Canvas - Migrating D2L Courses

Starting in Fall 2019, University of Wisconsin Colleges instructors need to move materials from their old courses on UWC's instance of D2L to their receiving institution's sub-account of Canvas. The last course materials need to be moved out of D2L by June 2020, when access to D2L will end.

Four Stages of Migration

1) Plan

Before moving course materials, we recommend that instructors clean up unneeded course materials and scout out areas of the course which may pose particular challenges. Some changes are easier to make in D2L before you migrate a course.

Follow these guides:
  • Course Content Migration guide (UW System) - overview of how the different areas of D2L and Canvas correspond, the things that migrate smoothly, and the things that do not
  • Course Complexity Report (UW System) - a specific analysis of your past courses and where the migration challenges may be
  • D2L Cleanup (UW Whitewater) - a guide to cleaning up your D2L courses so you don't move materials you won't need in Canvas

2) Export .zip from D2L

The actual migration takes the form of the instructor logging into UWC's instance of D2L, downloading a package of course materials (called a .zip file) out of their course, saving it on their local computer, then uploading it into a course in Canvas. Here's how you do the download out of D2L:

3) Import to Canvas sandbox

We've set up sandbox courses for most UWC instructors in the "Master Courses" area of UWC's Canvas sub-account. If you don't see any sandbox courses there, submit a ticket and Central IT can set them up for you.

If you'd rather import your D2L materials into sandbox courses on your receiving institution's Canvas sub-account, log in to Canvas with your receiving institution credentials. If you need more sandbox courses, please follow the instructions in Canvas - Creating a Master Course.

Either way, follow the steps in this guide:
Once your course is in Canvas, you'll probably need to update various parts of it so they work well in Canvas. Consult the Course Content Migration guide as needed.

4) Move to Canvas production course

Shortly before a given semester begins, you'll need to copy your Canvas course materials from the Master Courses area to the "SIS-Integrated" area of Canvas, where the students will be. This works a lot like copying an old D2L course from one semester to another. Follow this guide:

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Created:2019-04-30 10:16 CSTUpdated:2019-05-08 14:54 CST
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