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Copying a Course

With the Import/Export/Copy Components tool, instructors can copy an entire course or components of a course into another course in D2L Brightspace. If you are copying from an existing course in D2L Brightspace at EIU, it is always recommended that you use the Copy option and not import/export.  Import/Export is used when the course to be copied exists on another D2L server or a course package from a publisher is being imported.  

You must be an instructor in both courses to copy a course or course components into another course.

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Copying a Course or Course Components


Written Guide Guide: Copying a Course or Course Components

Before you begin the process of copying a course, it is beneficial to copy or write down the complete D2L title of the course you wish to copy.  You will be conducting a search for the course you are copying.  Many courses have similar titles in D2L Brightspace and your course will be easier to locate if you have the complete title.

  1. Log into D2L Brightspace,  go to the course you want to copy content into (the new course), then, select Edit Course on the navbar. 
  2. Select Import/Export/Copy Components on the course Administration page.
    Import Export Copy Components

  3. On the Import/Export/Copy Components page, verify that Copy Components from another Org Unit is selected then select Search for Offering.
    Search for Offering

  4. In the Search Box, paste or type the title of the title of the course you want to copy, then select Search. If the course is not listed in the search results, either the title was entered incorrectly or you are not an instructor in the course you are attempting to copy.
    Search for course to copy

  5. Locate the course you want to copy in the search results, select the radio (round) button to the left of the course, then select the Add Selected.
    Select course and add selected

  6. Verify that the course listed under "Course to Copy" is the correct course.
    Course to copy

  7. If copying the entire curse, select Copy All Components at the bottom of the page. 
    If copying a portion of the course, click Select Components, select the components you want to copy, then click Continue and Finish.
    D2L recommends copying all components between courses to ensure you maintain all desired associations, then delete any undesired material in the new course.
    Copy all components or select components

  8. The copy process may take a few minutes based on the amount of content in the course.
    copy in progress image

  9. After verification that the copy has completed, select View Content or Review and Manage Dates.


The written instructor guides and video simulations on the D2L Solutions site are developed and brought to you by the

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