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Download and navigate your Lagunita or SUclass course

Learners enrolled in courses on Lagunita who wish to retrieve materials in their courses are welcome to use browser print functions to do so. Other guidance on how to prepare for the closure of the Lagunita platformis available at

As a course author, you have the ability to download your course as a zipped-up file. Doing this provides you with a back-up XML-based package of your course.

Data exported with your course:

Data not exported with your course:

Values from Advanced Settings, including MATLAB API keys and LTI passports

User Data

Course Content (all Sections, Sub-sections, and Units)

Course Team Data

Course Structure

Forum/discussion Data

Individual Problems

Certificates/Statements of Accomplishment



Course Assets


Course Settings



Download, or export, your course

  1. Go to or There will be a basic authentication window that pops up. Course teams with access will have the necessary information to continue past this security block.
  2. Once in Studio, click on a course title to access its contents.

  3. From there, click on the Tools menu item and select "Export".

  4. This will take you to the Course Export page. Click on "Export Course Content" to start the export. 


    As a safety precaution, keep this page open until the export is complete. 
    The process goes through four steps: preparing, exporting, compressing, and success. The size and complexity of a course will affect the length of time it takes to export everything. The step that often takes longest is the "Exporting" step.

  5. Remain on this page until done, or at least until the "Exporting" step turns green and the system has moved on to the next step. 

  6. Once the export is finished, you will be prompted to download the zipped-up course tarball. Click on "Download Exported Course".

    The resulting file will look like this:



Unzipping / unpacking and understanding exported course files

On a Mac, you can double-click the file to unzip it. On a PC, you will need to have a program such as 7-zip that can unpack compressed files like tar.gz files.

edX provides detailed documentation on exporting your course content, as well as links to online resources for how to unpack the file's contents. Two useful resources are:

To view its contents, extract assets, or review other files, unzip the file. The unzipped file contains a series of folders.


These folders correspond to various areas of your course. The most important folders are called out below.


  • The "chapter" folder corresponds to a section in the Course Outline. It represents the top level in your course's framework. The output is provided as xml files, which contain references to the subsections' file names.

  • The "sequential" folder corresponds to a subsection in the Course Outline. This represents the next tier in your course's framework. The files in this folder are also provided as xml files. 


  • Contents of a unit are found within the "vertical" folder. The vertical xml files contain the location names of the individual components you added to a single unit. 

This referencing process continues until you reach the files for the individual components. An example of the hierarchy is included below.


The vertical file contains two components: one problem component and one html component. Their url_name values are their file names. The folder to the left shows them in their respective folders. The content on the right shows the three files when opened. The html folder contains two copies of each html component: one xml file which references the html file, and the html file with the actual contents of that component.

The other folders are explained briefly in the following table.

  • about - content that makes up About (a.k.a. course summary) page.
  • assets - empty folder.
  • chapter - described above.
  • course - references chapters that make up Course Outline.
  • course.xml - contains course run, course org, and course number values.
  • drafts - content unpublished prior to export.
  • html - contains files with html component content.
  • info - contains home page messages and course handout column contents as raw json (roughly, "coding language wrapped around text").
  • lti - contains xml for any LTI component added to a unit.
  • policies - contains grading policy and advanced settings' configurations.
  • problem - contains contents of problem components.
  • sequential - described earlier.
  • static - contains files uploaded to course via Files & Uploads page.
  • tabs - corresponds to pages that exist as tabs alongside "Course" and "Progress" tabs in learner view of course.
  • vertical - described earlier.
  • video - contains xml files for each video component with video ID's and component's settings; actual video files not included. 
  • word_cloud - custom feature not present in most courses, contains xml files for that component.



Video files are not stored within your course export, nor offer a quick solution for retrieval through the platform. However, below are some options that may be available to you:

  • Were your videos uploaded to and hosted through YouTube or a similar online streaming source?
    • Oftentimes, one or more members of the course team created and shared credentials for the YouTube account from which the videos were hosted.

    • If you have access to that account, YouTube provides instructions for how to download videos that you own. Visit for details. At the end of the process, you are provided with a zip file containing the video files uploaded to this account.

  • Did you include downloadable video files in your course for your learners?
    • This process is more piecemeal and is likely only applicable to courses on Lagunita.
      1. Navigate to a page, or unit, in your course, that contains a video file. You can do this from the learner side of the platform, or the authoring side.

      2. After you open a unit containing a video, take note of the video player toolbar beneath the video. Under that there will be links to downloadable video and transcript files. 


        If you do not see a "Download video file" option beneath your video, then that option was not provided in your course.


Learner Data

The export of your course content, as noted at the start of this article, will not include any learner data or other kinds of data. You can navigate to the Instructor dashboard and click on "Data Download" to generate downloadable reports for your course. 


For more information, please see the "Where to Find Reports" help center article.

What Now?

While the way in which your course content is packaged in the export process does not enable one to import it elsewhere, you can upload its zipped-up format into another edX course shell. Or, in its unpacked form, you can find the content in your units, and the corresponding components, and copy and paste that content into another learning platform's system. 

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