Import/Export Content

How do I import Lessons content?

Instructors can import a previously exported IMS Common Cartridge (.imscc) file into a course site. This is useful for bringing in content from other Sakai sites, publisher materials, or content from other learning management systems.

See also: Import Site Content

  1. From the More Tools drop-down menu, select the Import CC option.

    Note: Make sure the course site contains an empty Lessons tool and any other tools referenced by the imported content (e.g. Tests & Quizzes, Forums, Assignments).

    Select More Tools, then Import CC.
  2. Click the Choose File button to locate and select and upload the import file from your computer.

    Click the Import button to import the contents of the selected IMS Common Cartridge file (.imscc) into your site.

    Click Save.


  1. Text items are not imported as displayed text but rather as links to text files. Instructors may want to copy then paste the text content into the item text box (Click Edit).
  2. Embedded images, audio and video files are imported but not displayed via the import process, however the files are imported to the sites Resources. Instructors may want to re-embed the images, audio, or video (Click Edit).
  3. All linked Forums, Assignments and Quizzes are imported and reproduced in the new site's Forums, Assignments and Test & Quizzes tools.
  4. All "required" and "Don't Release Item Until All Prerequisites are Completed" page properties are removed from the imported items. Instructors may want to edit the items and restore any requirements.
  5. Student comments and student pages are not included in the imported package.

How do I export Lessons content?

The Lessons tool allows instructors to export course content in IMS Common Cartridge format. If your Lessons contain links to site activities (e.g. assignments, forum topic, or quizzes) or resources (e.g. files, url links) those items will also be exported in the content package.

Note: Pages added by students via the Student Pages tool are not included in the export file.

  1. From the More Tools drop-down menu, select Export CC to display the Export IMS Common Cartridge dialog.

    Click Save.
  2. Choose the desired options:

    1. If the Lessons are destined for use in Moodle or Blackboard LMS, check the Use old version of file option.
    2. If the Lessons are destined for use in Canvas, check the Use newest version option.
    3. If your Lessons include a link to a quiz that draws questions from a question pool, check the Include all question pools you can access as a test bank option.

    When finished, click the Download button.

    Click Save.