The following series of videos is designed to help Sioux City Schools teachers with a Canvas background of how to setup their new courses and become familiar with the new features of Canvas for the upcoming school year. 


  • All Master Courses will be transferred to the new instance of Canvas.  However, I will need help of who (teachers, coaches, etc) needs access to which Master Courses.  
  • Do NOT import old District Marking Period and Semester tests into your new Canvas.  If you import the old District tests in and then delete them, the old version will just reappear when re-adding the same test later.

STEP 1: Cross Listing Course-Sections

Notes: You will need to cross list your Canvas courses if you want your sections combined within the same course as each section is currently their own course.


Positives/negatives to combine: adding any activity will give automatically import it to each section / however you must assign it to each section (but can leave scores blank if not assigning it to every section)

Positives/negatives not to combine: do not have to assign every activity to each section / however you must retype or import every activity to each section individually

STEP 2: Login to the old instance of Canvas and export each course you will use for the 2014-15 school year.  Old Canvas Login

Notes: You can export a Canvas course to upload to the new Canvas site, to give to another Canvas teacher, or to create a copy as a backup on your local computer.

STEP 3: Import Course Content

Notes: Select only what you will need for the entire semester.  **Do NOT import any district Marking Period or Semester Quizzes.

When importing a Canvas course export package, the package will overwrite some of the existing course settings. We suggest you revisit the course settings after any course import to make sure important settings are still in place.

Teachers may need their data storage limit increased.  Any Tech Coach will be able to increase it for you.  (Course/Settings/Edit Course Details/File Storage)

Once the import displayed the "Queued", it will run.  Do NOT re-import the same file or you will have duplicates of everything.

STEP 4: Weighting Assignment Groups

This video will show you how to setup your Assignment Groups and Weighting within your Canvas Gradebook.


  • All HS Courses (even for Social Studies) 
  • MP1 Exam - 10% 
  • MP2 Exam - 10% 
  • All other Assignment Groups combined- 80% 

Note for SOCIAL STUDIES Teachers: 

  • The MP1 Exam (is really your 1st 6 week exam) 
  • The MP2 Exam (is really your 3rd 6 week exam) 
  • Your 2nd week exam should be figured into the other 80% as a regular test or assignment


STEP 5: New Features (if time)

InstructureCon New Release Features