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[D2lnews] Copying course content for a new semester



It's fairly easy to replicate your content into a new course site for
Fall. Just do the following in the Fall 2005 course: 

Choose Edit Course (upper right) 

Choose Components (nav bar, near the middle) 

In the second area, Copy Course Components, select the old site from
the drop down list of courses. The long code will indicate which course
number, section, and semester the site is from (0590= fall 04, 0595 =
spring 05, 0600 = fall 05). (Do not select Parent Template.)

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 Fall 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. 

** The following items cannot currently be copied. 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 or
surveys/quizzes (they link 
to the former course; contact me for assistance in fixing these). With 
the exception of the last one, you will need to recreate these items if

you have been using them. D2L has fixed this problem, but it won't take
affect until you are copying from courses created after the May
upgrade. 


Dr. AnnMarie Johnson
Instructional Developer, Blackboard/D2L campus administrator
UW Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd Polk Library
Oshkosh WI 54901
920-424-2210