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Copying Content Between Desire2Learn Courses

  • The Copy Components utility lets you copy quizzes, content, grade items, discussion forums, dropbox folders, and nearly every other type of component from another course offering or a course offering’s parent template. Copying components saves you from having to recreate your course’s resources from scratch and can significantly reduce the amount of work required to create or re-offer a course.

    To copy components between course offerings, you must be enrolled in both offerings (If you want to copy components from a peer’s course offering, ask that user to enroll you). No special enrollment is required to copy components into a course offering from its parent course.

    Steps to Copy Components:

    1. Go to the Import/Export/Copy page for the course you want to copy components into by doing one of the following:
      1. Click the Edit Course link on your course navigation bar, and then click Export_ImportexportCopyComponentsIconImport/Export/Copy Components.

      2. In the Course Administration widget, on your course homepage, click Import/Export/Copy Components.
    2. Make sure Copy Components from Another Org Unit is selected, and then click Next.

    3. In the Current Course Components section at the top, you can click the Show the current course components link next to a component to see existing items.
    4. In the Copy the selected course components from section, select the course you want to copy content from.
      1. Choose Existing Offering to copy components from another course offering you are enrolled in. You can select an offering from the drop-down list, or click Search for offering using a pop-up search window.
    5. When you have selected the source course offering or template, the bottom section of the page expands to list the components available. Select the components you want to copy using the check box next to each component.
    6. To copy only certain items from a component, choose Select individual items to copy. This allows you to select individual quizzes, discussion forums, or dropbox folders.
    7. When you are finished selecting components, click Next.
      1. If you did NOT choose Select individual items to copy for any component in the previous step:
        1. The Confirm Components to Copy page appears. This page lists all of the items and any sub-items contained in the current component. For example, on the Select Dropbox Items page, you will see all of the dropbox folders and categories.
      2. If you chose Select individual items to copy for any component in the previous step:
        1. The Select Items page appears.
        2. Select the individual items and sub-items you want to copy and click Next
        3. To view sub-items, click the + icon next to an item or click Expand All at the top of the list.
          Note: Not all components have sub-items.
        4. Repeat the previous step for any other components for which you chose Select individual items to copy. The Confirm Components to Copy page appears. This page lists all the components that are copied and the number of items selected for each component.
    8. You can change the items selected within a component by clicking Modify. This takes you to the Select Items page for that component.Copying_ConfirmComponentsToCopy
    9. Click Next to begin copying.
      1. The Copy Summary page is displayed, showing the copy progress.Copying_CopySummary
      2. When a component has been successfully copied, a green check mark appears beside it. If any component fails to copy properly, a red X will appear beside it.
    10. When the process if finished, click Done.

    Overwriting and Duplicating Content

    The only component that might be overwritten is Course Files. A course file is overwritten if one of the files being copied has the same name as an existing file.

    No other components are overwritten. Let’s say you have three checklists in your current course offering and copy two checklists from another offering: you will now have a total of five checkilsts in the current offering. This is true even if the components are identical. 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.

    User Data and Importing Course Components

    User data is not copied. For example, if you copy the discussion component, only the forums and topics are copied, not the messages posted to topics. Similarly, if you copy dropboxes, assignments submitted to dropbox folders are not copied; if you copy quizzes, user attempts are not copied, etc.

    Links and Associations Between Components

    If you are copying linked or associated components, you must copy all of the related components at the same time. For example, if a discussion topic has release conditions based on the results of a quiz, you must copy all three components—discussions, quizzes, and release conditions—at the same time. As long as the associated components are copied together, links between them are retained.


    Special Considerations When Copying Course Components
    Component Notes
    Competencies Competencies, learning objectives, and associated activities are copied.
    Content Does not include Files or Content Display Settings; these must be selected as separate components. Be sure to copy all of the files used by the content topic, or the topic will not display properly.
    Checklists Due dates for checklist items are not changed when you copy them.
    Groups and Sections Auto-enrollments are not run in the new course. You must enroll users yourself.
    Navigation Bars Tool Display Names must also be copied, if you have modified the names of tools.
    Release Conditions The only release conditions that are copied are ones that are attached to and reference other components that are copied at the same time. For instance, if a quiz has a release condition attached that refers to a content topic, it is only copied if both the quiz and the content topic are copied at the same time. Choosing Release Conditions without selecting any other component does nothing.

    Original document property of Desire2Learn.  Modified by IUP to reflect IUP's D2L environment.