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Exporting Course Content in Desire2Learn

  • You can export components from your course offering to a file.  This allows you to reuse these components in another learning management system, including another Desire2Learn instance, or to store the components and then re-import them into another course offering or template at a later date.

    Steps for Exporting Content

    1. To access this page, do one of the following:
      1.  Click the Edit Course link on your course navigation bar, and then click Export_ImportexportCopyComponentsIconImport/Export/Copy Components.

      2. In the Course Administration widget on your course homepage, click Import/Export/Copy Components.
    2. Select Export Components.  If you want to include any files associated with components, select Include course files in the export package.  Click Next.

    3. Select the components you want to export using the check box next to each component.
    4. To export only certain items from a component, choose Select individual items to export.  This allows you to select, for example, individual quizzes, FAQ sections, or dropbox folders.

    5. When you are finished selecting components, click Next.
      1. If you chose Select individual items to export for any component in the previous step, the Select Items page appears.
      2. This page lists all of the items and any sub-items contained in the current component.  (For example, on the Select Dropbox Items page, you will see all of the dropbox folders and categories.) 
    6. Select the individual items and sub-items you want to export and click Next.
      1. To view sub-items, click the + icon next to an item or click Expand All at the top of the list.
        Note:  Not all components have sub-items.
      2. Repeat the previous step for any other components for which you chose Select individual items to export.  The Confirm Export Selections page appears.  This page lists all the components that are included in the export file along with the number of items selected for each component.  You can change the items selected within a component by clicking Modify.  This takes you to the Select Items page for that component.
    7. Click Next to begin the export.
      1. When a component has been successfully exported, a green check mark appears beside it.  If any component fails to export properly, a red X will appear beside it.
    8. When the process is finished, click Done.
      1. To download the file, click on the link that says Click here to download the export Zip package.  Choose a location to save the file and save it.

        Note:  If you do not download the file from this screen, it is lost.  You cannot download it later.

    User Data and Exporting Course Components

    User data is not exported.  For example, if you export the dropbox component, none of the assignments submitted to dropbox folders are exported.  Similarly, if you export the discussions component, messages posted to discussion topics will not be exported.

    Links and Associations Between Components

    Associations between components will not be exported.  The IMS Content Packaging specification, which the format for export files is based on, does not support these associations (for example, Quicklinks, links to grade items, or release conditions).

    Components That Can Be Exported

    The following components can be exported:

    • Checklists
    • Competencies
    • Content
    • Course Files
    • Discussions
    • Dropbox
    • External Links
    • FAQ
    • Glossary
    • Grades (except calculated grade items)
    • Navigation Bar Templates (Not navigation bars)
    • News
    • Question Library
    • Quizzes
    • Calendar
    • Self-assessments
    • Surveys

    Orginal document property of Desire2Learn.  Modified by IUP to reflect IUP’s D2L environment.