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Copy Courses

Course copy options

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about copying courses.

Copy Course Materials into a New Course: Copying course materials into a new course creates a course in the system and populates it with content from a course already in the system. The course menu specified in the source course will replace the default menu in the new course.

Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course: Copying course materials into an existing course will add content to a course, but it won't remove existing content. You can only copy materials into a course if you have the role of instructor, teaching assistant (TA), or course builder.

Copy Course with Users (Exact Copy): Copy user records, such as grades and discussion posts, to the new course. Everything in the course is copied to the new course exactly as it appears in the existing course. For multiple sections, you can perform an exact copy, and then unenroll specific students to create two sections of the same course.


Copy a course

  1. Access the course you want to copy.
  2. On the Control Panel, expand the Packages and Utilities section and select Course Copy.
  3. Select the appropriate option:
    • Copy Course Materials into a New Course
    • Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course
    • Copy Course with Users (Exact Copy)
  4. In the Destination Course ID box, type a course ID for the new course that will be created and populated with content from the current course. Make sure that the new course ID matches the naming convention used at your institution. The course ID can't include spaces or characters other than numbers and letters (A-Z), dash (-), underscore (_), and period (.). The course ID must be unique and remain static. After you create the copied course, you can't edit the course ID.
  5. If you chose Copy Course Materials into a New Course or Copy Materials into an Existing Course, select the course materials that you want to copy over.

    A course copy operation can't be completed if you don't select at least one of these areas: Content, Contacts, or Settings. If you don't select one , a warning appears and Blackboard Learn can't create a new course.

  6. In the File Attachments section, select the option to copy links to:
    • Copy Links to Course Files: No copies of linked files are included in the copy. The copied course will have the same set of links. Those links will point back to the original location of the link defined in the origin course.
    • Copy links and copies of the content: Make copies of linked files, but only those files that are linked. Files within the course’s home folder that aren't linked to any content within the course aren't included in the copy.
    • Copy links and copies of the content (include entire course home folder): Make copies of all files in the course’s home folder regardless of whether those files are linked to course content.

      You need manage permission on an item to include copies of those files. If you don't have this permission, you may be missing some files after the copy.

  7. Select the Folder for Content Collection Files, if applicable.
  8. Select Enrollments to copy the list of users in the course. User records, such as discussion activity and grades won't be copied. User records are only copied if you select the Copy Course with Users (Exact Copy) option.
  9. Select Submit.

Behavior of copied materials

When you copy, the course availability of the source course is applied to the destination course. If the destination course's availability is set to unavailable, but the original course is available, the destination course's availability is changed.

When you copy course materials, these occur:

  • Content: Course materials, including uploaded files, learning modules, and links are copied. Course information, course documents, assignments, and URLs are optional.

    Assignments created inside lesson plans won't copy properly. Be sure to copy your assignments separately so that everything is correct.

  • Announcements: All announcements are copied.
  • Tests, Surveys, and Pools: All tests and surveys, including questions and options for deploying them are copied. All pools are copied.
  • Calendar: All calendar items are copied to the new course.
  • Dates: Course item and tool dates don't change. To learn how to quickly adjust dates, see Date Management.
  • Discussion Board: Include starter posts for each thread in each forum (anonymously) or include only forums with no started posts in the course copy.
  • Grade Center Items and Settings: Items in the Grade Center and their settings such as type, categories, and display options are copied.
  • Group Settings: Settings include the names of the groups, the settings for tool availability, and the discussion forum names.
  • Contacts: All contacts are copied.
  • Course Settings: If selected, these settings are copied:
    • Course Name
    • Course Description
    • Course Entry Point
    • Course Design
    • Course Banner
    • Blackboard Tools
    • Building Block Tools
    • Content Tools
    • Course ID
    • Course Availability
    • Guest Access
    • Observer Access
    • Course Duration
    • Enrollment Options
  • Links: Links to parts of a course that aren't included in the copy will break when the links appear in the destination course. For example, if a link to a test appears in a content area and you choose not to copy tests, the link to the test will break.
  • Course Cartridge Materials: This option is successful only if the source course includes copy-protected cartridge content and the destination course doesn't have a cartridge ID.
  • Content Areas: Content from content areas appearing on the course menu that have the same name in each course will be added in the same content area. Nothing is removed from the destination course and replaced with content from the source course.
  • Enrollments: If selected, the list of users in the course is copied. User records, such as discussion activity and grades aren't copied. User records are copied only if you select the Copy Course with Users (Exact Copy) option.
  • Delegated grading: Graders and settings are carried over to the new course when you use these:
    • Copy Course with Users (Exact Copy).
    • Copy Course Materials into a New Course and select the check box for Include Enrollments in the Copy.
    • Archive/restore, as users and their settings are part of an archived course.

    Delegated Grading Setting Without Enrollments

    When you copy a course without enrollments into a new course, the delegated setting is brought over as enabled for all existing delegated grading assignments. The instructor who copies the course is set to grade all submissions and reconcile grades.

    When you copy or import a course without enrollments into an existing course, the delegated setting is brought over as enabled for all existing delegated grading assignments. All current users who can reconcile are also set to grade all submissions.


Resolving copied course items

When copying content and tools from one course to an existing course, the course menu must resolve itself in the destination course.

How course items are resolved
If Then
A course area in the source course doesn't exist in the destination course. The area will be added to the course menu in the destination course.
The course area in the source course and the course area in the destination course have the same name and are of the same type. The content from the source course will be added, but won't replace the content in the area in the destination course.
The course area in the source course and the course area in the destination course have the same name but are of different types. The course area from the source course will be added to the destination course under a different name. The new name will append an incremental numeral to the name. For example, Course Materials will become Course Materials1.

Copy course cartridge content

Copy-protected cartridge content is copied only if you select the Course Cartridge Materials option. This option appears only if copy-protected cartridge content is in the course. The destination course maintains the availability settings for the source course.

If the destination course already has a cartridge ID, neither the cartridge content nor the cartridge ID may be copied from the source course to the destination course. If you select the Course Cartridge Materials option, the copy operation will be successful, but a note in the receipt states that the course cartridge materials won't be copied.

If the source course and the destination course have the same cartridge ID, the content may be copied successfully.


ULTRA: Copy a course you teach

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about copying courses.

You can copy all the content from another course that is currently on the system.

On the Course Content page, select the More options icon next to the Books and Tools link. Select Copy/Import to open the Copy Content panel.

The Copy/Import option isn't available for courses in Ultra preview mode.

In the Copy Content panel, you can see all the courses that you're allowed to copy—the other courses you teach. Select a course from the list to copy all of its course content into the course you're in. After you select a course title, the copy action begins. When the copy workflow is complete, select OK at the bottom of the screen.

The copied content is added to the end of the content list. The copied content retains the visibility setting from the copied course. For example, hidden content in the copied course is hidden in the course you copied it to. Review all copied items to be sure you're showing the content you want to show.

Can’t find the course you’re looking for? If you want to copy content from another instructor’s course, it won't appear in your list. That instructor must export the content, send it to you, and then you can import it to your course.