East Carolina University

Scenarios for Course Copies and Course Collapses


Why is it recommended that I do my own course copy?

Answer: You are in control. You have options and selections for what content to copy. The time frame is also shorter; the copy is done immediately, rather than being on the course copy waiting list for Blackboard Support.


Does it take long to do my own course copy?

Answer: No, it takes less than 1-2 minutes to choose the courses, and choose the content to copy.


How long before I see the content in my new course?

Answer: Approximately 15 minutes, depending on the volume of content in the past course.


What if I want to start over because I copied from the wrong course or I don’t like what I see?

Answer: Simply delete all of the content from your new course and repeat the course copy process.  In your new course go to Control Panel > Packages and Utilities > Bulk Delete.  This will give you a clean, new shell.


Should I repeat the copy process if I do not see my content after 15 minutes?

Answer: No, give it more time. If multiple users are doing course copies (e.g., the beginning of the semester), the copy process might take longer. You will have double the content if you repeat the process.


Scenario 1: Content copy – Copy course content from a past course into a present course.

Copy Course Content Video


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Copy Course Content PDF

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Because of the ease and speed of doing your own course copies and section merges, we encourage you to do your own copies and merges. However, if you are uncomfortable doing so, please send an email to ecublackboard@ecu.edu with your request. Expect a confirmation reply from us within 24-48 hours. Please include the following in your email:

Course Copy: Include the full course ID for both source AND destination courses. For example, a full course ID looks like this: ITEC4444001201530.

Section Merge: Include the full course ID with both or all section numbers to be included in the merge, specifying which course is the “parent” course. Thank you.

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