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[D2lnews] Preparing your Spring Courses



As you begin to look towards spring semester, remember that you can copy the content from your current D2L site into the spring site.

Just do the following in the new Spring 2005 course:

Choose Edit Course (upper right)
Choose Components (nav bar, near the middle)
In the second area, Copy Course Components, select the Fall 2004 site from the list of courses. You will be looking for a course with a course code starting with 0590--the code for fall 2004. (If you need to copy from a site created earlier or transferred from Blackboard, use the site with 00000 as the course code). The code also includes the course number and section. Make sure you select the right course! Underneath the selection box, click the checkbox in front of "Select All." (Unless you want to copy only specific materials; if you want content, make sure you also select course files AND content.)
At the bottom of the page, click the Copy button.
After the confirmation page appears, return to your course with the link in the upper right. Voila! Your content is in your Spring course! You will need to do this process for all courses, every semester if you want to reuse content, or any other parts of your course.

In order to access your Gradebook items, you will have to go to Grades setup and choose a Grades Scheme and Grades Calculation method. Once you do this your Grade items will show up.

** The following items cannot currently be copied. These are NOT relevant to courses that were imported from Blackboard. Schedule (calendar), Frequently Asked Questions, Glossary, Navigation Bar Settings, some properties of dropboxes (preserving the original order of the dropbox folders and the option to "Add Event to Calendar"), some properties of content items (release conditions and the option to hide a content item), any "Quick Links" pointing to content items (they link to the former course; contact me for assistance in fixing these; quick links to websites, discussions, and other tools work correctly).

With the exception of the last one, you will need to recreate these items if you have been using them. D2L is aware of the frustration involved here and is working at improving the copy tool.

Also, don't forget to go to Edit Course and make you course active and modify the dates if you want students to have access before or after the dates listed on TitanWeb.

If you have questions, just let me know!

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