D2L - End of Semester Practices and Tips (UW-Madison)
Some end-of-semester "good housekeeping" practices for your D2L course sites regarding copying components, course site availability, and backups.
Copying components to a new courseIf you plan on repeating a course or otherwise want to copy components from an existing course into a new one:
D2L - Copying Components from One Course to Another
D2L - Applying Copied Components to a New Course
Course site end dateBy default, all course sites close soon after the end of the semester (date chosen by registrar).
As an instructor, you have access to change that end date and keep the course active longer than the default time:
D2L - Limiting or Extending Course Access
This process is often helpful when there are students that need course access in order to finish an incomplete.
Backups and archivesMaking backup copies is always a good idea. Within D2L there are a number of ways to make offline copies of your course materials.
Gradebook -- D2L - Exporting Gradebook Data to an Excel .CSV File
Dropbox - D2L - Downloading Student Dropbox Submissions
Content - D2L - Options for Downloading Content from a Course
You can also archive your course structure (or selected components of your course setup) to a zipped file.
D2L - Archive an Entire Course or Components
D2L - Restoring an Archived Course
NOTE: Archiving components in this manner only copies the structure of your gradebook, dropbox, discussion board, etc. for future use. The actual grades, dopbox files, discussion messages, etc. are not copied. To copy that data, please use the methods above.
D2L - eGrade Submission