Blackboard Course Copy Tips

To copy a course from a previous semester or to an additional section during the same semester follow these instructions, please read each note carefully:

  • Open the course you want to copy into your new course shell
  • Go to Course Management > Select Packages and Utilities >Select Course Copy

Follow these instructions for a successful course copy:

1. Select Copy Type


2. Select Copy Options
> Here Browse the Destination Course ID by selecting the Browse... buttonDestID
If you have many courses in the system be careful to select the right one, the most current semesters are normally located at the end of the list.

Select Course Materials

Select Copy Options_v3
Tests, Rubrics, Banner, Wiki
> Here select the content areas to copy.

If you have customized your navigation select the buttons that you have created, and have content within them.

Copying Tests

For tests and quizzes to copy over properly, three areas need to be selected:

  • The TESTS content area
  • Grade Center Columns and Settings
  • Tests, Surveys and Pools

NOTE: If copying deployed tests from a Fall 13 course to a Fall 14 course you may need to copy the Test, Surveys and Pools file and re-deploy the individual tests using the upgraded features. If you are copying test content areas from Spring 14 this should not be a problem.

Copying Assignments and SafeAssignments 

For assignments to copy over properly, two areas need to be selected

  • Assignments content area
  • Grade Center Columns and Settings

Discussion Boards/Journals

If you copy discussion boards, all the student entries are copied over.  You can choose this method and then delete the student entries, or leave the discussion board unchecked and recreate the forums.

Banner Image
  • If you are planning on making a new banner for the course don't select Banner Image


  • Communications
  • Student Help
  • Instructor Help
  • Course Evaluation
Formatting Note

Any customized content areas will copy to the bottom of the left nav area. To move them hover over the button and hold down your mouse button over the arrow, drag the button up to the order of your choice.




3. File Attachments


If any of your content areas are over large, use the copy course feature to copy the individual area to the new course.
You can also do this if the copy misses an area the first time through.

4. Enrollments

NEVER Copy enrollments from one semester to another. Leave this Blank.


5. Submit

A message indicating the copy has begun will show up at the top of the course.
You will receive an email when the copy is complete. Courses with large amounts of content may take time, be patient.Submit

Now Update Your New Course

In the new course shell:

  • Make sure edit mode is on. 

  • Arrange the  course menu in an order that makes sense for the students and matches the syllabus

  • Make updates to the content areas as needed, update assignments, content and resource links

  • New course syllabus

  • Add assignment due dates

  • If needed: deploy tests from Test, Surveys & Pools area using new Test Deployment Options

  • Review and edit Grade Center

When copying the grade center you will end up with multiple total columns. 

Go to your new course > Full Grade Center and use the MANAGE > Column Organization tool to reorganize the columns. 

To organize your new grade center you have the option delete unneeded grade center columns, unused total and test columns in Full Grade Center view. Note that grade center columns connected to assignments created in content areas must be removed from it's content area, the tools will not allow you to delete these from Full Grade Center view.



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