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Export a D2L Course Site

You can export all or part of your D2L course site as a .zip file. This allows you to save a backup copy of your course, which is particularly useful since courses are removed from D2L based on DePaul's records management policy.

Exporting your course also allows you to create a copy of your course's design and content that can be imported into another course if you are not its instructor. An exported course does not include student data like grades, quiz attempts, dropbox submissions, etc.

  1. Go to the course that you want to export.
  2. Click the gear icon to the right of your name at the top of any page, then click the Import/Export/Copy Components link.

    Import/Export/Copy Components link
  3. Select Export Components
  4. Make sure the Include course files in the export package checkbox is selected.
  5. Click the Start button.

    Export Components options
  6. Select the components you want to export:
    • To export specific components, click the checkboxes next to the ones you want to export.
    • To export all components, click Select All Components.
  7. Select items you want to export:
    • If you want to export all items within a component, select Export all items.
    • If you want to export only certain items from a component, select Select individual items to export. This allows you to select individual quizzes, discussion forums, content topics, etc.
  8. Click Continue. If you chose “Select individual items to export” for any components, go to the next step; if you chose “Export all items,” skip to step 10.

    Select components to export
  9. Select the individual items from the component that you want to copy.
    • Click the + plus signs next to each component to view all of the items included in that component.
    • Select the check box next to each item you’d like to export.
  10. Click Continue.

    Select items to export
  11. Confirm that the correct materials are listed on the Confirm Components to Export page, which will open when you are done selecting components and items.
  12. Make sure the Include course files in the export package checkbox is selected.
  13. Click Continue when you are ready to begin the export. The Export Summary page will be displayed once the export process begins. When a component has been successfully exported, a green check mark appears beside it. If any component fails to export properly, a red “X” will appear beside it.
  14. Click the Finish button. A pop-up window with a link to the export file will be displayed.
  15. Click the Click here to download the export Zip package link, then save the export file, which is a .zip file, to your computer.

    Export package download link
  • NOTE: Saving the export package file

    You must click on the link to download the .zip file when it appears, or it will be lost. The file is not stored in Desire2Learn for later download.

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