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Copying Courses and Course Components in D2L

You can copy all or part of a course into another D2L course using the Import/Export/Copy Components tool. Copying course components enables you to reuse your materials from a previous term, or if you are teaching two sections of the same course in the same term, you can build your course site in one section, then simply copy it into the other section

To copy course materials from one course to another, you must be listed as an instructor in both courses. If you are not the instructor in both courses, you can export your course to a .zip file, then import it into another course site in D2L.

Copying an Entire Course

  1. Go to the course you want to copy course components into. You must start in the destination course.
  2. Click (A) the gear icon to the right of your name in the minibar, then select (B) Import/Export/Copy Components from the dropdown menu. The Import/Export/Copy Components page will open
  3. Select Copy Components from Another Org Unit. Usually this option is selected by default.
  4. Click the Search for offering button. The Select Course Offering window will open.
  5. Find the course you want to copy components from. You can either search for a specific course by entering its code and clicking the magnifying glass icon, or just click the magnifying glass icon to see a list of all of your courses. The list will appear in the lower part of the window.
  6. Select the course you want to copy from the list.
  7. Click the Add Selected button at the bottom of the window. The window will close, and the course’s name will appear under the "Course to copy" heading.
  8. Make sure the Include protected resources checkbox is selected. Usually this box is selected by default.
  9. Click the Copy All Components button at the bottom of the page. The course copy will begin processing. When it is complete, a green check mark will appear.

Copying Part of a Course

  1. Complete steps 1-7 above.
  2. Click Select Components. A list of components available to copy will appear.
  3. Select the components you want to copy.
    • (A) If you want to select all of the items within a component, select Copy all items, make sure the Include associated files checkbox is selected, then click Continue.
    • (B) If you want to select some of the items within the component, select Select individual items to copy, make sure the Include associated files checkbox is selected, then click Continue. A new page will open that lists all items within the components you selected. Select the individual items within each component that you want to copy, then click Continue.
  4. If you would like to update dates automatically, you can select the Offset all dates of copied components box and choose how you would like the dates updated:
    1. Offset by direction and range: enter the number of days and hours to move the due dates forward or backward
    2. Calculate range between two dates: enter the start date form the previous quarter and the start date of the new quarter, which will translate the new dates onto the new term
  5. Click Finish. The copy process will begin. When it is complete, a summary page will be displayed.
  6. Click View Content when you are done copying course components. You will be taken to the course’s Content area OR if you didn't update your dates, you can select Review and Manage Dates to update them now.

Notes about Copying Between Courses

Copying courses is a complicated process, so be sure to review these notes before you get started.

Overwriting and Duplicating Items

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 your course site or files that you have uploaded to it. A course file is overwritten if one of the files being copied into your course has the same name as an existing file.

If you are copying components from the same source multiple times, be careful not to copy the same items more than once, or you will create duplicates that may be visible to users in the course.

Student Data

Student data is not copied from one course to another; only the course structures are copied. For example, if you copy a Discussion topic, only the prompt and discussion settings are copied, not the individual student posts.

Links and Associations between Components

If you are copying linked or associated components, e.g., files attached to a Submission folder or the HTML files for pages that you have created, you must copy all of the related components 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 you are copying an HTML file that contains a Panopto video, you will need to also copy all "External Learning Tools." This will include all videos in the copy, instead of just the holder.

Copying VoiceThreads

If your course copy contains any VoiceThreads, you will need to "re-link" them in your new course. After the copy, go into your new course and click on one of your VoiceThread links. You will then be prompted to re-select your VoiceThread. For more information on this process, visit our VoiceThread guide here.
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