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Our system makes it incredibly easy to “clone” a course, bringing all documents, posts and pages created by the site administrator, and most settings to a new and uniquely named site and profile. You’ll find cloning is now integrated into the OpenLab’s course creation. You can view step-by-step instructions for how to clone a course in our help section.
Cloning a course is particularly useful for a few reasons:
- for setting up multiple sections of the same course in a new semester. You can create the framework of your course, then clone it, changing the name of the url to create a new section of the course.
- for creating a new course based on an old one. When your course is over, you can clone it, creating a new course that doesn’t contain any old student work. This both saves you time and leaves the old coursework accessible to the students who took the course. Keeping student work accessible on the OpenLab is very important: they may need to build on that work in later courses or show it to a potential employer, so please don’t delete it. (If it’s vital that your new students aren’t able to see the old students’ work, you can simply change the privacy settings on the old course to make it available to members only.) Find more on managing your courses here, or contact us if you have questions.
- for sharing a course framework between teaching partners, or even entire departments. Some departments have expressed a desire to coordinate all sections of a course across the department. That can also be done via course cloning: once the department has decided on a framework, it can be cloned for each new instructor, simply by changing the administrator of the course (you can find out more about there here).
If you want to copy only certain parts of a course site, however, or to copy material created by users other than yourself, you might want to use the import/export function on our sites. You can learn more about that here. Do note that the import/export function only copies course sites: if most of your course material is on your profile page, you probably are better off using the clone feature.
Remember, for any cloning situation, we’re likely to have solutions. We’d love to discuss options with you. Email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.