Copying a Previous Course in Blackboard

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Last Updated: August 11, 2020
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Blackboard provides a batch copy tool to move multiple entire areas of your course at once. This is ideal if you plan to reuse the majority of your content from a previous course.

1. Enter your old course by clicking its name in the My Courses module.
2. In the Control Panel, select Packages and Utilities, then Course Copy.

3. Click Browse to the right of Destination Course ID (opens in a new window).

4. Select your new course from the list, then click Submit.
5. Check the boxes next to all areas you wish to copy. It’s usually easiest if you check most boxes (except Enrollments), then delete the content you don’t need from your new course later.

If you only want to copy some parts of your course, keep these tips handy.

  • When copying Discussion Boards make sure to click on the forum in your new class and choose the correct option for you. If you have graded Discussion Boards make sure to also check the box next to Grade Center Columns and Settings.
  • When copying Tests or Surveys, you must select:
    • The Content Area where they’re located
    • Grade Center Columns and Settings
    • Tests, Surveys, and Pools
  • When copying Assignments, select:
    • The Content Area where they’re located
    • Grade Center Columns and Settings
  • When copying SafeAssignments, select:
    • The Content Area where they’re located
    • Grade Center Columns and Settings
    • After the copy has completed, you’ll need to synchronize your new course. Contact us for help!
  • Copy everything in one shot if possible. If you do several course copies with Grade Center Columns and Settings selected, you will end up with duplicate columns in your Grade Center!

6. Click Submit. The next page will say that you’ll get an email when the copy has completed.
7. Wait a few minutes (15 is usually sufficient), then check your new course.

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