Blackboard (Faculty): How to Use Course Copy

As an instructor of a Blackboard (Bb) course site, you can copy course materials from one Bb course site to another using the Course Copy tool located in the Control Panel.

Note: You must have instructor access to both courses in order to copy materials between the courses.

Important information for using the Course Copy Function

  • You can only use this function to copy materials between courses for which you have instructor access.
  • This tool is best used for copying entire areas from one course to another. An example of an "entire area" is all content behind a navigation button, entire gradebook, all tests in test manager, etc.
  • This tool is not useful for copying individual content items and assignments from one course to another.
  • Be careful when selecting items to copy.  If you copy the wrong content, the solution is for the instructor to manually delete each area individually or do a bulk delete and delete “entire areas” and then recopy. 
  • When copying graded assignments, the grade center must be selected and copied at the same time.  If the grade center is not selected, graded assignments will not copy over.  

Step 1

Open the Blackboard course site that has the content you want to copy.

Select the course that has the content you want to copy. Typically, this is your previous semester course site.

My Courses
Step 2

Go to the Control Panel and select "Course Copy" under Packages and Utilities.

View of Blackboard Control Panel

Step 3

Select Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course from the dropdown menu. You can only copy materials between courses in which you have instructor access.

Copy Type options

Step 4

Destination Course

Enter the Destination Course ID (the course you are copying into)

To enter the Destination Course ID, you can either TYPE in the course id, or you can BROWSE to search for the course.

Step 5

Select the Content to Copy by doing the following:

  • Click the "Select All" button to select all the content contained in the course.
  • Uncheck "Quicklinks" to prevent duplicating the tools in Quicklinks.
  • Uncheck "Announcements" to prevent the old announcements from copying over to your new section.
  • Check the Discussion Board options:
    • If you create the first thread in your forums for students to reply to, select the first option: Include Starter posts for each thread in each forum.
    • If you do not create the first thread, select the second option: Include only the forum with no starter posts.

Options for Copy

Step 6

Select the correct copy link option: 

  • 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.  NOTE: This is the default and most widely used.  
  • 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. 

File Attachments

If the third option is selected: "Copy links and copies of the content (include entire course home folder)", the below option is displayed.  You can ignore this option.  

Click "Submit".   

Once you have completed the steps above, the following will happen automatically:

The request to copy content will be submitted. You will receive an email once the content has been copied. 



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