Durham Technical Community College
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Importing (Copying) Course Content from one Sakai Course to Another
If you have a
Sakai site and want to bring in content from
Sakai site, you can
“import” content into the
Importing involves two Sakai course sites:
course contains content you want to re-use elsewhere.
course is the site you want to bring content into. ALWAYS perform
the import process from within the DESTINATION course.
STEP 1 – IMPORT CONTENT from within the
You can import content into your
in which you have
To import content:
1. In the
course, go to Site Info > Import from Site.
2. Select the Merge data method: “I would like to merge my data”.
3. Select the
that contains the
you wish to import and click Continue.
4. Tool names will display for tools that
course. If a tool
with content hasn’t been added to your
course, the import process will
add the tool to your
course automatically. We recommend that you check
beside the following tools to import them into your
Site Information Display: Your Overview/Home page image(s) and text will
Assignments: Assignments will import and be saved in draft mode.
Forums: Forums will import and be saved in draft mode.
Gradebook Classic or Gradebook: The Gradebook setup, categories, and
Lessons subpages and content will import. You must also import Resources or
your import may not work correctly. All Lessons subpages will be available to students.
Resources contains essential course files.
Without these files, your new course may not operate properly.
Syllabus: Syllabus content and attachments will be imported.
Tests & Quizzes: Working copies from the
5. After adding a check beside
each content area
you wish to import, click FINISH.
6. A message appears at the top of the screen that your request has been queued. You will
receive an email when the import is finished.
WAIT until you receive the email before doing anything further in the site.
DO NOT run the IMPORT process again. Running another import before the first
one completes can damage course data.
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STEP 2 – Update the
Go to the Announcements tool
Click the Edit link associated with a particular Announcement to change the
availability of Announcement. Save Changes.
Imported assignments are in draft mode.
In the Assignments tool, click the Edit link associated with a particular
Assignment and change dates.
Also, update Grading options to add the Assignment to the Gradebook. Then,
choose a Gradebook Category for the item from the drop down menu. Post
Any chat rooms you have set up will import, but messages will not.
Imported Forums are saved in draft mode at the Forum level and are not available to
students. To take the Forum out of draft mode, simply click on Forum Settings, scroll
to the bottom, and click Save.
Look at the Forum title -- if it shows the semester of the
course, click Forum
After saving the Forum (so it is no longer in draft mode), topics will be available to
Beside each topic, click Topic Settings.
Change dates if needed and save changes.
Gradebook settings and categories/weights will import.
Manually added Gradebook items (for forums, homework, etc.) will import but
are not released to students.
Items created by the Assignments and Tests & Quizzes tools must be updated
in those tools.
To release Gradebook items to students:
In the Gradebook Classic tool, click the Edit link associated with an item.
Change the due date (if applicable) and check these two boxes:
Release this item to Students
Include this item in the course grade calculations
Click Save Changes
Lessons subpages and content will import. All subpages will be available to students
(even if hidden in the
course). There are two ways to hide a subpage:
To hide a subpage until a specific “release” date:
To the right of the subpage, click the Edit icon.
Check the box “Hide page until the following date”
Enter the date/time
Click Update Item.
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Click on a subpage title to view the subpage
Click on the gear icon at the top of the subpage
Check the box “Hide this page from users” and click Save.
Links to RSS feeds will import.
All hidden and unhidden Resources folders and files will import. Hidden
The Site Information Display area (Overview/Home page) will import (including
If updates are needed: Go to Site Info > Edit Site Information, make changes,
click Continue, then Finish.
For tips on updating your syllabus, see page 2 of the
Tests & Quizzes
course will import into the Working Copies area of
course. When you’re ready to release a test or quiz to students, you
must update settings and publish the assessment.
In Working Copies, select Settings from the drop down menu beside a test to
update Delivery dates, Feedback dates, and Grading options.
Click Save Settings and Publish to publish the test.
Web Content links will import.
Content in the Blogs tool will not import.
Meetings created with the Meetings tool will not import.
The Roster will not import.
Appointments created with the Sign-up tool will not import.