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For Summer 2017 courses ONLY the import/export process will need to be used in order to copy course materials over to the summer shells.

When copying course materials, certain things occur:

  • Content: Course materials, including uploaded files, learning modules, and links are copied. Course information, course documents, assignments and URLs are optional.

  • Assignments created inside lesson plans will not copy properly. Be sure to copy your assignments separately to ensure that everything is correct.

  • Announcements: All announcements are copied.

  • Tests, Surveys, and Pools: All tests and surveys, including questions and options for deploying them are copied. All pools are copied.

  • Calendar: All calendar items are copied to the new course.

  • Dates: Course item and tool dates do not change.

  • Discussion Board: Decide whether to include starter posts for each thread in each forum (anonymously) or include only forums with no started posts in the course copy.

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

  • Group Settings: Settings include the names of the groups, the settings for tool availability, and the discussion board forum names.

  • Contacts: All contacts are copied.

  • Course Settings: If selected, 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

    • Observer Access

    • Course Duration

    • Enrollment Options

  • Links: Links to parts of a course that are not included in the copy will break when the links appear in the destination course. For example, if a link to a test appears in a course area and you choose not to copy tests, the link to the test will break.

  • Course Cartridge Materials: The course cartridge materials option is only successful if the source course includes copy-protected cartridge content and the destination course does not have a cartridge ID.

  • Content Areas: Content from content areas appearing on the course menu that have the same name in each course will be added in the same content area. Nothing is removed from the destination course and replaced with content from the source course.

  • Enrollments: If selected, the list of users in the course is copied. User records, such as discussion board posts, grades, and assessment attempts are not copied. Please do NOT select this setting! User records are only copied if you select the Copy Course with Users (Exact Copy) option.

Resolving Copied Course Items

 When copying content and tools from one course to an existing course, the course menu must resolve itself in the destination course. The following table describes how course menu items are resolved.




A course area in the source course does not exist in the destination course.

The area will be added to the course menu in the destination course.

The course area in the source course and the course area in the destination course have the same name and are of the same type, for example, Syllabus, Course Documents, or Resources.

The content from the source course will be added, but will not replace the content in the area within the destination course.

The course area in the source course and the course area in the destination course have the same name but are of different types.

The course area from the source course will be added to the destination course under a different name. The new name will append an incremental numeral to the name. For example, Course Materials will become Course Materials1.


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