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D2L Course Management - Copy Course Content, Information and Resources ("Components") Between Courses

Learn how to copy the contents of a course into another course. This is commonly done when re-offering a course from semester to semester.


In D2L, a course website is created for most course sections every semester. Instructors are free to copy information between courses to revise the course and offer it to a new cohort of students without fear of unintentionally overwriting information or losing studet information.

This is done using the Import / Export / Copy Components tool.

Before you start

  • Consider not copying groups. Information from previous semesters can make working with the current semester more difficult and cumbersome.
  • These instructions are written to copy from one course at a time. However, technically, you can copy from multiple courses at the same time. This is not advised.

Copy a course to another course

  1. Login to D2L and click the name of the course you wish to copy to.
  2. Click the Edit Course link in your courses navbar.
  3. Click the Import / Export / Copy Components link. This is typically found under the Site Resources heading.
  4. Click "Copy Components from another Org Unit". 
  5. Click the "Include protected resources" checkbox.
  6. Click the "Search for offering" button. A new window will open.
  7. Click the search button (magnifying glass icon) to list all available courses to copy from. 
    • You can also enter search terms to narrow down the list of courses.
  8. Click the button to the left of the course you wish to copy from.
  9. Click the Add Selected button at the bottom of the window.
  10. Copy the entirety of the origin course by clicking Copy All Components.
    • Alternatively, click the Select Components button to choose parts of the origin course to copy forward.
      1. Click the checkbox next to the components of the origin course to choose individual parts to bring to the new course.
      2. Click "Select individual items to copy" to choose specific parts of a component to copy.
      3. Click the Continue button to choose items. 
      4. Click the Finish button to initiate the copy.
  11. A progress bar will be displayed. Once the work is complete, a green checkmark icon appears.

After the copy

  • Change dates, deadlines and visibility by using the Manage Dates tool.
    D2L Course Management - About the Manage Dates Tool
  • Adjust the Submission Views of Quizzes and Surveys.
  • Delete the "Overall Comments" for gradebook items.
  • Adjust the treating of ungraded items in the gradebook.
  • Review and delete unnecessary groups to reduce clutter. 

Keywords:d2l d2l@uwm learn@uw learnuw luw brightspace desire2learn reoffer course copy components content information resources from to semester replicate   Doc ID:71887
Owner:David D.Group:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Created:2017-03-20 15:14 CDTUpdated:2019-08-12 15:08 CDT
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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