Copy assignments to other courses

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Instructors who teach multiple courses can now copy assignments to other courses. To copy assignments, the user must be enrolled in both the source and destination course with a role having the permission Assignments > Copy to Other Courses in order to copy from source to destination.

Note: The permission is turned Off for all roles by default.

Instructors can copy assignments in three ways:

  • Using the Assignments tool to select an existing assignment.

  • Using the New Content Experience (Lessons) tool.

Each of these methods enables instructors to copy the following assignment attributes to the new destination:

  • Assignment folder and its properties, including instructions, assignment category, and visibility.

  • Assignment properties including description and category

  • Attachments (direct file attachments, uploaded from Google Workspace or OneDrive, and audio and video files)

  • Grade item and grade category

  • Availability dates

  • Submission and completion information, including the Optional Grade item and the course scheme if used.

  • Rubric(s) associated with the assignment. When copying an assignment that uses a shared rubric, instead of linking a copied assignment to a shared rubric, the rubric is also copied. The copied assignment links to the copied rubric. If an assignment uses a rubric that is archived, the rubric is copied and retains its archived state in the destination course.

The following attributes are not copied:

  • Instruction Quicklinks and attachment resources created with the Attach link to existing activity action.

  • Instruction images added using Insert Image that were saved to course files.

  • Availability release conditions and special access settings.

  • Submission and completion information including group assignment designation.

  • Evaluation and Feedback information including Turnitin associations, competency, and outcome associations.

  • Content topic associations (for example, if the assignment is linked from content).

Note: In some cases, references to links and images that are not copied may result in broken links.

Copy an assignment to another course

The three methods of copying an assignment

  1. Do one of the following:

    • On the navbar of the course containing the assignment you want to copy, click Assignments. In the Assignment list, click the Context menu beside the Assignment title and click Copy to Other Courses.

      Note: The Assignments > Copy to Other Courses workflow includes optional destination placement and visibility options. This allows instructors to quickly copy assignments to specific locations within the destination course and control assignment visibility.

      The Copy to Other Courses appears on the context menu for the assignment

      Figure: The Copy to other Courses menu option opens the Copy Assignment dialog.

    • From the list of assignments in New Content Experience (Lessons), click to expand the More Actions drop-down menu. Then, click Copy to Another Course.

      On the Lessons list, Copy to Another Course appears as an option on the More Options menu.

      Figure: On the Lessons list, Copy to Another Course appears as an option on the More Options menu.

  2. Click to select the rubrics and/or grade items if you want those items copied with the assignment.

  3. In the Choose Destinations area, search by keyword or semester to find the destination courses for the assignment.

    Note: Only the course offerings for which a user has the Copy to Other Courses permission appear in the Choose Destinations list.

    The Copy Assignment dialog with course destinations

    Figure: The Copy Assignment dialog with course destinations.

  4. Click to select the destination courses for the assignment.
    Note: By default, the maximum number of courses you can select is 10.

  5. Expand the Destination course to set the assignment location and visibility.

    The Module and Placement drop down lists define the location of the assignment  in your destination course

    Figure: The Module and Placement drop-down lists define the location of the assignment in your destination course.

  6. Click Next.

The progress page indicates the status of each destination course and any issues. If you navigate away from the progress page, a minibar notification in Brightspace indicates when the assignment has been copied to all the destination courses. You can click the notification to open the progress page to review the status and logged issues.

The Copy feature is enabled based on the tool and method your institution is using:

Tool Default State
Assignments > Copy to Other Courses On
New Content Experience (Lessons) On