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Export from eCampus to Canvas

What To Know Before You Migrate Your eCampus Course Content

Welcome to the course migration process for transferring your course content from eCampus to Canvas. The table below will identify the features in your eCampus course that convert well, can be imported with editing, or need to be recreated in Canvas.

Converts Well to Canvas

Course Files*
Learning Modules
Text-Based Tests, Surveys, and Pools



Imports But Requires Editing

Audio and Video Content*
Content Folders
Grade Center and Settings
Text Descriptions of Items and Folders



Needs to be Recreated

Groups and Groups Tools
Third Party Tools (LTIs)
Wikis, Blogs, and Journals


*Note:  Feature options may vary depending on your course size

Records and Retention Policy 

TAMU System Records and Retention Policy requires faculty to export and securely store student academic records (e.g. completed class tests, examinations, course papers, and instructor grade books) for safekeeping for one year past the course end date. These items will not be included in Canvas Storage Shells imported from eCampus. After instructors submit final grades in a course for posting on students’ academic transcripts, the Office of the Registrar is the official records custodian of the permanent academic transcript.


Migration Support

How to Export eCampus Content


eCampus to Canvas Content Migration Guide

The process to migrate your eCampus course to Canvas will vary depending on the course size. As a best practice, we recommend for all content, such as PDFs, PowerPoint Presentations, and Documents, to be hosted on Google Drive at TAMU. To learn more about this unlimited storage solution, as well as other multimedia solutions, please visit our Multimedia page.

Below are the steps you may need to take depending on your eCampus course size. For your convinience we have provided an eCampus to Canvas Import Guide PDF as well. 

Start Here: Calculate eCampus Course Package Size

eCampus offers you the ability to calculate your course export package size. This feature will help you determine if it is possible to export your course and migrate it directly into Canvas in a few simple steps.
  1. Log into eCampus and access the course.
  2. On the bottom left of the course navigation menu, under the Control Panel, select to expand Packages and Utilities, then select Export/Archive Course.
  3. Select Export Package.
  4. Select Calculate Size. This will display the course size.
If your course is less than 800 MB, skip to step 4.


Downloading Student Submission from eCampus

Below are strategies and resources for instructors to save student academic records for safekeeping one year past the course end date. Please note, the process can be extensive and time consuming depending on course size/load, student enrollment, and other technical factors. The steps listed below will aid in how to download and retain student submissions to assignments and exams from eCampus.

Information About Organizations for Non-Academic Courses in Canvas

The Office for Academic Innovation is currently in the process of testing Organizations in Canvas. More information will be available at a later date with instructions on how to request an Organization course shell, and how to import content from eCampus to Canvas.

Below is some information on how Organizations will work for non-academic courses in Canvas:
  • Organizations will not be assigned a ZSTOR shell in Canvas.
  • Development and Practice shells are not intended to be used to store content for Organizations.
  • We recommend that you use the "build from scratch" approach when building your Organizations. Building a Canvas course from scratch instead of migrating the entire course will allow you to organize your content more effectively and to take advantage of the many new features available in the Canvas LMS. Though there are some circumstances where migrating your entire course is the best option, building your Canvas course from scratch is almost always more efficient than migrating.
  • Back up your eCampus Organizations! You can download files from your Organization course collection as described in Step 1.
  • We recommend that using Google Drive to store and organize all of your Organization content as described in Step 2.
Stay tuned for more information on non-academic Organizations in Canvas.

Resources for Cleaning Up Your Canvas Course 

After migrating your course from eCampus into Canvas, the content may need to be reorganized.