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In this course, Patrick Crispen teaches the ins and outs of Blackboard 9 so that educators and trainers can get up to speed in the system quickly—even if they've never used Blackboard before. The course explores customizing a course site, managing users, and adding and organizing content, including multimedia. It also shows how to perform student assessments in the Grade Center, as well as how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration.
To copy or move a file in Blackboard, locate that file within your course-- in this case, I am going into the Week 1 folder-- and then click the button with the two downward-facing chevrons to the right of the file, and choose either Copy or Move. So one of the better-kept secrets in Blackboard is that it's pretty easy for you to copy or move content from one place in your course to another, and you can even copy content between courses. Let's copy this JAWS citylights.mp3 from this Week 1 folder over to my Week 2 folder.
So I am going to click on the button with the two downward-facing chevrons, I am going to scroll down, and I am going to click on Copy. It's going to say, what is the course? I am not going to change the course. I am going to browse for the destination folder. In this case, I am going to copy it over to Week 2 and click on Submit. And you can't really tell much different here; however, let's get back to my Week 2 folder, and there is the file. It's already been copied. So it's now in two locations.
It's there in Week 1 and in Week 2. Let me try something a little different. I am going to go back to Course Documents. I am going to go back to Week 1, and instead of copy, let me show you how to move a file. So I am going to take the Question for the next week, I am going to move that. So instead of Copy, I choose Move. I am going to browse this over to my Week 2 folder and click on Submit, and it's now gone. It's no longer there in my Week 1 folder. Let me hop on over to Week 2, and it should be at the very bottom of the list, and there it is.
So remember, you can copy and you can move. The difference between copy and move: copy makes a duplicate, move deletes the item from its original location. By the way, you can also copy or move folders. So if I have this Week 2 folder, I can actually move the Week 2 folder to another location within my course. I can actually put it in a different content folder. Or, I can, if I want to, go and copy it to another course altogether. So let me do that.
I'm actually going to copy my Week 2 folder to my Instructional Design course. I have to choose a folder in which to put it in. That was a mistake. And that's actually a good mistake to make. It will tell you, if you are going to copy it, guess what, you need to have a destination. In this case, I am going to choose the Information folder and click on Submit. And now it's successfully moved those files. Now, a couple of things couldn't be copied. That's fine, but we'll see what those look like when we get over there. So I am actually going to get out of course, get over to the Instructional Design course, get into the Information, and there is my Week 2 folder and the Week 2 files, and it copied over perfectly.
So remember, you have the ability within your course to copy files or folders from one location to another within your course, or between courses. Now, there are some problems with this. First of all, this is great for one or two files, or maybe even one or two folders, but it really gets burdensome for more than that. Solution, use Course Copy, and we'll talk about that later. This also only works for things that you've uploaded. Once you start throwing in discussion board links, quizzes, Copy won't work the way you think it should.
And some campuses are running versions prior to Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 5, and they've had problems with the Copy tool. Some campuses have even temporarily disabled it. Look for an update from your Blackboard administrator or help desk on when they will be upgrading to a later version of Blackboard--the Copy tool should be restored then. So to copy or move a file, locate the file within your course, make sure that the Edit Mode is on, click the button with the two downward- facing chevrons to the right of the file, and then choose either Copy or Move.
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