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Desire2Learn 9.0

Copying Components of a Course

If there are course components (e.g., a survey, a document) that you use every time you teach a course, or in multiple courses, you may want to copy them from one course to another rather than recreate them each time. This document covers how to copy course components. Be sure to read the Important Considerations before proceeding.

return to topImportant Considerations

Although copying components can speed up setting up a course, some adjustments will be necessary after you have copied the desired component(s). It is a good idea to verify that all content is correct and that all links are working after copying content. Below are some items that will need your attention before the copied component is ready for use in your course. For a more detailed checklist, refer to Updating Courses after Copying Components.

Content Availability
If you have restricted the availability dates, those dates will need to be updated for quizzes, dropbox folders, discussion forums and topics, grades, content items, and news items.

Grades
Gradebook settings do not copy. If you copy your grades structure, you will need to define the gradebook settings and the default grade scheme for the new course.

Schedule
Course events are copied from one course to another if the Schedule is selected when defining components that should be copied. The event dates will need to be changed once imported into the new course. You can also import calendar events from a .csv file. Calendar information can be stored and updated in Excel, the file converted to a .csv file and imported. It is always important to review the dates of all items to make sure that they reflect the semester in which the course is being taught.

return to topCopying All Components

Even though some adjustments will be necessary, copying components from an existing or previous course can save you the time of recreating frequently used course components.

  1. Access the course to which you want to copy the components

  2. On the Navigation bar, click EDIT COURSE
    The Course Administration pane appears.

  3. From the Tools list, click IMPORT/EXPORT/COPY COMPONENTS
    The Import/Export/Copy Components pane appears.
    Import/Export/Copy Components link

  4. Select Copy Components from Another Org Unit

  5. Click NEXT
    The Copy Course Components pane appears.

  6. In the Copy the selected course components from section, from the Existing Offering pull-down menu, select the course containing the components you want to copy
    The pane refreshes displaying components available for copying.
    Copy the selected course components from an Existing Offering

  7. To copy all components, in the Choose Components to Copy section, select Select All Components
    NOTE: An item is selected if a check mark appears before it.
    Select All Components

  8. Click NEXT
    The Select Course Material pane appears.
    Select Course Material pane

  9. To confirm the components, click NEXT
    The Copy Course Components pane appears.
    Copy Course Components pane

  10. Click DONE
    The desired components were successfully copied.

    NOTE: After copying course components, refer to Updating Courses after Copying Components to review all the necessary steps to ensure that your new course information is accurate.

return to topCopying Individual Components

Instead of copying all components from an existing course, you can select individual components to copy.

  1. Access the course to which you want to copy the component

  2. On the Navigation bar, click EDIT COURSE
    The Course Administration pane appears.

  3. From the Tools list, click IMPORT/EXPORT/COPY COMPONENTS
    The Import/Export/Copy Components pane appears.
    Import/Export/Copy Components link

  4. Select Copy Components from Another Org Unit

  5. Click NEXT
    The Copy Course Components pane appears.

  6. In the Copy the selected course components from section, from the Existing Offering pull-down menu, select the course containing the components you want to copy
    The pane refreshes, displaying components available for copying.
    Copy the selected course components from an Existing Offering

  7. To copy selected components, in the Choose Components to Copy section, select the desired components
    NOTE: An item is selected if a check mark appears before it.
    HINTS:
    Content refers to the module and topic structure displayed on the Content map.
    Course Files refers to the files which are linked to in the Content map.
    Select both Content and Course Files unless you are changing the files to be linked.
    Choose Components to Copy section

  8. Click NEXT
    The Select Course Material pane appears.
    Select Course Material pane

    NOTE:
    To change the selected components, click MODIFY or BACK
    The Copy Course Components pane reappears, with your choices selected.

  9. To confirm the components, click NEXT
    The Copy Course Components pane appears.
    Copy Course Components pane

  10. Click DONE
    The desired components were successfully copied.

    NOTE: After copying course components, refer to Updating Courses after Copying Components to review all the necessary steps to ensure that your new course information is accurate.

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