There are a some situations where you may want to copy components of a D2L Brightspace course OR copy an entire D2L Brightspace course into another one. For example:
Copying an entire D2L Brightspace course OR copying components of a D2L Brightspace course into another D2L Brightspace course is not hard. As long as you are the instructor for both courses, it is a simple process you can do.
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 the course site or files that have been uploaded to it.) A course file is overwritten if one of the files being copied into the course has the same name as an existing file.
If copying components from the same source multiple times, be careful not to copy the same items more than once, or this will create duplicates that may be visible to users in the course.
Student data is not copied from one course to another; only the course structures are copied. For example, if a Discussion topic is copied, only the prompt and discussion settings are copied, not the individual student posts.
If copying linked or associated components, (e.g., files attached to an Assignment Submission folder or the HTML files for pages that have been created), all of the related components must be copied at the same time. To do this, be sure to select the "Include Associated Content" checkbox when it appears. As long as that box is checked, all associated components are copied and the links between them are retained.
Copied courses that have tests/exams with Respondus LockDown Browser enabled require instructors to access the Respondus LockDown Browser Dashboard once after the copy to update the settings in the destination course. This has to be done before students will be able to take exams that require Respondus.
When you copy course components from one course to another, confirm that all settings are configured for the Turnitin-enabled assignments in the destination course.
If you want to copy an entire D2L Brightspace course OR copy components from a D2L Brightspace course into another course, you should:
Double-check to make sure that you are in the course you want the content copied into AND that you have selected the correct course you want to copy content from. There is no way to reverse the copy process once the wrong course is selected and the copy request is submitted.
When copying a course that has been used for many semesters there may be extra items in the Manage Files area that are no longer used in the course. See the blog post on how to create a clean course copy to leave behind items that are not used and may even be slowing down your course copy.