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Transferring Content Between Courses
Last modified on 09 February 2024 04:09 PM


You can copy material from another course only if you are registered as an instructor in the other course.

Content can be copied into your course during the course request process, and this is the best and preferred method.

The course request system can copy your content from any existing eClass courses that you are an instructor for. You can access the system by going to and clicking the 'Request your course in eClass' button on the left side.

There are some situations when you may want to use an alternative method of transferring content:

  • If you have already requested your new course;
  • If you want the content from more than one other course to be used in your current course;
  • If you have already requested your new course and added content to it that you want to keep;
  • If you want to start your new course clean and add only a few files from a previous course.

In these cases, you can use the procedure below to copy selected content from one course to another, but be cautious as there is no way to reverse the transfer once it is completed. For example, if all you want to copy is a single quiz or another item, we recommend that you contact the IST eClass Support team to discuss the best approach to meet your needs.

Using Import

To use the Import function, you must be an instructor in both the course where the content is (source) and in the course where you want the content to go (destination). Go into the destination course, click on the More tab at the top of your course page and click Course import/Export.

Select a course to import from:

Then select the source course from the list of available courses. If the desired course is not displayed, enter a part of its title into the search box and click Search to locate and then select it:

Image: search dialog

Include activities and resources:

Once the target course has been selected, typically, instructors will need to include 'Include activities and resources', 'Include blocks', 'Include filters', and 'Include question bank'. Others may be needed if you have a special circumstance, but contact eClass Support if you have something unusual.

Note that Include activities and resources, will include, Assignments, Quizzes, Forums, Pages, and other similar activities.

Be very cautious if you are copying only some content, and be certain about what you are selecting. If you mean to copy only one item, and you copy a whole course, there is no way to undo it.

If copying a whole course, leave the selections, and click Next to proceed:

Select specific activities and resources:

The next step is to select the resources or activities in your source course that you wish to import into the destination course by checking the box beside them (or deselect items not wanted). You can uncheck entire topics by clicking the bolded topic headings.

Review selections:

Review your selections carefully to ensure that you are not copying more than you want: there is no way to undo the import once you click Perform import:


  • Imported activities will keep their original settings. For example, a quiz that closed in 2022, will not be accessible by students unless you change the Timing setting.
  • Check the availability of all imported activities.
  • The import process can only bring content into the topic number where the original content resided. Content in Topic 1 of the source will be copied into Topic 1 of the target. You may need to move and rearrange items in your new course.
  • If your target course has only 5 topics and if you try to import a file from Topic 10 in your source course, the item(s) will appear under an Orphaned activities section which can be restored by adding topics until you reach the topic number.
  • To add more topics to your course, click on Edit mode at the top right of your main course page then scroll to the very bottom Click on Add topic. Your course must be in Topics format.
  • Importing the entire content of a course will also import any customizations made to the source course's gradebook if the target course's gradebook has not yet been customized. If you need to copy over a customized gradebook only from another course, please contact
  • Importing automatically-graded activities (e.g., quizzes, assignments, etc) will produce a new gradebook item for that activity.
  • Important: Instructors should be aware that importing a single quiz from one course to another will also import the ENTIRE question bank from the previous course. There are some different processes available to instructors who need to copy quizzes. See our article Creating and Managing Large Question Banks for more information or contact the IST eClass support team for information on which is the best process for your needs.
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