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Blackboard Course Copy


Blackboard Course Copy

The Course Copy feature of Blackboard enables you to copy content from one course to another. Course Copy will add content to a course, but it will not remove existing content. It just adds to whatever content already exists there in the new Destination course.

Any changes made after the course copy will not be reflected in both the original or new course.

Note: If you receive the Copy Complete email even though the content is not in the Destination, please wait a little more time and then check your course again.


1. Log into Blackboard and go into the course that you want to copy materials from.     
2. Click Packages and Utilities under Control Panel then click Course Copy
3. Make sure that next to Select Copy Type, it says Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course.
  Note: The Destination course must already exist for materials to be copied into it.   
4. Click the Browse button.    
5. A pop-up window will appear where you can select the new course. Click the radio button (circle).
  Note: If you do not see the course listed scroll to the bottom of the pop-up window to check for additional pages of course listings.  
6. Click the Submit button.  

  Note: The Destination Course ID field will populate with the course you selected.  
7. To make sure you copy everything, check the Select All button.   

Note: You can remove what you do not want in the new course during your course clean up.

  • Discussion Board: Copying Discussion Forums, you have two options.
    1. Include starter posts/treads in each forum (anonymized): if you require your students to respond to your post and your post only.
    2. Select to include only the  forums, with no starter posts: this removes previous students' responses.



  • Grade Center Columns and Settings: Items in the Grade Center and their settings such as type, categories, and display options are copied.
  • Rubrics
  • Tests, Surveys, and Pools: All tests and surveys, including questions and options for deploying them are copied. All pools are copied.Note: When copying over tests, they may appear under Course Tools in Tests, Surveys, and Pools.You may have to deploy the test so that students will be able to take the test.
8. Under File Attachments, make sure “Copy links and copies of the content” is selected.


Note: If using Content Collection, you select “Copy links and copies of the content (include entire course home folder),” you can click Calculate Size to see the size of your package/files that you will be copying over. 

If the package size is large, and there are some files that you do not need to copy over, click the Manage Package Contents button and the following will display. 


  1. On this page, you can select files that you want to remove from the package by checking the checkbox next to them. Anything that is selected here will not be copied.
  2. Click Submit when finished. 


  When finished, click the Submit button.

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