You can import courses from a D2L Brightspace export file using this tool. You can also import components created in other learning managements systems, provided by content vendors, or created in a content creation program (like Respondus). To import components, you must have a file containing the components in a format supported by the Import tool.
Course Copy is the preferred tool when copying a course from semester to semester because all elements of the course will be identical, minus student data. The export/import tools are useful when sharing a course with another instructor or importing to another system. Some of the elements lost in the import process that are not lost in the course copy process include: Release conditions, active Course Homepage, custom widgets, and active Theme.