copying a blackboard course
You can use Course Copy to copy course materials from one Blackboard course directly into another. This process will not provide a backup of your course; to make a backup, you will need to use the Export/Import function.
- From the Control Panel select Packages and Utilities.
- From the dropdown list, select Course Copy.
- From the Select Copy Typearea, select Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course.
- Under Select Copy Options to select the Destination Course ID, click Browse…
- Search for the course by choosing a search criterion. You can search by giving your Blackboard login name if you choose to search by Instructor. This will generate a list of courses that match the criterion. Click the radio button to the left of the course to copy to and click Submit.
- Check the materials you want to copy from the provided list.
**To copy a test and have it appear in the same content area it was in the source course, and retain its Grade Center column, you should simultaneously copy:
- the Content area in which a test was deployed
- Tests, Surveys, and Pool
- Grade Center Columns and Settings.**
· When you copy an assignment from one course to another, you must also copy the Grade Center.
· If you choose to copy group discussion forums, be sure to select both Discussion Board and Group Settings from the list.
· If you are copying blogs, wikis, or journals, you must select Blogs, Wikis, or Journals and the Course Content Area to which you linked the blog, wiki, or journal. Blogs, Wikis, and Journals will only copy correctly if they and their Content Area are copied simultaneously.
In the Course Files section on the Copy Course page, calculate the size of the course package to make sure it is not too large to import into another course. You will be given both the size of your course and the allowed package size.
- Click the Manage Package Contents,if your selection exceeds the limit, in order to remove files from the package to reduce the size of the package. Any files that are removed from the package will be replaced with a link to the file.
If you had tests or surveys in the old course and you copied the Grade Center but did not copy the tests or surveys to your new course, you will still see the columns that were automatically created in the old Grade Center in your new course’s Grade Center. The option to remove these columns is already in the Grade Center, so you can simply remove the unneeded columns.
There will be duplicate Total and Weighted Total columns that will need to be removed. It is a good idea to rename current course Total and Weighted Total columns to something like Total-Spring 2010, Weighted Total - Spring 2010, so it is clear which are the new columns, and then remove the Total and Weighted Total columns that come over from the old course.
- Click Submit.
NOTE: If the destination course already has some of the materials you are copying, Course Copy will add a redundant copy, so be sure to review the new course for duplicates.NOTE: Please wait at least 15 minutes after you receive the email indicating that the course copy is complete before going into the destination course.