Blackboard Tip: Use Course Copy to Selectively Move Content

Most of the time, we use Blackboard’s course copy feature to get all the “stuff” from one course over into a blank course. But you can also use it to selectively move some content types.

Blackboard isn’t very good at moving folders from one course to another, but it is good at moving just one type of thing — discussions, tests, announcements — very easily. In this example, I’ll show how to move calendar submissions. Once we get these manual-entry calendar dates over, the dates they appear on will be wrong for the new quarter, but you can use the calendar’s drag and drop functionality or the date management tool to fix that pretty easily.

First, go into the course with the settings you want to export, then go to Course Tools > Packages and Utilities > Course Copy.


Blackboard’s guides to this process mention the ability to create a new course in copying, but we have that turned off at MCC. So “Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course” is your only option. Next, you’ll click browse to find your destination course.

Find your destination course (there’s a search bar in the popup to help), click the checkbox next to it, then click Submit in the popup window.

Instead of clicking “select all” under the “select copy options,” you’ll click only the content type you want to move over — in this example, that’s the calendar.


Selection made, click submit at the top or bottom. (Defaults for files attachments are OK, but please don’t include enrollments.)

The course copy will take a few minutes to run and email you once it’s complete. I recommend not “touching” it while running; you can work on other stuff with Blackboard open in another tab.

Remember, course copy won’t replace existing content. So, if you accidentally move too much over, you’ll just add to the content in the destination course. But that’s why they made bulk delete.


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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