Canvas (myCourses): Managing Migrated Moodle Course Content in Canvas


This article provides information on managing course content from a migrated Moodle course in Canvas.


Locating Migrated Moodle Course Content in Canvas

  1. Log in to your institution's Canvas
    1. GSC:
    2. PSU:
  2. Courses will be found on the Dashboard as course cards. Click on the course card to enter the course. Click here to learn more about the Canvas dashboard. 

Reviewing and Updating Course Content 

Migrated Moodle course content will require a review and update to address areas of the course that do not import well. It is recommended that you review the Moodle to Canvas Feature Comparison support article to learn more about the tool differences between the two learning management systems.

The following are key areas on which to focus:

  1. Labels
    • Labels import as a Text Header or Page in Canvas depending on how they were set up in the Moodle course. It is recommended that you copy the content from the Text Header and create a Page for better viewing by students in a Module. Pay close attention to the naming of the new Page to ensure that it aligns with the Module name.
    • Labels that import as a Page might require manual formatting updates.
  2. Files
    • Files import without an issue; however, they often display in a Module individually. You should consider if you want to keep them as separate files in the Modules or do you want to add them to Pages so you can provide context at the same time. 
  3. Course Syllabus
    • The syllabus from a Moodle course will import as a file in the Modules area of a Canvas course. It is recommended that you place your syllabus in the Syllabus tool from the course menu. This will provide a consistent viewing experience for students across all courses.
  4. Course Structure
    • The migration is a great time to reflect on your course structure and decide if you want to make any changes. Examples: 
      • Structuring your course by module or week of the semester (Module 1 or Week 1)
      • Modules could be structured by topic (Middle Ages or Renaissance) or activity (Assignments, Tests, Discussions)
  5. Kaltura Videos
    • Kaltura videos did not import during the migration process and will need to be remapped in each Canvas course. The process of remapping videos is available here.
  6. Link Validator
  • Verify all external links throughout your course to ensure they are valid. Use the Course Link Validator which searches through course content and returns invalid or unresponsive links. More information in this article: How Do I Validate Links in a Course


Copying Content from One Course to Another

After migrated content has been reviewed and updated, you will be able to copy it to the appropriate term-based offering available to you in Canvas. Follow these course copy steps to complete the process.

Need additional help?

Please fill out this Canvas webform with as much detail as possible, or contact the ET&S Help Desk team on your local campus.


Article ID: 3951
Tue 4/13/21 12:06 PM
Fri 4/16/21 1:23 PM
Applicable Institution(s):
Granite State College (GSC)
Plymouth State University (PSU)