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Import, Copy and Export Courses/Course Items

Import, Copy and Export Courses/Course Items

To re-use course content from the previous year or semester it is possible to import, copy and/or export course materials.

Imported or copied quizzes are set to ‘Inactive’ by default. After importing or copying quizzes, instructors can change the state of each quiz from the Quizzes tool, if necessary. Intelligent Agents that are copied or imported from another course, will also be set to ‘Inactive’ per default.

Importing a Course or Course Items from an existing source.

There are two ways to import your course or content items:

  1. Import Components from external sources: this option is used for content items originated outside of Brightspace.
  2. Copy course material from existing courses in Brightspace: use this option to copy a course, or specific course items, from one course in Brighspace to another.

Select this option in order to import content from other, external sources. An import is done through *.ZIP files which can be created in the source application.

Files and standards supported:

  • Brightspace by D2L
  • Angel Learning 8
  • Blackboard Learn 9.1
  • Moodle 3.5 (.MBZ)
  • Sakai (Archive Format)
  • UCompass
  • IMS Content Packaging 1.2
  • IMS Common Cartridge 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
  • IMS Thin Common Cartridge 1.3
  • QTI 1.2, QTI 2.1 (Partial)

How to Import

  1. Create an export package (ZIP file or another archive format) from the source application.
  2. In the target Brightspace course, click on Course Admin
  3. Select Import/Export/Copy Components.
  4. Select Import Components
  5. Select Start
  6. Upload the course package file in ZIP or any other archive format (max 1 Gb).
  7. Select Import All Components or Advanced Options (to import selected parts) depending on the requirement.
  8. Click Continue and wait while it processes. It may take up some time depending on the size of the file.
  9. Finally, select Finish and view your course.
  1. Go to the destination course (where the copied items should be copied to) and select Course Admin in the navigation bar.
  2. Select Import/Export/Copy Components.
  3. Select Copy Components from another Org unit radio button.
  4. Click on Search for offering and  enter in the name of the source course
  5. Select the name of the course and click on Add Selected. In case the selected course has already been copied into this course, a dialogue box will appear asking you whether you want to proceed anyway.
  6. Select either Copy All components to copy an entire course or select Selected Components to copy or import specific course items
  7. If selected Selected Components:  In the menu ‘Choose Components to Copy’, please select the required components. For assistance, please see the list below with a decription of each component.
  8. When done selecting components, click on Continue.
  9. Select Finish to complete the import/copy process.
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Full courses or selected course items can be exported into a course package format, and uploaded to new or existing Brightspace courses. As the course package is in the archive format (ZIP), this functionality can also be used as a backup or for archiving purposes.

The option Review and Manage Dates is available after copying components from another course or by accessing Copy components History.

Click Review and Manage Dates in this menu to:

  • View, bulk edit, and bulk offset the date availability.
  • Set the calendar status of all content topics and modules, discussion topics and forums, assignment submissions folders, grades categories and items, announcement items, quizzes, checklists, and surveys in your course from one central location.

When filtering course objects, any bulk changes made, are applied to the filtered results only. This allows to update multiple availability dates based on specific criteria.

For more information about the Manage Dates tool, please view this page.

Full courses or selected course items can be exported into a course package format, and uploaded to  new or existing Brightspace courses. As the course package is in the archive format (ZIP), this functionality can also be used as a backup or archiving purposes.

  1. Go to Course Admin.
  2. Select Import/Export/Copy Components.
  3. Select Export as Brightspace Package.
  4. Select the items to be exported.
    To create a back-up of the course,  Select All Components
  5. Select Continue to confirm.
  6. Finally, click on Finish and a ZIP file will be ready for download.

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