A Master Course is a template course created as a master copy for the purpose of copying content to the Blackboard course shell for an upcoming semester. The Master Course is created as a blank shell for the faculty member to build their materials, which takes the place of copying a Blackboard course from one semester to the next semester.
There are several issues that can occur in the process of copying a previous semester course from one semester to another. One main issue is filling the course files with multiple copies of previous course file imports/copies that can cause problems with the function of the current semester's course. Therefore, using a Master Course to create all materials, which is then copied to a current semester's Blackboard course, is a best practice. It allows for a clean copy every semester, rather than copy of a copy, of a copy, etc.
This is a list of recommended best practices for using Master Courses.
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Create all materials natively within the Master Course shell.
Create new items (e.g., syllabus, video lectures, etc.) directly within your new Master Course, and avoid copying content items from previous live courses. This ensures that all items in the Master Course are new items with no chance of future broken links.
Consider storing content items in Content Collection.
The Content Collection can help you set up content for sharing with peer instructors and linking across courses and semesters, and it can also be helpful if you regularly teach multiple sections of the same course. For more information on using Content Collection and Folder Organization see our related Experts Articles on those topics.
Course Copy or Export only from the Master Course.
Simply perform a course copy from your Master Course into your current semester's live production course. Keep in mind that you should never copy into the Master Course and never from a production course to another production course.
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