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Courses - Importing an Existing Course Package (Instructor)

You want to copy an entire course into another course shell.


The preferred method is to export/import the course.

Instructors may use the Import Package page to upload course materials from another course. For example, as long as you have first exported a course, you may import the whole course package or selected parts of the course through Import Package.

Note: Never upload an Exported Course package that has been modified since it was created and downloaded. Opening the .ZIP file and changing any of the files in the Exported Course package will result in unstable and unpredictable behavior when the course is imported.

To Import An Existing Course Package

  1. Go to the Control Panel.
  2. Under Packages and Utilities, click Import Package/View Logs.
  3. Click Import Package.
  4. Click Browse to locate the packaged file on your computer. You are looking for a previously exported course package with a .ZIP extension.
  5. Select the check boxes for each course area and tool in the exported course that should be imported.
    The table below details what happens to some selectable options when the import is performed.
Course Materials Behavior When Exported
Content Area Exports course materials, including uploaded files. Learning Units, links, and Course cartridge content (including content that is copy protected). Choose to deselect Technical help to avoid creating a large file
Announcements All Announcements are exported. If Assessment links appear in Course areas, then this option must be selected, or the link to the Assessment will be broken.
Calendar All Calendar events are exported.
Contacts All Contacts, including Faculty Information is exported.
Discussion Board Discussion Board forums, including the initial posts in each forum, are exported.
Grade Center Columns and Settings Grade Center Columns and Settings, such as type, categories, and display options, are exported.
Settings Certain settings are exported. These include the following:
  • Course Name
  • Course Description
  • Course Entry Point
  • Course Design
  • Blackboard Tools
  • Building Block Tools
  • Content Tools
  • Course ID
  • Course Availability
  • Guest Access
  • Observer Access
  • Course Duration
  • Enrollment Options
Tests, Surveys, and Pools All Assessments and Surveys, including questions and options for deploying them are exported. All Pools are exported.
Group Settings Settings include the names of the Groups, the settings for tool availability, and the Discussion Board forum names.
  1. Click Submit.
  • Resolving Course Menu items: the Course Menu must resolve itself in the destination course. The table below describes how Course Menu items are resolved.
If... Then...
a Course area in the package 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 package and the Course area in the destination course have the same name and are of the same type (for example, External Links, Contacts, or content) the content from the package will be added, but will not replace, the content in the area within the destination course.
the Course area in the package and the Course area in the destination course have the same name but are of different types the Course area from the package 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 export package 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 Tests, Surveys and Pools are not exported, the link to the Test will break.



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