Export a D2L Course

If you teach the same course each semester or each year, you typically copy materials forward into the next semester and will not lose your materials; however, if you do not plan to teach a course for an extended period of time, it is advisable to export the entire course. Exported courses are saved to a zip package which can be imported into a new D2L shell.

  1. In D2L, enter the course you wish to Export
  2. Click the Course Admin link in the navigation bar
  3. Click Import/Export/Copy Components
  4. Click one of the Export Components options and leave the check mark to include course files
    • The Brightspace Package is the standard export for Brightspace LMS, it contains all the necessary resources you need to share your course with another Brightspace site.
    • Common Cartridge is a specification developed by the IMS Global Learning Consortium. The specification describes a set of open standards for content, assessment, and digital content that allows publishers and content creators to create LMS-independent course packages. Brightspace exports as IMS Common Cartridge 1.3
    • Thin Common Cartridge (Thin CC) is a specification developed by the IMS Global Learning Consortium. The Thin CC standard is a subset of Common Cartridge developed to package Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Links, Web Links, and metadata. Brightspace exports as IMS Thin CC 1.3.
  5. Click Start
  6. Select the components to Export, or click the box at the top of the list to Select All Components

Select course material


  1. Click Continue
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and check the box for Include course files
  3. Click Export, and you will see an Export started message
  4. Click Done
  5. Click the Update Alert in the upper right corner of your D2L page (it looks like a Bell), and then click on the Notification that pops open indicating the Export is finished
  6. Click the link to download the Zip package, and Save the file to your computer

Export summary


  1. Click Done


Article ID: 11186
Thu 11/17/22 9:15 AM
Thu 11/17/22 9:15 AM