After you copy a course from one semester to another you can change availability and due dates using the "Date Management" tool. This will enable you to either 1) list all dates and change them one at a time or 2) change all dates by a fixed amount. This applies to dates set using Blackboard's tools (availability and due dates). If you also include information about dates in the text of items or descriptions you will have to change those yourself.
Where to find the Date Management tool:
The Date Management Tool should be in the Control Panel > Course Tools > Date Management. If you don't see it listed there you may need to go to
Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability and look for Date Management then check the box next to it.
Dates are adjusted for folders (if availability dates are used), Tests, Assignments etc. (if availability or due dates are used), Announcement dates and so forth.
Using Date Management:
- Use Course Start Date: This lets you changed dates based on a course start date. For example if the previous semester started Aug 31 and a particular assignment was due 21 days later, then if you enter Jan 11 as a new start date the dates associated with that assignment will be set to 21 days after Jan 11.
- Adjust by Number of Days: Here you enter the number of days that you want dates to be adjusted by (positive for forward, negative for backward).
- List All Dates For Review: This option will list all the elements in your class that have dates associated with them. Next to each set of dates you'll find a pencil icon which will allow you to edit them. If you have a large number of dates it may take a while for this report to run - you'll get an email when its complete.
Holidays or days of the week will vary so if you use the automatic adjustments you'll probably still need to "List All Dates for Review" and tweak things but its a good way to get started.
See also Blackboard documentation