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Blackboard Learn: Transferring Blackboard Courses

Developing courses in Blackboard takes a long time.  Therefore, it makes more sense to spend your time updating course content and material rather than recreating classes from scratch.  In order to do this, you'll need to transfer in a course from a previous semester (or from another instructor) to give you a good base to start from.

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To transfer a Blackboard course into a new Blackboard Course Shell, complete the following steps:

  1. Transfer your course material from one Blackboard Course to a new, empty course shell.

    • If You Are CURRENTLY Enrolled in BOTH the Old Course and New Course:
      If you currently have access to both courses (the old course with the content in it and the new course with the blank shell both appear in your Blackboard Course List at the same time), then you will use the COURSE COPY process to transfer your material.

      Helpdesk Article: Transferring Blackboard Courses: Using Course Copy

    • If You Are CURRENTLY NOT Enrolled in BOTH the Old Course and New Course:
      If you currently have access to ONLY the new blank course shell in your Blackboard Course List, then you will use the IMPORT ARCHIVE / EXPORT process to transfer your material.

      Helpdesk Article: Transferring Blackboard Courses: Importing an Archive


  2. Update your course menu in the new course.

    Helpdesk Article: Transferring Blackboard Courses: Updating Course Menu

  3. Sync all third party systems that were used in the previous course and that will be used in the new course. (the list below contains links that will take you to help files to syncronize each system. You only need to synchronize the systems you use in your courses.)
  4. Manually update announcements, discussion boards, and course dates throughout the course.

At this point, your new course should be good to go.  Upon completing these steps, you should be able to begin editing the content in your new course if you so desire.

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