Overview:

The Import/Export/Copy Components utility lets instructors copy component(s) from another course offering, export course component(s) and import course component(s).

Copying components saves instructors and designers from having to recreate course resources from scratch and can significantly reduce the amount of work required to create or re-offer a course.

Copy Components from another Org Unit
Copy All Components
Select Components
Export Components Import Components

 

How to Copy Content Between Courses

Enter the course where the materials are to end up - the course into which the components need to be copied.

D2L DL CD v1073 screenshot - enter the course you wish to copy components into

 

When in the course, from the right side of the user name, select the "Admin Tools" gear icon and then select "Import/Export/Copy Components" from the drop menu.

D2L DL CD v1073 screenshot - selecting the Admin tools drop menu from the right of the user name - then selecting "Import/Export/Copy Components link

Note: Users can also access the "Import/Export/Copy Components" tool via the "Course Admin" area and via the "Content" area in a course. These alternate methods are in addition to the method described here.

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When in the "Import / Export / Copy Components" area:

Choose "Copy Components from Another Org Unit" radio button and click the "Search for offering" button.

 

D2L DL CD v1073 screenshot - select the "Copy Components from another Org Unit" radio button

 

A pop-up window will display. Select the magnifying glass icon to display courses that are affiliated with the user account. Courses that the user is enrolled in as instructor role will display.

D2L DL CD v1073 screenshot - select the magnifier icon

 

After courses display, select the radio button associated with the course from which to copy the components - and then click "Add Selected" to continue the process.

D2L DL CD v1073 screenshot - select the radio button associated with the course and then Add Selected button

 

If some courses associated with the user account do not display in the table, the user can search for any non-displayed courses and/or expand the number of courses that display in the table by changing the "per page" drop menu to a larger number.

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The course that the components will be copied from displays under the "Course to Copy:" area. The user then selects either the "Copy All Components" button or the "Select Components" from the bottom of the page. Selecting the "X" (next to the course name) will cancel the process.

Selecting "Copy All Components"

D2L DL CD v1073 screenshot - select the course offering or search for a course offering

 

Caution: Selecting the "Copy All Components" button starts the copy of all components from the identified "Course to Copy" into the target course immediately - there is no delay and there is no cancellation of the process once the "Copy All Components" button is selected.

During the copy process, the display typically reads "The copy is queued, please wait for processing..." in a status bar.

D2L DL CD v1073 screenshot - processing is happening after selection of the "Copy All Components" button

 

During the copy process a "Copying in progress..." indicator will display:

D2L DL CD v1073 screenshot - "Copying in progress..." indicator display is pictured

 

After the "Copy All Components" process completes a green check-mark process complete indicator icon appears along with a time stamp display denoting date and time of the job.

D2L DL CD v1073 screenshot - icon indicating completion and time stamp appear

 

After a successful copy process completes, the user can select either the "Copy Another Package" button or the "View Content" button.

  • Selecting the "View Content" button takes the user to the Content area.
  • Selecting the "Copy Another Package" button takes the user back to the beginning of the Import/Export/Copy Components area and users can elect to copy more items from another course ("Copy Another Package") or not.

Use caution when electing to copy more items (using "Copy All Components" or "Select Components") from the same course that has just been copied because duplicates may occur.*

 

At the beginning of the Import/Export/Copy Components area, after a "Copy All Components" or "Select Components" routine has been performed, a "View History" link appears.

 

D2L DL CD v1073 screenshot - selecting View History link

 

Selecting the "View History" link allows users to review when a copy was performed and from which course they made a copy.

Selecting the green check-mark "Copy Completed" icon will take the user into a detailed step-by-step description of what was copied from which course and when this occurred time-wise.

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The "Select Components" button (from the bottom of the page) behaves differently than the "Copy All Components" button.

D2L DL CD v1073 screenshot - selecting the select components button

"Select Components" allows users to choose what they wish to copy over into the course as opposed to the whole course coming over automatically. After selecting what to copy over users select the "Continue" button and follow the prompts.

D2L DL CD v1073 screenshot - selecting individual components for copy into a course during a copy org-to-org procedure

 

After copying org-to-org, users should check the course into which the components were copied to see how the copying worked out. Test linkages to verify that all is working as intended.

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Note:

*D2L will only ADD components to a course - the process DOES NOT OVERWRITE (with the exception of course files). Components can double and triple up if the user repeats copying a component(s) over and over again - this can cause confusion!

It may take some time for the components to load below the "Choose Components to Copy" statement. Until the components load you can't select and move forward. There is typically a shorter load time for less components and longer load time for more components.

Additional Information

Brightspace help files (links will open in a new window or tab dependent on browser settings):

Export Components

Exporting the components of a Brightspace LE course creates a .zip file that can be reused. Exporting a course package out of Brightspace LE is facilitated via the Import/Export/Copy Components tool accessed via the Course Admin area.

Brightspace help files (links will open in a new window or tab dependent on browser settings):

To keep a copy of a Brightspace LE course (components and organization only - no student data) on a local computer, instructors can export the course components and save the .zip file to a local computer.

Import Components

Importing a course package into Brightspace LE is facilitated via the Import/Export/Copy Components tool accessed via the Course Admin area.

Brightspace help files (links will open in a new window or tab dependent on browser settings):

To update a blank BSLE course with components from another course, instructors can use the import feature to import an exported course .zip file (Brightspace LE course components and organization ONLY - no student data) if an export has taken place and the .zip file is accessible.

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NOTE: What dialogue box windows look like and how dialogue box windows and browsers interact is dependent upon the operating system and browser being used. The screenshots in this tutorial may differ from the screen that the user is viewing when performing the actions described in this tutorial.

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