).
  • Select the Done button.

At this point, you’ll have a zipped file on your computer containing a backup of your D2L course. This file can be directly imported to most other types of LMSs such as D2L, Blackboard, Moodle, or Canvas.

Download Course Files

Open your D2L course.

  1. Select Course Admin on the navigation bar.
  2. Select Manage Files.
  3. Select the top checkbox to select all files (you can de-select any you don’t need).
  4. Select the Download icon (a cloud and arrow).

The files will be compressed in a Zip folder but you can extract them on your computer.

The D2L  Manage Files interface with numbered steps indicated.


Export Student-Created Materials and Data

This section includes the steps to download grades, assignment submissions, quiz submissions and discussions.

Grades

  • Open your D2L course.
  • Select Grades on the navigation bar.
  • Select Grades from the drop-down list.
  • Select Enter Grades.
  • Select the Export button.
    Enter Grades tab and Export button highlighted.
  • In the Grade Values section select either Points Grade or Weighted Grade, depending on your settings.
  • In the User Details section select Last Name and First Name.
  • If this is a cross-listed course (a course that has more than one CRN section) select Section Membership.
  • Click the first checkbox in front of Grade Item in the table. This will select all the Grade Categories and Grade Items in your grade book.
  • Click the Export to CSV button. You can also select Export to Excel, but a CSV file is universal. An Excel file limits which computer applications you can use to open the file.
  • Once the Export Grades file is prepared, you can select the Download button.
  • Save the file to your local computer (be sure to note where you are saving the file).
  • Select the Close button

At this point, you’ll have a CSV file on your computer containing a backup of your grade book for this D2L course.

Assignment Submissions

Note: This process will only export files students have submitted. It does not back up any feedback or grades for these submissions. Additionally, this must be done one assignment at a time, it cannot be done for multiple or all assignments in the Assignment tool at once.

  • Open your D2L course.
  • Select Activities on the navigation bar.
  • Select Assignments from the drop-down list.
  • Select a specific assignment.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page. In the bottom-right corner, change the ## per page to the maximum number (200). If your course has more than 200 students, repeat the following steps for the second page.
  • Select the check box at the top of the column of check-boxes to select all student submissions on the page.
  • Select the Download button.
    Assignment Submissions page with download button and checkbox to select all submissions highllighted.
  • A pop-up window will launch with a message indicating a zipped file is being generated. When ready, a blue Download button will appear at the bottom of the pop-up window.
  • Select the Download button and save the file to your local computer (be sure to note where you are saving the file).
  • Click the Close button.

Note: you will need to complete these steps for each assignment you need student submissions for.

Quiz Submissions

  • Open your D2L course.
  • Select Activities on the navigation bar.
  • Select Quizzes from the drop-down list.
  • Select the down arrow on the right side of the quiz name.
  • Select Grade from the drop-down list.
  • Select the Export to CSV button (unlike for Assignment submissions, you do not need to select the top checkbox to include all student submissions).
  • Select Save and note where you save this file to your local computer.
    Grade quiz screen with Export CSV button highlighted.

Note: you’ll need to complete these steps for each quiz you want to export submissions for.

Discussions

Note: This one is tricky and will only work if your operating system allows you to print files as a PDF. You may also need to change the setting for how discussions are viewed. To export discussions effectively they must be set to Grid View. If you don’t already use this setting, these are the steps:

  • Open your D2L course.
  • Click on Activities on the navigation bar.
  • Select Discussions from the drop-down list.
  • Click on Settings in the top right corner (next to Help).
  • Under Default View, select Grid View.
  • Select Save.
    Discussion personal display settings with Grid option highlighted.

Print a Discussion Topic to a PDF

To create a backup of each Discussion Topic (one at a time), complete these steps:

  • Select a discussion Topic.
  • Select the check box in the top left corner of the table (under Mark Unread) to select all Threads in this topic.
  • Select the Print button (this is on the same row as Mark Unread).
  • A window will appear showing all Threads for this topic. Select the Print button in the bottom left corner.
  • A print view will appear. Change the Destination to Save to PDF.
  • Select the Save button.
  • Save the file to your local computer (be sure to note where you are saving the file).

Note: You’ll need to do these steps for each discussion Topic you want to save.

Discussions Statistics

Discussion statistics indicate how many Threads each student contributed to each Topic. Exporting this data will not include actual content, just the numerical data.

There are two types of statistics:

  1. Users – the total number of new threads and the total number of replies per student.
  2. Forums and Topics – the total number of threads and the total number of replies per topic.

To export this data:

  • Open your D2L course.
  • Select Activities on the navigation bar.
  • Select Discussions from the drop-down list.
  • Select Statistics.
  • Select either the Users tab or Forums and Topics.
  • Select Export to CSV File.
    Discussion Statistics tab with export, users, forums and topics options highlighted.
  • Once the Export Discussion Statistics file is ready, select the file name to download it to your computer.
  • Save the file and note where you are saving it.
  • Select the Close button.

 

 

This article was last updated on Sep 9, 2021 @ 10:51 am.