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This tool can import content from a previous course iSite into a Canvas site if they share the same teaching staff. This tool is a good option for teaching staff who would like to reuse content from past semesters without having to upload it all manually or recreate it within Canvas.
Only teaching and support staff can access the tool within Canvas; they will see it in their Manage Course dashboard if is available for the course. The tool is not available to students.
From within the Canvas site for your course, click on "Manage Course" in the left navigation menu and then on the tool card titled "Import iSites Content." (If there are no previous iSites associated with your Canvas site, the tool will be disabled.) A list of previous iSites that are related to your Canvas course will appear.
A table on that page will be populated with a list of any in progress or completed imports. The status of each import will change from "queued," to "active," to "completed."
You can select additional iSites content to import, if available.
For most schools, the tool checks to see:
iSites that match both of the above requirements will appear in the list of previous courses from which you can import content.
For FAS, Summer School, and Extension School, the tool checks to see:
iSites that match both of the above requirements, will appear in the list of previous courses from which you can import content.
iSites that are not associated with the Canvas course you are in, and iSites that do not have the same teaching staff in the Canvas course, will not appear. Also, if the Registrar's code for the course has changed over the years, the iSite may not appear in the list. If you need access to an iSite that does not appear in the list, please contact your local school support for additional assistance.
Content that is not imported:
Once an import has successfully completed, a new folder containing the content will appear within the "Files" section of your Canvas site. Click on "Files" within the left navigation of your site. The folder name will follow this pattern "isites_archive_knumber" e.g. isites_archive_k12345). For example:
Files in this main archive folder were imported from a Course iSite of a previous offering of this course. The files appear to be available to students because they have the "published" icon. However, this main archive folder that contains the files is unpublished, and therefore students cannot access the files. To make files available to students, you must publish this main archive folder before linking to the files from assignments, pages, or other parts of your site.
As long as the newly added teaching staff were also teaching staff in the previous offering of the course, the iSite should appear immediately. In FAS and the Summer and Extension Schools, the course head must have been the same in the current and the previous offering of the course for the iSite to appear in the list. The tool checks users and iSites each time the page loads, so there is no delay.
Rather than seeing a green "completed" indicator next to an imported iSite, you may see a red "failed" indicator. If the import fails, please try initiating the import again. If it fails multiple times, if you have any additional questions, or for assistance migrating materials from iSites, please contact your local school support.