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Migrating PolyLearn-Moodle into Canvas

Migrate Info  | PolyLearn Quiz MigrationMigration: Getting Started  |  Canvas Sandbox to PROD Migrate


Most of your PolyLearn-Moodle content will migrate into Canvas, but your courses will need to be redesigned to fit the new LMS layout. The intuitive user interface and time-saving tools will help ease the transition. Support will be available to assist you with the redesign. Once Canvas has imported your content, instructional guides, self-paced online courses, workshops, and consultations will be available through the CTLT. 

PolyLearn-Moodle course shells will be migrated into Canvas for faculty. 

  • PASS DUE Winter 2020 shells: migration requests were sent to Instructure (Canvas) on Dec. 2. All additional shells well need to be migrated by the instructor - see below.
  • PASS DUE Spring 2020 shells: instructors will be able to request a PolyLearn-Moodle course to be migrated into Canvas in March. (request starting February 18- March 6)
  • Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020 PolyLearn-Moodle courses will be migrated into the Canvas "Migrated" sub-account by July 1, 2020 for instructors to work on course redesign over the summer. 
  • Summer 2020 PolyLearn-Moodle courses will be migrated into the Canvas "Migrated" sub-account for Fall 2020

If you would like to have your own copy of your Moodle courses, you can backup the Moodle course and save the MBZ file from your desktop to the OneDrive. This MBZ file could be used in other Moodle systems or imported into Canvas at a later date. 

On the other hand, you may want to start over with the Cal Poly Canvas Template. Since your course was already migrated for you, you can find your Files within your courses. 

Migration Tables

Content

Depending on your course content, some items will not transfer or will need editing.

  • Activity Restrictions and Release Conditions comparable to those in PolyLearn-Moodle exist in Canvas, but such settings need to be reconfigured in Canvas following the migration (Prerequisites and Requirements are set at the Module level in Canvas, and release conditions are part of Canvas’s Mastery Paths function).
Moodle Canvas
Announcement & Forums in Block 0 imports into Canvas Announcements (one way - instructor post)
Forums (Blocks 1 +) imports into Canvas Discussions (collaborative post)
Assignment  assignment descriptions will import, but Rubrics and Marking Guides will not.
Book imports as Pages, one for each book page
Files imports into Canvas
Glossary no option in Canvas
Labels imports as individual Pages, recreate as Text Headers within a Page
Lesson not migrated, recreate with Page and Quiz
Question banks imports into Canvas
Quizzes imports into Canvas, need to change from "practice' to "graded"
Surveys imports into Canvas, need to change from "practice' to "graded"
Workshop not migrated, recreate with Assignments peer review 
Wiki imports as Pages
Blog / Journal no option in Canvas without an LTI plugin

 

Quiz Questions

Depending on your quiz question type, some questions will not transfer or will need editing.

  • Very long question text will not import properly.
  • Questions rendered by the Polylearn-Moodle equation editor may not import properly.
  • Quizzes that have an overall value set will have the point totals changed. For example, if you have a PolyLearn-Moodle quiz set to 20 points regardless of the total number of questions, Canvas does not like that. It will set the default value as 1 point per question.
  • Question banks imported from Polylearn-Moodle will not support the strict multilevel hierarchy categorization. Canvas' Question Groups support: bounded randomization within questions associated to a common topic. 
  • Calculated questions from PolyLearn-Moodle will become Formula questions and should be should be thoroughly tested to ensure that they behave as expected; they may need to be re-configured post-migration or recreated in Canvas.

Quiz vs New Quiz Comparison

Moodle Canvas
Calculated Formula
Calculated Multiple Choice Formula
Calculated Simple Formula simple
Drag & Drop None - recreate with Fill in Multiple Blanks
Embedded Answers (Cloze) None - recreate with Multiple Dropdown
Essay Essay
Matching Matching
Multiple Choice Multiple Choice
Images within questions None: need to re-add images
Numerical Numerical
Random Short Answer None - recreate with Matching
Select Missing Word None - recreate with Fill in Multiple Blanks
Short Answer Fill in the Blank
True/False True/False
Description (Label) Text - no question
Wildcard None

Getting Started

  1. If you wanted to start working on your Canvas course before it is migrated, you will need to first Backup your PolyLearn-Moodle Course and save the MBZ file to your Desktop.
  2. If you have already used your "Sandbox" course, request another so you can import into a clean Canvas shell. 
  3. Once the MBZ file is downloaded, you can Import it into Canvas.
    NOTE: Your migrated course will NOT look like PolyLearn. It may not look at all like you want it to. You will need to fix that manually. See an example
  4. Once you have imported your course into Canvas or started with a blank course, please view the Canvas Course Checklist for next steps.

Migrate Canvas Sandbox into PROD

There are multiple ways you can move your Sandbox course into the PROD system.

Canvas courses can be exported and imported into other course shells.

Export / Import 

  1. From the Sandbox course, click on the Settings Course Menu link. 
  2. Within the Course Details tab
  3. Click on the Export Course Content Side Bar link.
    Save the course (.imscc file) onto your Desktop, click on the New Export link to download file to your computer.
    download and import
  4. NOTE: You may need to request a TEST shell to have a course to import into.
    From the PROD course, click on the Settings link.
  5. Click on the Import Course Content link.
     

Canvas Commons

Courses can be shared in the Commons and accessed from other Canvas systems. 

NOTE: You will need to share the course with everyone until you can search for it within PROD to Import to your shell. Then you can un-share the course on the Sandbox. 

  1. From the Sandbox course, click on the Settings Course Menu link. 
  2. Within the Course Details tab
  3. Click on the Share to Commons Side Bar link.share commons
  4. From the PROD system, click on the Course Card (in the Dashboard) you want to import into. 
  5. In the Side Bar, click on the Import from Commons link. 
    commons import
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