It is very easy to import materials, including course section descriptions, files, quizzes and assignments, from a previous course rather than reloading them. During this import, you do not have to include student submissions and grades, which would be the most commonly-used option.
First, go to the course site that you want to import materials to.
Access the course administration tools by clicking on the gear in the upper right, and then selecting “Import” from the menu, as shown in the figure on the right. This will then pull up a window listing your courses that are available for importing. You may need to use the search box to find the course you want to import from.
Once you have found the desired course, select it by clicking on the radio button at the left. Then click “Continue.” You will then have the option to deselect the materials that you do not want. If you want to copy over all materials, continue to click the “Jump to the final step” button. This will then copy all the selected materials into the current course. To make sure the course is available, check out this post.
[Note: If you receive a “500 – Internal server error” when copying a course with extensive content and materials, please contact your instructional technologist for assistance.]