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Copying Courses and Content Collection Items

Links to Content Collection items in a course are copied during a course copy operation. Because links to Content Collection items are copied and not physical files, all users must have permission within the Content Collection to view these files. Users in the new course will not have the appropriate permission. When a user without the appropriate permission to a Content Collection item selects a link to the item in the course, an Access Denied message appears. 

Instructors must add permission for these users to the item in the Content Collection or the Blackboard administrator at your school may enable the Copy Settings options to automatically edit permissions when a course is copied.

The automatic permissions upgrade only applies to courses that are copied. If a course is imported or restored, user permissions to Content Collection items linked to in the course are not automatically upgraded, the above will occur. All of the links to Content Collection items will be broken.

Automatically Updating Permissions for Content Collection Items

A Copy Settings option is available for the Blackboard administrator at your school to manage the permissions of Content Collection items that are copied as part of a course copy operation. There are two options administrators may enable in the system. One or both may be enabled. If these options are enabled, the permissions for Content Collection items located in almost all course areas will be automatically updated.

  • Update permissions for general links: If this option is selected, all users enrolled in a copied course automatically receive read permission to Content Management items linked to in the course.
  • Update permissions for e-Reserve links: If this option is selected, all users in a copied course automatically receive read permission to e-Reserves items linked to in the course.

The one exception to this is tests. The permissions for Content Collection items linked to in tests, Surveys, and question pools are not automatically updated. Instructors must update the permissions to these items manually through Content Management.

Item Permissions in the Content Collection

When a Content Collection item is copied through Course Copy and the permissions are automatically updated, the new permissions are visible for the item in the Content Collection. When a Content Collection item is viewed in the Content Collection, read permission will appear for All Course Users.