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[d][t]Does PowerSchool Learning support imports from other Learning Management Systems?


Q: Does PowerSchool Learning support imports from other Learning Management Systems?

A: Yes, PowerSchool Learning supports imports from other Learning Management Systems in the Common Cartridge (.imscc) and Moodle Backups (.mbz) file types. However, there are some limitations to what can be imported at this time. If you have the ability to export the content from another LMS in Common Cartridge, you will be able to import things like assessments, assignments, discussions, and files (with a few limitations) into PowerSchool Learning. Please see notes on each LMS for further details about what can and cannot be imported.

To learn more about Common Cartridge files, check out this article. To learn about how to import, check out this article

Table of Contents:


The following items are included when importing Canvas Common Cartridge content into Learning:

Canvas Content

Able to be Imported?




Will be created as Files in Learning.




Page Structure



Discussion Topics


Will be created as Discussions in Learning.

Web Links








Will be created as Draft Assessments with the Exam type in Learning.

Canvas Quizzes with Linked Question Banks


Will come over as blank Assessments that reference the imported Object Banks. For more information, please see our this article on Canvas Assessments with Question Banks.

Question Banks


Will be imported into the Learning Question Library.

  • Supported question types: True / false, Matching, Multiple Choice, and Essay questions are all imported.
  • Unsupported question types: Multiple Answer Multiple Choice and Fill in the Blank with multiple blanks.


If your Canvas Common Cartridge import file contains content that is not able to be imported into PowerSchool Learning, it will simply be skipped over during the import process. For information on how to export a class from Canvas and what will be included, please check out: How do I export a Canvas course? 


The following items are included when importing Schoology Common Cartridge content into Learning: 

Schoology Content

Able to be exported from Schoology?

Able to be imported into Learning?


Files and Links



Some will be created as Attachments in Learning.












Yes, but Assessments with Multiple Answer multiple choice questions, Matching questions, Ordering questions, and Fill in the Blank questions will not be imported.




Currently just the title imports.

Media Albums





If your Schoology Common Cartridge import file contains content that is not able to be imported into PowerSchool Learning, it will simply be skipped over during the import process. For information on how to export a class from Schoology and what will be included, please check out: "What is Common Cartridge?" from Schoology.


Topics Format

We currently only support Moodle Imports that have been exported from Moodle in "Topic Format" and created with Moodle 2 backups. (Moodle versions 1.9 and below are currently not supported.) Check out the Convert Content to Moodle 2.0 article for more information on converting Moodle 1.9 to 2.0.

As a Moodle Admin, you can check or adjust your class export format by clicking on a Class, selecting "Edit Settings" and looking at the "Format" field (underneath "Course Summary"). (Other formats include weekly, social, and SCORM, but PowerSchool Learning currently does not support these formats.) Please make sure your class is exported in Topics Format prior to uploading to PowerSchool Learning, otherwise your import will not work.



See below for a list of Moodle content, and their availability for import into PowerSchool Learning via Moodle Backups and IMS Common Cartridge formats. If your import contains one of the following marked "No," PowerSchool Learning will simply skip over it during the import process.  For more information on Common Cartridge exports from Moodle, check out: What Moodle exports via IMS Common Cartridge.  

Moodle Content  MBZ   IMSCC  PowerSchool Learning Content Created Notes:
Assignment No No    
Chat No No    
Choice No No    
Database No No    
External Tool No No    
Feedback No No    
Forum No Yes Discussion and Discussion Block  
Glossary No No    
Lesson No No    
Quiz No Yes

Assessment and Assessment Block

Only Quizzes that contain exclusively multiple-choice questions will be imported.  

SCORM Package No No    
Survey No No    
Wiki No No    
Workshop No No    
Book No No    
File Yes Yes File Block   
Folder No No    
IMS Content package No No    
Label Yes Yes Page Page will be titled the name of your Label. Moodle Backups will also include the text of your Label, but IMS CC will not.
Page Yes Yes


Includes text, images, downloadable and linked files, and embedded objects

URL Yes Yes Link Block  
Topic Yes Yes Page(s)

Only Topics that contain Activities or Resources will be imported. If Moodle Pages are included in the Topic, these will be imported as a separate Page in PowerSchool Learning.  

Moodle Backups will create a header Page that links to and references Activities and Resources found within the Topic, and create additional Pages for those items.

IMS CC will import individual content blocks for each Activity or Resource on one overall Page associated with the Topic.   



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