Copy Materials from Another D2L Course

You can copy materials from another D2L course into your current D2L course. To avoid technical errors, we recommend copying all materials from your prior course, and editing the result, rather than copying part of the course piece by piece, unless you are copying single items (instructions for each process are below).

Once you've copied course materials, be sure to check all course content and activity start and end dates, conditions, and hyperlinks to ensure that your students can access the materials. 

No student data (grades, assignments, etc) will transfer during the copy. 

NOTE: If you are copying course materials from a Sandbox shell, and you are having trouble searching for your Sandbox on step 5, contact the Faculty Support Desk for help. Sandboxes can be difficult to find in some cases.

Copy an Entire Course

  1. Enter the course you want to copy information to.
  2. Click Course Admin on the navigation bar.
  3. Click on Import / Export /Copy Components.
  4. Under Copy Components from Another Org Unit, click the Search for Offering button.
  5. In the pop up box, search for the course you want to copy information from. Select your course from the results, and select the button to the left of the entry. 
    • Be sure to search for the correct section number, term, and year.
    • Example search term: "UNST-421-004 Fall 2015".
  6. Click the Add Selected button.

  7. In your D2L settings window, the Course to Copy should now list the course you selected. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Copy All Components.
  8. The following screen should show a progress bar, and say Copy Completed with a green check mark when the copy is finished.
  9. Click View Content from the list to verify the copy results.

Copy Part of a Course

The following steps are best used for copying a discrete set of files or activity items from one course to another (say, specific files from the Content tool, or a quiz). If you use lots of links to direct students to files and activities, we strongly recommend copying the entire course, rather than part, as it is generally easier to remove content you don't need than to fix broken links.

Once you've copied course materials, be sure to check all course content and activity start and end dates, conditions, and hyperlinks to ensure that your students can access the materials. 

No student data (grades, assignment submissions, discussion posts, etc) will transfer during the copy. 

NOTE: If you are copying course materials from a Sandbox shell, and you are having trouble searching for your Sandbox on step 5, contact the Faculty Support Desk for help. Sandboxes can be difficult to find in some cases.

  1. Enter the course you want to copy information to.
  2. Click Course Admin on the navigation bar.
  3. Click on Import / Export /Copy Components.
  4. Under Copy Components from Another Org Unit, click the Search for Offering button.
  5. In the pop up box, search for the course you want to copy information from. Select your course from the results, and select the button to the left of the entry. 
    • Be sure to search for the correct section number, term, and year.
    • Example search term: "UNST-421-004 Fall 2015".
  6. Click the Add Selected button.

  7. In your D2L settings window, the Course to Copy should now list the course you selected. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Select Components button.
  8. In the Choose Components to Copy list, check boxes for item types you want to copy. You can choose to Copy all items or Select individual items to copy.
  9. Click Continue. If you have individual items to select, click the Expand All link to display times to select. Click Continue.
  10. Review your selected items, and click the Finish button. 
  11. The following screen should show a progress bar, and say Copy Completed with a green check mark when the copy is finished.
  12. Click View Content in the list to verify the copy results.
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