How to sync course content

Syncing shares content among different sections of the same course in the same term. (As distinguished from cloning, which lets you copy course content from one course to another.)

  1. Go to the Course > Settings view.
  2. Click Sync.
  3. Check to confirm.
  4. Click Save to finish.
  5. Repeat these steps for each course section you wish to sync.

Stuff worth remembering about syncing...

  • Any changes made to the content in one synced section affects all of the other synced sections!
  • Populi syncs all course content—files, supplies, reading list, assignments, lessons, and tests (there's no picking-and-choosing as with cloning).
  • Synced tests only sync the assignment and test name. You will need to import questions into the synced version of those tests.
  • Synced discussions only sync the discussion title and topic.
  • Syncing does not affect rosters, grades, attendance, faculty, or schedules.
  • It only works with sections of the same course (i.e. MATH101 won't sync with MATH102).
  • If one section of a course is cross-listed, it cannot be synced with the other sections.
  • If you sync courses after grades have been entered, you will lose those grades. If you're gonna sync courses, do so at the beginning of the term, and not the end!

How cloning works with synced courses

You can clone content into synced course sections; here's what you need to know:

  • Cloning overwrites content of the same kind—so if you clone assignments from another course into your course, those cloned assignments will replace any assignments already added to your course.
  • Therefore, cloning assignments into a synced course will overwrite the assignments in all of the synced sections. Think twice before doing this!
  • If you have synced course sections and wish to clone content into them, only clone different kinds of content. For example, if you've synced two sections and have only added assignments, you might only want to clone in (for example) lessons, links, and rubrics.
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