Content Migration from Moodle to Canvas
You can choose to migrate all or particular content from Moodle to Canvas. The basic steps are outlined below, followed by detailed instructions for each.
- TIP 1: Select ALL Moodle content and delete/hide content at the Canvas site.
- TIP 2: If you have quiz question banks, select ALL Moodle content.
THE BASIC STEPS
- Create a Backup/mbz file of your Moodle site
- Download and save the mbz file to your computer
- Import the mbz file into your Canvas site
Step 1: Create a Backup file of your Moodle site
- Go to your Moodle site (you do not need to turn on editing):
- From the Administration block
under Course administration, click on Backup
- Opens to page: 1. Initial Settings
- under Backup settings
- Click the blue Next button
(You shouldn’t have to do anything at this page other than click Next - leave the boxes that have been checked “as is” and don’t check any unselected boxes.)
- Opens to page: 2. Schema settings
- The boxes for every item and user data are checked (selected) by default
- User data in this case means faculty’s data - student data is automatically removed during this process (unless faculty posted a student’s work, then that is associated with faculty’s user data and will need to be removed manually)
- TIP: Leave all content selected to ensure you don’t miss any items - you can always delete/hide content at the Canvas site.
- To deselect an entire section (and all its items), click on the checkbox next to the section’s name (e.g. “Week 1”)
- To deselect items, click an item’s checkbox
When finished, click the blue Next button.
Opens to page: 3. Confirmation and review
- Skip the Filename and Backup settings sections at top
- Under the Included items section: double-check that the content you would like to be included in the backup file is indicated with a green checkmark.
When finished, click the blue Perform backup button.
Allow some time for processing (process time will vary depending on amount of content).
After backup has been performed, the next page you should see is 5. Complete, showing the message: The backup file was successfully created. Click Continue.
Step 2: Download the mbz file to your computer
Now you should be at the page: Import a backup file
- Locate the mbz file from the list under Course backup area (should be at top of the list, the one with the most recent day/time stamp.)
- Click the Download link (to right of the file name)
- Save the file to your computer.
Note: When backup courses with "Anonymize user information" option ticked, backup files will be stored under User private backup area.
Step 3: Import the mbz file into your Canvas site
From your Canvas site, click on Settings in the Course Navigation menu
From the Course settings page, go to the right sidebar, click on Import Content into this Course
At the Import Content page Content Type: select Moodle 1.9/2.x from the drop-down menu Source: click Choose File - browse to and select the mbz file on your computer Skip Default Question bank Content: select All content Skip Options Click the blue Import button
Allow for some time to process (import time varies depending on amount of content).
When finished processing, completion will show under Current Jobs as green, or yellow if there are any error messages.
Hide/delete/reorder content as needed.