Blackboard Tip: Get Winter Courses Ready with Course Copy

Blackboard’s course copy process is pretty easy, as long as you remember that it works in the opposite way as ANGEL’s — you should “push out” content from the template course (either a “master” or your fall course) to the blank course rather than “pull in” from within the blank course.

You’ll need use course copy to get your winter courses ready to go. If you made a lot of changes to your course this fall, you may want to use your fall course as your new master course.

If that’s the case for you, here’s what I recommend you do:

  1. Save a backup of your template course on your local drive.
  2. Once you have a just-in-case copy saved, clear out the content in the template/master course with bulk delete.
  3. Copy your fall course into the now-blank master with course copy (remember to push out!).
  4. In the master, make any needed winter-quarter changes. You may want to use the date management tool to easily modify due dates.
  5. Copy the updated master into the winter “shells” (blank courses).


In case you missed it, here’s a more detailed article from this summer on how to copy one course’s content into another course with the course copy function.


Alex is online course support technician at IDS, working to support all online, hybrid and LMS-enhanced instructors and students in using Blackboard and several media servers. She's also the administrator for the MCC Blogs network. You can reach her at

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