The copy components utility lets you copy quizzes, content, grade items, discussion forums, dropbox folders, and nearly every other type of component from another course offering or a course offering’s parent template. Copying components saves you from having to recreate your course’s resources from scratch and can significantly reduce the amount of work required to create or re-offer a course.
You can use the copy components feature to:
To copy components between course offerings, you must be enrolled in both offerings. (If you want to copy components from a peer’s course offering, ask that user to enroll you). Enrollment and access to the parent template is required for users to copy components into a course offering from it.
You can also copy components into a course template, and you can create standard components within a template and then copy them into the template’s associated course offerings.
The only component that might be overwritten is Course Files. A course file is overwritten if one of the files being copied has the same name as an existing file. No other components are overwritten.
Let’s say you have three checklists in your current course offering, and copy two checklists from another offering. You will now have a total of five checklists in the current offering. This is true even if the components are identical. If you are copying components from the same source multiple times, be careful not to copy the same items more than once or you will create duplicates.
User data is not copied. For example, if you copy the discussions component, only the forums and topics are copied, not the posts inside the topics. Similarly, if you copy dropbox folders, user submissions are not be copied; if you copy quizzes, user attempts are not be copied, etc. User submissions remain in the original course.
If you are copying linked or associated components, you must copy all of the related components at the same time. For example, if a discussion topic has release conditions based on the results of a quiz, you must copy all three components—discussions, quizzes, and release conditions—at the same time. Similarly, if you have a quiz that is associated with a grade item, be sure to copy both the quiz and the grade item at the same time. As long as the associated components are copied together, links between them are retained.
Note: To copy release conditions, you must select the Release Conditions component.
|Competencies||Competencies, learning objectives, and associated activities are copied.|
|Content||Does not automatically include Files or Content Display Settings. Be sure to select associated files used by the content topic or the topic will not display properly.|
|Checklists||Due dates for checklist items are not changed when you copy them.|
|Groups and Sections||Auto-enrollments are not run in the new course. You must enroll users yourself or set up auto-enrollment again.|
|Navigation Bars||Tool Display Names must also be copied if you have modified the names of tools.|
|Release Conditions||The only release conditions that are copied are ones that are attached to and reference other components that are copied at the same time. For instance, if a quiz has a release condition attached that refers to a content topic, it is only copied if both the quiz and the content topic are copied at the same time. Choosing Release Conditions without selecting any other component does nothing.|
Note Not all components have sub-items.
Note: this option is only available on select components and not on Copy All Components.
Note: if you copy a course more than once and have duplicate items, you must delete the excess items manually. There is no undo option or bulk delete of duplicated items.
Import, export, or copy course components from Desire2Learn: Advanced Techniques by Alan Ackmann