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Course Copy

This section deals with functions found in the Control Panel area labeled Course Copy.

Course Copy
Export/Archive Course
Import Course Cartridge


Course Copy

How can I move the content from my old Blackboard site into my new site?

Course Copy can be used to copy selected Course materials into an existing Course without having to recreate the content. This option adds content to a Course, without deleting existing content.
Copying Course Content  (Quick Video)
 
Note: A user can only copy materials into a Course where the user has a role of Instructor, Instructional Staff, or Course Builder. 
  1. Starting in the course site from which you are copying, select Course Copy on the Control Panel and then click Course Copy again from the dropdown menu.
  2.  Enter a Bb Course ID for the destination Course (e.g., ENG101_F2012) or click Browse to open a Search function in a separate window.
  3. Select copy options. DO NOT select "Settings" you you will end up with duplicate menu items. (The table below lists the options that are available, followed by some explanations.)
  4. Submit.

Note: A Course Copy operation cannot be completed if the user does not select at least one of the following areas: Content Areas, Staff Information or Settings. If none of these options is selected a warning will appear.

Course Material
Behavior when copied
Information
All Staff Information is copied to the new Course.
Content Areas
Copies Course materials, including uploaded files, Learning Modules, links. Users may also select to include Course Information, Course documents, Assignments, and External Links.
Adaptive Release rules for content
Copies all Adaptive Release rules for Course content.
Announcements
All Announcements are copied to the new Course. This option must be selected or the links in Announcements to Assessments will be broken.
Blogs
Copies all posts and replies.
Calendar
All Calendar events are copied to the new Course.
Collaboration Sessions
Copies Collaboration Sessions.
Discussion Board
Discussion Board Forums, including the initial posts in each Forum, are copied to the new Course.
Early Warning System Rules
Copies all Early Warning System rules.
Glossary
Copies the Glossary.
Grade Center Items and Settings
Items in the Grade Center, and their settings, such as type, categories, and display options, are copied to the new Course.
Group Settings
Settings include the names of the Groups, the settings for tool availability, and the Discussion Board Forum names.
Journals
Copies all entries and replies.
Settings
Some Course Settings will be copied. See Course Settings for more information. It is recommended you not select the Navigation Settings option, to avoid duplicate menu items.
Contacts
Copies all Contacts entered in the Course.
Tasks
Copies all Tasks entered in the Course.
Tests, Surveys, and Pools
All Assessments and Surveys, including questions and options for deploying them are copied. All Pools are copied to the new Course.

Notes: E-Reserves cannot be copied from one Blackboard course to another. Please contact the Reserves Department (reserve@princeton.edu) to make course reserve requests.

Resolving Course Items 
When copying content and tools from one Course to an existing Course, the Course Menu must resolve itself in the destination Course. The table below describes the how Course Menu items are resolved.
If . . .
then . . .
a Course area in the source Course does not exist in the destination Course
the area will be added to the Course Menu in the destination Course.
the Course area in the source Course and the Course area in the destination Course have the same name and are of the same type (for example, External Links, Staff Information, or content)
the content from the source Course will be added, but will not replace, the content in the area within the destination Course.
the Course area in the source Course and the Course area in the destination Course have the same name but are of different types
the Course area from the source Course will be added to the destination Course under a different name. The new name will append an incremental numeral to the name (for example, Course Materials will become Course Materials1.
 
 
Links 
Links to parts of a Course that are not included in the copy will break when the links appear in the destination Course. For example, if there is a link to a Test in a Course area and Assessments are not copied, the link to the test will break.
 
Course Cartridge content
Copy Protected Cartridge content is only copied if the Course Cartridge Materials option is selected.  This option only appears if there is Copy Protected Cartridge content in the Course. The destination Course maintains the availability settings for the source Course.
If the destination Course already has a Cartridge ID (meaning it already includes Copy Protected cartridge content), neither the cartridge content nor the Cartridge ID may be copied from the source Course to the destination Course. If the Course Cartridge Materials option is selected, the copy operation will be successful, but a note in the receipt states that the Course Cartridge Materials will not be copied.
If the source Course and the destination Course have the same Cartridge ID, the content may be copied successfully.
 

Can my course builder do all this for me?

Yes, Instructors, Instructional Staff, and Course Builders can use this feature, as long as they are enrolled win both the old and new course with one of these three roles.

Can I copy files from another instructor's course?

