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Instructors can copy all components or copy part(s) of a course into another D2L course using the Import/Export/Copy Components tool.
To copy course materials from one course to another, the user completing the copy must be listed as an instructor in both courses. If a user is working with courses for which they are not the instructor, they can export the course to a .zip file, then import it into another course site in D2L.
See the notes on course copying for additional considerations related to this process.
Copying courses is a complicated process, so be sure to review these notes before starting.
In general, course components already in the destination course will not be affected by copying course components. The only course component that can be overwritten is a course file, i.e., HTML pages that have been created in the course site or files that have been uploaded to it. A course file is overwritten if one of the files being copied into the course has the same name as an existing file.
If copying components from the same source multiple times, be careful not to copy the same items more than once, or this will create duplicates that may be visible to users in the course.
Student data is not copied from one course to another; only the course structures are copied. For example, if a Discussion topic is copied, only the prompt and discussion settings are copied, not the individual student posts.
If copying linked or associated components, e.g., files attached to a Submissions folder or the HTML files for pages that have been created, all of the related components must be copied at the same time. To do this, be sure to select the "Include Associated Content" checkbox when it appears, as noted in the instructions above. As long as that box is checked, all associated components are copied and the links between them are retained.
If copying an HTML file that contains a Panopto video, all "External Learning Tools" will also need to be copied. This will include all videos in the copy, instead of just the holder. If Panopto videos have been copied incorrectly, see the instructions for
Embedding a Video from a Previous Section.