Checklist for Reusing Content from Moodle

You can find your former Moodle course sites that were copied to UVACanvas by following the steps in Navigate to a migrated Moodle site (opens new window).

You may reuse content from one of your former Moodle sites by importing it into your upcoming Canvas courses. There are four basic "R" steps you should take when reusing materials from Moodle:

  1. Review the content,
  2. Recopy items you will reuse to your upcoming Canvas course,
  3. Revise the content,
  4. And Report any serious issues you may have found with missing content.

Select the text of one of these steps on the page below to open a detailed description of how to complete it. To help keep track of where you are in the process, you can check off the boxes as you walk through each step.

Tip: Before getting started, see the following articles to familiarize yourself with navigating in UVACanvas:

If you plan to reuse content from a copied Moodle site, the first and most important step is to review your content for issues you may need to address.  Due to technical differences between Moodle and UVACanvas, the Course Navigation Menu does not include the same tools. Some items in your site may have been modified from their original form or it may not have been possible to copy them.

A page called the Migration Exception Log will be provided to help you identify items that were modified during the import process or could not be copied.

Follow the steps in the articles below to review the items in your site.

You can import items you would like to use from your former Moodle site into your upcoming Canvas course. We recommend using the option to import specific content into your course (opens new window).

Under Import Content, select Copy a Canvas course as the Content Type. Then, search for the course with Moodle in its name from which you would like to copy materials. This will allow you to choose the most relevant content for the upcoming term.

Note: Be careful when importing announcements to a new course. If an announcement does not have a delayed posting date in the future, it will be visible to students as soon as the course is published. For more information, see How do I delay posting an announcement until a specific date in a course? (opens new window).

Revise your content to update it for use in your upcoming course.  Items that will need revisions include:

  • Dates and published status on assignments, quizzes, discussions, announcements, etc.
  • Assessments imported from Moodle Quizzes. Specialized settings and question types specific to Moodle which have no equivalent and did not migrate or have been modified from their original form will need to be adjusted.
  • Links to content from external tools or items from external tools embedded in pages in your course site.
  • Feedback activities from Moodle. No matter the original settings, these activities would have imported as non-anonymous, ungraded Surveys into Canvas.
  • Any references to Moodle that may have been included in your content.

For steps to revise content, see:

Have you found any significant issues with the content in your copied Moodle course which are not mentioned in the Migration Exception Log or described in the steps to revise content?

If you have, please email Molly Perry, Instructional Designer at UVA Wise, and provide as many details about the missing content as possible.  Helpful details would include:

  • The name of the Moodle site,
  • The name of the activity in Moodle that included the content which is missing in the equivalent UVACanvas course (e.g., File, Glossary, Assignments, or Quizzes),
  • The name(s) of the missing item(s) (e.g., the name(s) of missing file(s) or folder(s), assignment(s), or quiz(zes)),
  • If specific items within a folder, assignment, quiz, or a discussion topic's description or attachments are missing and not noted in the Migration Exception Log, a description of those items (e.g., file name(s), quiz question numbers, or the name of the affected discussion topic).

You are done. Great job!