 Yes, but you must be listed as an Instructor, Instructional Staff, or Course Builder in both the "To" and "From" courses.

Can I copy content to multiple courses at one time?

No, you can only copy to one course at a time.

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Export Course

Do I need to do something to save my course content?

Our current policy is to keep course sites available indefinitely. Users will have full access to them as long as they have the same Princeton NetID with which they are enrolled in the course site. If continued access after the semester is not desirable, course site Instructional Staff can make the sites unavailable to all students and guests by going to the control panel and selecting Settings (under Course Options) > Course Availability > No > Submit.

Can I save a copy of my course to my computer to be on the safe side, or to take with me if I leave the University?

You can save a copy of your course site using the Export utility . Note that this method does not  retrieve content that is stored in WebSpace and linked to your course / organization site

The Export Course utility creates a package of the course content that can later be imported into a Blackboard Learning System at another institution to be used to teach course with basically the same content. It is important to note that an exported course does not include any user interactions with the course—it only includes the content of the course. 

Export packages are downloaded as compressed .ZIP files.  Do not unzip an Export package or remove files from the package, otherwise the package will not be imported correctly.

To export a course, from the Control Panel:

  1. Click the chevron beside Packages and Utilities to open the contextual menu and select Export/Archive Course.
  2. Click the Export button then tick the boxes next to the materials you want to include in the Export Package.
  3. After the selections for Export Course are submitted, the system creates the Export package. When the package is complete, an email alert is sent to the Instructor. After the email is received, open the Export / Archive Manager and download the Export package to the local computer. Do not unzip an Export package or remove files from the package, otherwise the package will not import correctly.

    Export packages are saved as a .ZIP files. Exported files are named "ExportFile_ID_yyyymmddhhmmss.zip" where yyyy equals the year, mm equals the month, dd equals the date, hh equals the hour, mm equals the minute, and ss equals the second. Exporting a Course does not remove it from the system.

    When selected the following will be added to the Export package:
  • Content: Course materials, including uploaded files, Learning Modules, and links. Course Information, Course documents, Assignments and External Links are optional.
  • Announcements: All Announcements are exported.
  • Tests, Surveys, and Pools: All Assessments and Surveys, including questions and options for deploying them are imported. All Pools are exported.
  • Calendar: All Calendar items are exported.
  • Discussion Board: Discussion Board Forums, including the initial message in the forum, are exported.
  • Grade Center Items and Settings- Items in the Grade Center, and their settings, such as type, categories, and display options, are exported.
  • Group Settings: Settings include the names of Groups, the settings for tool availability, and the Discussion Board Forum names.
  • Contacts: All Contacts are exported.
  • Course Settings - These following settings are exported:
    • Course Name
    • Course Description
    • Course Entry Point
    • Course Design
    • Course Banner
    • Blackboard Tools
    • Building Block Tools
    • Content Tools
    • Course ID
    • Course Availability
    • Guest Access

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Can I open the exported course and look at the documents?

No, the exported course is intended to be viewed by reloading it to Blackboard or another compatible course management system .

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Are student records included in the Export?

No, only the sections listed on the Export page will be included.

One of the choices is Groups - does this mean the students in the groups will be exported?

No, only the group names and settings will be exported.

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Import Course Cartridge

What is a course cartridge?

Course Cartridges are pre-made materials produced by professional authors, editors, and publishers that can be downloaded and added to a Course.

To find a list of available Course Cartridges, visit the Blackboard Partnerships Page and select Course Cartridge from the first dropdown menu under Filter By.  Once downloaded, the Cartridge Content can be customized as needed to correlate with agendas and goals.

Course Cartridges require a download key to unlock the Content and add it to a Course. Download Keys are obtained from the publisher of the cartridge. Browse the Blackboard Partnerships Page for textbooks that include Course Cartridges. A Cartridge ID is not a Download Key, however the publisher may need this number to locate the cartridge.

Cartridges may be designated as Copy Protected or Open Access. Content in Copy Protected Cartridges is not included in a Course Copy or Export. Only one Copy Protected cartridge may exist in a Course. Multiple Open Access cartridges may be added to a Course, including a Course that already contains a Copy Protected cartridge.

Open Access cartridge content added to a Course may be included in Course Copy, Export and Import.

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How do I add a cartridge to my course?

Send the package to

blackboard@princeton.edu

, indicating which course you wish to import it into.

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User Manual  Select 9.1 SP10 and SP11 from the Table of Contents, then select your role (Instructor or Student)

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