East Carolina University

Scenarios for Course Copies and Course Collapses


Why is it recommended that I do my own course section merge/collapse?

Answer: You are in control. The time frame is also shorter; the merge is done immediately, rather than being on the section merge waiting list for Blackboard Support.


What do I do first? The merge or the copy?

Answer: Do the section merge process first, followed by the copy process. Reminder, go into a past course and copy content into the current, or new section – the merged (parent) section.


How long before I see the merged sections and the student enrollments?

Answer: Immediately.


What if I decide I want to un-merge my course sections and move content into my other sections that are no longer merged?

Answer: It is easy to disassociate your sections. Watch the video or look at the PDF for instructions. You will then do a course copy for each section that needs content.


Does the content disappear from a merged (parent) course if I disassociate a merged course?

Answer: No. The content stays in the merged (parent) course. (A course copy will need to be done to get content back in the previously merged sections.)


Scenario 3: Collapse course sections & copy course content. 

Collapse Course Sections and Copy Course Content Video

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Collapse Course Sections and Copy Course Content PDF

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Merge – Often referred to as "collapse"
Merged Course – Or the "Parent" Course, the Blackboard course you are collapsing into.
Source Course – The section(s) that you are collapsing into the parent site, also known as the "child."
Example – You want to merge/collapse sections HLTH 002/003 into section 001 for Fall 2012:

001 – Merged (or parent) course section
002/003 – Source (or child) courses
The result: HLTH1000001/002/003201280

Disassociate – "un-merge"

Because of the ease and speed of doing your own copy and collapse, we encourage you to initiate your own course copy and collapse processes.  However, if you do not feel comfortable with the overall process, please click HERE to access the past course content copy and collapse request website.  Please allow 36-48 hours for those requests to be processed.

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