Importing Tool Information from
When you copy tool information from an existing Sakai course to another, not all the content and
options are transferred. A good way to verify that students in the new course will be able to
view all the appropriate files is to
as a student to the new course who does
not have access to the old course (You may have to
remove that person
from the old course.)
Have that student access the tools in the new course to check for errors. For anyone who has
access to both courses, such as the instructor, any problems might not be obvious.
Note that only those with instructor access can import tools from an existing Sakai course. To
copy a course managed by another instructor, ask that instructor to
with instructor access.
If you need help copying information from one course to another, feel free to contact the IT Help
Center. You can schedule an appointment by calling 831-6000 or send questions to
Points to consider
1. Content can be imported from one Sakai course to another for the following tools:
Items merged from another site are not kept.
Assignments are saved as
so they are not released
be changed to allow instructors to share drafts.
Individual postings are erased.
Assignments and quizzes are discarded. Other grades are
current News items.
Questions are retained but not results.
are reset. All items, including hidden items
and those with public and selected-group access are reset
to be accessible by the entire site.
Items are retained.
Items are retained, but not
although seen by instructor, must be
Tests & Quizzes*
assessments are discarded. See the
Links to web pages are retained only if you
current Web Content items.
2. Student material: Information created by students, such as Forum postings and
3. Attachments: For any of the starred (*) tools above attachments may need to be re-
added in the new course. Although a link may be listed for the instructor who created the
new course, you should check to make sure it is active for the students. If an attachment
is broken, you can remove it and
re-attach the link
In Tests and Quizzes, attachments from imported assessments are available to the
be able to preview the attachments unless they are
for each question.
4. Linking to Resource items: If you link to any Resource file from another Resource file or
Sakai tool, it is important to make sure the new link points to the Resource item in the new
course, not to the old course.
The tools that tend to be affected in the new course include:
links to other Resource files
You can copy the information from another Sakai course for just a few of the individual tools listed
in the table above. The tools whose information you want to re-use or import must already
if the course to which you are copying Announcements does not have the Announcements tool
listed on the left menubar, in the receiving course, click Site Info and use Edit Tools to
1. Make sure that all the tools you want to copy have been added to the receiving course,
excluding News and Web Content tools.
2. In the RECEIVING course, click Site Info on the course menubar at the left.
3. Click the Import from Site option at the top of the window. You will see a window that
asks you if you want to replace or merge the content of the tools you are importing.
4. Click the statement that matches your choice. (See the
for special cases.)
5. You will see a window that lists your courses. If you chose to replace the tools you can
your data, you can select several courses. Then click Continue.
6. The list of tools that can be copied will appear and you can check the box for each tool
a particular tool, its box will be gray so you cannot select it.
5. Click Finish.
a. If you renamed a tool in the original course, its name will revert to the default name
in the course to which you imported the tool. For example, if you renamed the
Assignments tool to be Tasks in the original course, it will be called Assignments in
the course to which it was copied.
b. The Polls tool will add questions even if you choose to replace the data.
c. News and Web Content tools can only be imported if you replace the data.
d. Tests & Quizzes and Forums tools can only be imported if you merge the data.