Blackboard – Copy course content (rollover)

Staff guide: Follow these instructions to re-use course materials from another course.

Copying course materials into an existing course will add content to a course, but it won’t remove existing content. Past student enrolments or activities are not copied over.

Find your new courses

Check that your courses for the next academic year are visible in Blackboard. If you cannot find a course see the instructions in the guide New course checklist

Enter the original, source course.

  • Open the source course that contains the content you want to copy (rollover). This will normally be last year’s course – 21-22.
Select the source course for example MATH3081-42760-21-22

Select Course Copy

  • From the course Control Panel select Rollover (course copy)
    OR select Packages and Utilities and Course Copy.

Course copy options

  • Set University recommended options – select this option to automatically select recommended course materials to copy to next year’s course ID.
  • Destination course ID – this will default to the current course ID + one year. So if you are in the 21-22 course it will add the 22-23 course ID. If you are copying to a different course code, or different year Browse or paste the code here.
  • Select Course Materials –  the University recommended options are ticked. We would usually recommend copying over these static materials and settings only. Review the list and you can add to or remove items from the list.  For more information on other options see Behavior of copied materials.

Options for file attachments.

To copy ONLY  files that are linked in the course content (default).

The course files area holds all files that have been uploaded to this course. If an item is deleted from the course content area,  it will remain in the course files area. The default settings will not copy unlinked or deleted files into the new course.

  • Keep default setting –  Copy links and copies of the content.

To copy ALL files in the course files area – including learning objects such as SCORM/Articulate packages/ language skills and zipped files)

If you have uploaded zip files/learning objects, make sure you have opted to copy the entire course home folder to ensure these packages play correctly in the new course.

  • Select Copy links and copies of the content (include the entire course home folder).
  • Select Manage Package Contents to select and remove any course files you will no longer need in the new course.

Enrolments

  • Do not tick enrolments
  • Submit.

Confirmation

Follow up
  • You will see a screen telling you that your request has been queued and that you will receive an email when complete. The process should not take longer than 20 minutes.
  • Check your new course and make sure that the content has been copied over correctly.

Check permissions if you are re-using Panopto recorded sessions.

Panopto “Recorded Sessions” will not be rolled over into a new course by default. If you want to re-use recorded sessions or if you have embedded Panopto content in the course, follow this guide to Rolling over Panopto content

Troubleshooting

The course menu looks different in the new course

Your new year’s course will have the default template course menu. If you changed your course menu you will find the template menu links as well as any you added last year. 

  • You can hide or remove any menu items you don’t require and move your menu items so they match the previous year. Make sure any content areas are empty before you delete them.
  • Check menu items you are using are unhidden
  • See the guide: edit the course menu.

When you content and tools from one course to an existing course, the course menu must resolve itself in the destination course.

IfThen
A course area in the source course doesn’t 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.The content from the source course will be added, but won’t replace the content in the area in 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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