Copy Course Components

Instructors can use the Import/Export/Copy Components function in TCU Online to:

  • Copy content prepared or updated in a Master course into a live Semester course
  • Copy content from a previous Semester course into a new Semester course so it can be updated

Curious about what copies? Learn about Special Considerations when Copying Course Components.

Watch how to copy course components.

If you encounter any errors when copying, please contact D2L Support immediately.

To copy course components:

  1. Locate and select the course that you want to copy components into.
  2. On the course navbar, click Course Admin, then select Import/Export/Copy Components.
    Course Admin Import Export Copy Tool
  3. Select Copy Components from another Org Unit and click Search for offering.
    Copy Components Search for Offering button
  4. Type a keyword and click the spyglass icon to search, or click the spyglass icon to display all your courses.
  5. Locate and select the course offering containing the components you want to copy. Click Add Selected.
    Copy Component Search for course
  6. If you have previously copied elements from this course, TCU Online will ask to confirm your choice. This is to avoid duplication of content, gradebook items, and activities. If you wish to proceed, click Yes.
    Image of Pop-up message: The selected course, "Course Name," has already been copied into this course, are you sure you want to copy it again?
  7. Do one of the following:
    • Click Copy All Components to copy all course components. (Recommended) D2L recommends that you copy all components between courses to ensure you maintain all desired associations, and then delete any undesired material in the new course.
      • Old course dates will be copied over. You can quickly offset or adjust dates in the new course by using the Manage Dates tool.
    • Click Select Components to individually specify the components you want to copy. Select your components. To see details for course components, click the Show the current course components link, then click the View Detail icon beside a component to see existing items. For those course components that provide the option to include associated files, D2L recommends leaving the option turned on. Click Continue.
      • Prior to copying, you can select to Offset Dates of copied components relative to the new semester. You can enable the offset to occur to the items copied into the course by days or hours.
        Copy All Components
  8. Do one of the following:
    • Copy Another Package to copy another package.
    • Click View Content to see the results of your copy.
    • Click Review and Manage Dates to review and manage course dates, or view the information to learn more about the Manage Dates tool. Manage Dates tool.
      Copy Course Components History


  1. The Import/Export/Copy Components function will not overwrite existing course content.
  2. When you copy groups to courses, the group setup (grade item, assessment option, and so on) is also copied over.
  3. If you use Respondus Lockdown Browser, be sure to review the Reactivating Respondus Lockdown Browser after Copying Course Content guide prior to launching your course.

If you accidentally select and copy the wrong course, or if you wish to clear out a Master course or Sandbox, follow these steps to delete course components.