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Download Workspace Content

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The CommonView download feature allows you to create an offline copy of your workspace that you can keep as an archive, or use when migrating your course to a learning management system. You can copy just the files attached to your CommonView workspace, or all the content, including formatted text, links to Catalyst Tools, files, links, Google Calendars, Google Sites Hubs, and RSS feeds.

Note: If you want to move CommonView content to a Canvas course, do not follow the steps below. Instead, you will export CommonView content, then import to Canvas. If the destination for content is Canvas, importing and exporting the content is a much faster and more streamlined method.*

  1. StepsActions
  2. Navigate to the CommonView workspace that you want to download.
  3. On the right side of the screen, in the Workspace actions menu, select Download. The Download workspace pop-in appears.
  4. To download only files attached to the workspace, click the first blue link in the pop-in. To download all the workspace content, including attached files, click the second link.
  5. After an export option is selected, a .zip folder will be downloaded onto your computer.
  6. Navigate to the downloaded content and double-click the .zip folder to unzip.

Depending on what you chose to download, you should either see all your workspace files in one folder or a files folder and your workspace views, saved as separate .html pages.

When you are ready to edit the content, double-click an .html file to open it in your browser. Copy and paste the content into your preferred editing software.


*One difference between downloading CommonView content and exporting it is the resulting file. Downloading CommonView content results in a ZIP file, exporting it results in an IMSCC file. A more significant difference is the appearance of the resulting content. Downloading CommonView content preserves the workspace navigation, exporting it simply plugs the content into the appropriate Canvas navigation. Besides being a slow and inefficient method for moving content to Canvas, the preservation of workspace navigation in the download process is unnecessary and redundant, because Canvas already provides course navigation.