Manage multiple course offerings with a template

All courses offered in Brightspace Learning Environment must be associated with a course template. Course templates link a course offering to a department (or another parent org unit for organizations that don't use departments or include another org unit between departments and course templates).

The primary purpose of the template org unit is to act as a container that groups similar or related courses together: for example, all History 101 courses could be associated with one parent History 101 course. This is useful for enrollment, course creation, and administration of courses over time.

The course template could also act as a library for child org units. Template components and settings are not automatically inherited by child org units; however, they can be shared or copied over to course offerings. The connection between a template and a course offering also allows some tool items to be shared from a template to a course offering, such as: themes, navigation, links, link groups, competencies, rubrics, remote plugins, external learning tools (ELTs), and ePortfolio forms. However, tool items can only be managed from the template.

Important:�Although it is possible to use the template as a library for child org units, this often requires additional enrollment steps and administrative overhead, since course templates cannot be easily accessed from the course selector or My Courses widget. Therefore, setting up a "Master Course" course offering org unit is recommended for this purpose.

You can attach multiple course offerings to a template. All course offerings attached to a template belong to the same department, since it is the template, not the course offering that is associated with a department.

There are three different ways to create course offerings and templates:

  • You can manually create them through the D2L course creation interface.
  • You can use batch course creation to automatically create course offerings based on entries in a CSV file.
  • You can integrate with a learner information system (SIS/UIS).