To learn more about YORK’S COVID-19 response, visit our Coronavirus Updates page.

Skip to Main Content

Re-using everything including Grade Center

Course Copy almost everything

  1. Go to the empty course shell that you are going to use for the upcoming semester.
  2. On the course navigation menu, remove the menu links you will not use or copy from your previous course.
  3. Go to the previous course where you have the course materials and in the Course Management section.
  4. Open the Packages and Utilities tab then click on "Course Copy".
  5. On the Copy Course page, under Select Copy Options, click the "Browse..." button.
  6. In the pop-up window select the destination course by clicking the radio button next to the course. At the bottom right, click "Submit". You are back to the Copy Course page where you will select what to copy.
  7. Click "Select All" button. Do not check the check box in the Enrollments section at the bottom of the page.
  8. If you don't want to copy the announcements, uncheck the Announcements checkbox.
  9. If you want to copy discussion forum instructions and settings, but not the initial threads created by students, under "Discussion Board" check the radio button for "Include only the forums, with no starter posts." Leave everything else as is. Click "Submit".

Course copy can take a few minutes to a few hours. When the course copy is completed, you will receive an email notification.

Where to find the materials in the destination course

  1. Go to the destination course.
  2. Look at the course menu on the left. Bb will copy the menu items from your source/older course to the destination course and place them at the bottom of the course menu. 
  3. If you do not see the menu items related to your source/older course, click the refresh button on top of the course menu.Blackboard course menu refresh button
  4. You may find some duplicate menu names - one from the course template default menu, the other from copying from your older course.  Clean up your course menu to remove those that are no longer needed and switch menu item orders to fit your course needs by following this tutorial

Course Import almost everything

  1. Go to the appropriate folder on your computer to locate the file. Then go to your new course.
  2. In the Course Management section, open the Packages and Utilities tab, click on “Import Package/View Logs”.
  3. On the Import Package/View Logs page, click “Import Package”. Then click “Browse My Computer” to find your exported course package in zip format.
  4. Click on the file name and click on Open. You are back to the Import Package page where you will select what to import.
  5. In this case, you should click “Select All” button under “Select Course Materials”.
  6. If you don’t want to import the announcements, uncheck the Announcements checkbox.
  7. If you want to import discussion forum instructions and settings, but not the initial threads created by students, under “Discussion Board” check the radio button for “Include only the forums, with no starter posts.” Leave everything else as is. Click "Submit".

Course import can take a few minutes to a few hours.

What to do after?

You can go to your new course and do the following:

  1. Cleaning up the course menu by following the tutorial on 1.3.4 Adding and deleting menu links to tools and content areas; re-ordering links;
  2. Reviewing and updating your course materials when appropriate.

Need more help?


CTLET York College CUNY Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0