Canvas allows instructors to make a backup of a course as a .imscc (also known as Common Cartridge) file. This file allows for offline backups of course content as well as migrating content from one Canvas system into another Canvas system or learning managment platform that supports the common cartridge standard.
To make a backup
- Navigate to your course page in Canvas
- Select Settings from the navigation bar on the left
- Select Export content from the navigation on the right
- Under Export type, select Course
- Select Create export
The export will be started. At this point you can leave the page and Canvas will send you an email once it's completed. Previously created exports will appear in a list at the top of this page and previous exports will be retained for 30 days to allow you to download them.