CATE-to-Canvas Migration Process

A tool was created that archives most content from CATE courses so that it can be uploaded as a zip file to Canvas. The following steps will walk you through the use of that tool.

Please note that little assistance is available for this process as the designer of the tool is no longer available for questions. If all else fails, please consider using the copy/paste method to transfer content between systems.

Export content, quizzes, tests, and video files from CATE
  1. Log into CATE account
  2. Export course content for Section pages, Presentation pages, and Schedule pages and download .zip file(s) to local computer
    See also the Help for Exporting CATE Content to Canvas CATE help document
    1. CATE Main Menu > click on Export for Canvas button (left side)
    2. Leave directory name as default – “canvas _export”, click on Select Directory to Hold Files for Export to Canvas button (at bottom or top of screen)
    3. Choose from listed Section pages, Presentations, and Schedules
    4. Click on the Select and Process Content for Export to Canvas button
    5. From screen showing exported content, click or right-click on zip file(s) at the bottom of the page and save to local drive. If you have images and/or documents such as PDFs, you will get two zip files, one for pages and one for files.
    6. Notice if there is a list of files that could not be processed
  3. Export quizzes, tests, and exams, download .zip file to local computer
    See also the How to...Export Tests as QTI Files for Canvas help document
    1. From CATE Main Menu > click on Tests & Exercises button
    2. Click on the Export as QTI button
    3. Leave directory name as default – “canvas _export”, click on Select Directory to Hold Files for Export as QTI button (at bottom or top of interface)
    4. Click on check boxes of tests to export,
    5. Click on Select Tests and Export as QTI button (at top and bottom of screen)
    6. From screen showing exported tests, click or right-click on zip file(s) (last link) and save to local drive. There will be a second zip file if there are images in any of the quizzes.
  4. Identify audio and/or video files for this course in CATE. These cannot be exported with the routines described above. You will need to export them, and download .zip file(s) to local computer using the Download Files routine from the CATE File Management module.
    1. See the Help for exporting miscellaneous files (such as audio and video files) from the CATE File Management module
Import Downloaded Content and Quizzes (or tests) to Canvas
  1. Log into Canvas
  2. Import Content Pages and Files into Canvas
    1. Select course shell to work in from Courses navigation or Dashboard
    2. Import the pages
      1. Go to Settings from Course navigation
      2. From right sidebar, click on Import Content into this Course button
      3. From Content Type drop down, choose Canvas Course Export Package
      4. Click the Choose File button
      5. Browse to your zip folder of files “canvas-pages-date…zip
      6. Next to Content, choose Select specific content
      7. Click Import button
      8. Look in Current Jobs area, click on Select Content button
      9. Choose from the list of content – all Wiki pages. DO NOT select Course Settings
      10. Click on Select Content button
    3. If the export process generated a "canvas-files" zip package, take these steps in Canvas: 
      1. Go to Files from Course navigation
      2. Click on Upload button at the far right of the screen
      3. Browse to your zip folder of files “canvas-files-date…zip
      4. Zip file options box opens, choose Expand it button
    4. Go to Pages from Course navigation and view the pages
    5. Look over pages to see red errors that denote links that need changing
  3. Import Quizzes, Tests, and Exams into Canvas
    1. Select course shell to work in from Courses navigation or Dashboard
    2. If the export process generated a zip file for images, meaning you had used images in your quizzes or tests, take these steps in Canvas: 
      1. Go to Files from Course navigation
      2. Click on +Folder button, type in Name field “testimages
      3. Hit Return or Enter key to create folder
      4. Open Folder by clicking on it
      5. Click on Upload button
      6. Browse to zip folder of quiz images
      7. Zip file options box opens, choose Expand it button
    3. Import the quiz or test questions and answers
      1. Go to Settings from Course navigation
      2. From right sidebar, click on Import Content into this Course button
      3. From Content Type drop down, choose QTI .zip file
      4. Click on Browse button and browse to the QTI zip file downloaded earlier
      5. Accept default values, click Import button
      6. Look in Current Jobs area and wait until it says Completed
    4. Go to Quizzes from Course navigation and choose quiz, then hit Preview button

Help Documents for those wanting to migrate their CATE content themselves