Copy a Course

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Instructors can COPY all, or parts, of an existing course into a new course shell or an existing course shell. A course COPY can include course materials, as well as settings for interactive tools like DISCUSSION BOARD forums, BLOGS and JOURNALS.

To Copy Course Content:

  1. Navigate to the course with the material to be copied, and then go the Control Panel.
  2. Click on Packages and Utilities, and then select Course Copy.
  3. Click Browse to select which course will receive the copied information.
  4. Tick the boxes next to the items you would like to copy.
  5. Verify Copy links and copies of the content (include all Course Files) has been selected.  This will copy course links and files from the current course folder into the destination course and Content folder (see Figure 1: Control Panel: Content).
  6. Click Submit. A confirmation screen will appear once the system has received the copy request.

Table 1: Select Course Materials

When copying Course materials, you will be asked which elements of the course you wish to copy by selecting the check boxes next to Content Areas and Tools.  The following table describes what happens to each selectable option when the copy is performed.

Course Content, Tools and Settings

Behaviour When Copied


Content Areas


Content from Course Menu content areas that have the same name in each course will be added in the same content area. Nothing will be removed from the destination course and replaced with content from the source course.

Adaptive Release rules for content

When content is copied, all associated Adaptive Release rules are also copied (for example, settings for when an assignment is visible to students).


All Announcements are copied.



All Blog settings are copied, but Blog entries are not copied.

For example, if the Instructor has set up Course or Individual Blogs, these settings will also be applied to the destination Course. However, posts from Course or Instructor Blogs are NOT copied.



All Calendar items are copied to the new Course.


Course staff contact information, including images, is copied.

Content Alignment

Course goals and target alignments are copied.

Discussion Board

Discussion Board Forums, including the initial message in the forum, are copied

Retention Center Rules

Copies all Retention Center rules.


Glossary terms and definitions are copied.

Grade Center Items and Settings

Items in the Grade Center, and their settings, such as type, categories, and display options, are copied.

Group Settings

To copy a group structure into a new course, use the Import Group Structure from within your new course.


All Journal settings are copied, but Journal entries are not copied. For example, if the Instructor has set up Individual Journals, these settings will also be applied to the destination Course. However, Journal posts are NOT copied.


All assignment rubrics are copied.




When you select Settings, the following 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.

If you do not want to copy all of the settings from an existing course, you have the option to copy any of the following individual settings: availability, banner image, course guest access, course observer access, duration, enrollment, options, language pack and navigation settings. 

Note:  While copying, the Course Availability of the source course will be 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 will be changed.


All course tasks and dates are copied.

Tests, Surveys and Pools.

All Assessments and Surveys, including questions and options for deploying them are copied. All Pools are copied.

Wikis All wiki pages and content are copied.