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Complete a Course Copy in Blackboard: Instructors

Complete a Course Copy

Follow the step-by-step process below to copy course material from one course shell into another, such as from a Master Course to a term course or across multiple sections of a course in the same term. For example, if an instructor has four sections of the same course one term, they can save time by developing content in only one section and then using the “Course Copy” feature to duplicate the content in the other three sections instead of recreating the content four times. 

To complete a course copy, follow these steps:

  1. Open the course that is to be copied (the Source Course).
  2. In the “Control Panel” area on the left side of the screen, click to expand Packages and Utilities and select Course Copy.
  3. On the “Copy Course Page,” in section 1, “Select Copy Type,” leave the default “Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course" option.
  4. In section 2, “Destination Course ID,” click the Browse button. A second window will open containing all of the courses for which you are the instructor.
  5. Use the Search feature or just scroll through the list of courses and click to select the course that is to receive the results of the copy process (the Destination Course).
    • NOTE: There may be multiple pages listing the courses. Use the arrows in the bottom right of the window to page through the list, or click the “Show All” button to see all of the courses on the first page.
  6. Click the Submit button to save your choice for the Destination Course.
  7. The Destination Course ID should now be in the designated field on the Copy Course page.
  8. Next click to select each aspect of the Source Course that is to be included in the Course Copy.
    • NOTE: If the course contains Blackboard Assignments/SafeAssignments or Exams, make sure to include the Grade Center columns and settings option.
      • If you use the “Select All” or “Unselect All” buttons, ensure that the desired individual content items are actually checked or unchecked.
      • You may receive an error if you have Enrollment Options and/or Course Duration marked. These options are controlled by system administrators and by the data loads.  You can leave these options unchecked and the course copy will process normally.
  9. If you made a partial selection of content to copy in step 6, click to select the Limit files to only files linked into the selected content areas optionDoing so allows the system to leave behind any files associated with content areas that were not copied to the Destination Course.
  10. When finished with the options, click Submit
    • NOTE: An email notification will be sent when the copy request is processed. A Course Copy can take as long as an hour, depending on the size of the course and how many other requests have been made. After the course copy is complete, a notification banner appears displaying the copy operation status at the top of the destination course Home Page. This is simply a log of the course copy process.
      • If after an hour the Destination Course is still empty, please contact OIT support for assistance. Do NOT perform the Course Copy more than once. Multiple copy requests result in excess copies of all the material in the Destination Course which must be corrected by deleting items individually, or performing a bulk delete procedure before copying the Source Course again.
    • NOTE: Many of the tools in Blackboard (including the “Add/Modify Enrollments” tool) WILL NOT function until the notification banner is cleared. To clear the notification banner, click on "click here" to review the copy log or simply click the “X” in the upper right corner of the notification banner. Once the banner indicates the process is complete and the notification banner is dismissed, all of the tools will function normally.
    Screenshot of the banner stating that the course copy was successful with "Click here" and the "x" highlighted.
    copy status notification banner