Copying Courses in Blackboard Learn (How-to)

Before the start of the semester, you should get your Blackboard Learn course ready for students. Students begin looking for their course material on the first day of classes and can easily become frustrated if the course is not set up or is missing content. For more information, see Best Practices: Course Content.

NOTE: Copying a course in Blackboard Learn will only guarantee the copying of Blackboard Learn content. It may not copy any third-party connections via Blackboard Learn courses such as Panopto video access, or connections to textbook ancillaries, etc. 

NOTE: A change in approach for copying content

If you are used to using Blackboard Learn Original Course View copying techniques, Ultra Course View approaches copying in a different manner.

  • From an Original View Course to an Ultra View Course: Start in the Original course, Copy Course and push content to the destination Ultra View Course. Not all information will transfer seamlessly, so keep an eye on the content after it is copied to make edits and updates for the new functionality.
  • From an Ultra Course to another Ultra Course: Start in the Ultra Course receiving the content. Copy Content and pull information into that course from older or similar Ultra courses only. You cannot pull content from Original Courses into Ultra Courses. Refer to next section for details.
  • Reusing Questions in Ultra Courses Only: Ultra courses can reuse questions between courses without copying the whole course content. This is a new feature and only works between Ultra courses.

Course Copy Options 

For reusing existing course materials in Blackboard Learn you can copy your course content from one course to another. 

Simple Instructions from Original Courses to Ultra Courses

  1. In Blackboard Learn, go to the course containing the content you would like copied.
  2. In the left menu, go to the Control Panel > Packages and Utilities > Course Copy.
  3. Select the destination course by using the Browse button - this should be where you want the course content to be copied into. 
  4. Click the Select All button. (Adjusting any check boxes on this page without further information could cause issues in the course copy.)
  5. Submit.
  6. Check the destination course for a successful course copy.

Complex Options from Original Courses to Ultra Courses

For a Course Copy beyond the simple instructions above, it is suggested to review the detailed instructions provided by Blackboard Learn Help: Course Copy. Or reach out for additional assistance by scheduling a Blackboard Consultation or Training with your local Learning Management System Administrators.

Simple Instructions from Ultra Courses to Ultra Courses

From the current course shell, you can copy all the content from another course or select individual items from another course you teach.

  1. On the Course Content page, select the plus sign to access the Copy Content option. Or, next to Books and Tools under the More Options menu select Copy Content.
  2. All of your Ultra courses appear in the Your Courses list. If you teach many courses, use the search bar to find courses by name or course ID.
  3. Build your list of content to copy:
    1. Select a course's check box to copy all of its content into the current course.
    2. Select a course's name to explore its content and select the check boxes next to the folders and items you want to copy.
    3. Do both! You can copy all content from one course and a few items from another. Use the Copy Content option to copy content from more than one course at a time.
  4. To return to your course list and continue adding to the list, select the book icon next to the course title and select Your Courses.
  5. Select View All in the Selected Items section at the bottom of the panel to edit and view the content you've chosen. Review your selections and clear the check boxes next to any items you don't want to copy.

Check boxes appear differently when you select entire folders or items within folders. A check mark next to a folder indicates you've selected the entire folder for copy. A dash appears when you've selected some pieces of content in the folder.

ITS staff must have permission from the past instructor before copying their course content into another instructor's Blackboard Learn course. Please create a request to share a course. To expedite the request, please include proof of permission when requesting a course copy from another instructor's course offering. 

NOTE: Copying a course in Blackboard Learn will only guarantee the copying of Blackboard Learn content. It may not copy any third-party connections via Blackboard Learn courses such as Panopto video access, or connections to textbook ancillaries, etc. 

Courses are now restricted to no more than 5GB of storage space per course. Please do not upload videos directly to your Blackboard courses as this is likely to cause course storage overages. Please use our available video streaming services available. Learn more at Reducing Your Blackboard Course Storage (How-to).


If you have any further questions, please schedule a Blackboard Consultation or Training with your local Learning Management System Administrators.