Blackboard Course Copy Lessons Learned

Blackboard Course Copy Lessons Learned

Over the past couple of years, we have learned some lessons that will help make your course copy easier. We also included items that you should ensure that you take care of before the term starts.

Ensuring a Smooth Course Copy

When copying your course to a new term, we still encourage you to follow these procedures:

We would like to emphasize the following:

  • When copying your discussion boards, select the radio button “Include only the forums, with no starter posts”.
  • In the “Enrollments” area, do not Check “Include Enrollments in the Copy”.

Steps to Take After Your Course Copy

Once your course has been copied, here are some steps to take:

  1. Test all links from a student’s perspective to ensure they work.  To help with broken links to content, we recommend that you link to content you build in Google Docs. For some courses, students have had difficulty accessing content. Linking to Google Docs has helped the problem. Read more. This has also made updating the course much easier.
  2. Update your Blackboard announcements. You may need to adjust the dates if you are restricting announcements by date. Reorder announcement as appropriate for your course.
  3. Review your content for any material that may have dates; this includes material that is date restricted. Update the material to match the current term.

Hopefully, these suggestions will help you rollover your course with less hassle. If you have questions about any of these items, please contact me or another member on the TEI team.

Stan Skrabut, Ed.D.

Stan is Director of Technology-Enhanced Instruction. He has over 20 years experience working as an instructional technologist and trainer. He has a master’s degree in computing technology in education and a doctorate in education specializing in instructional technology.

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