Another way to create a course in Studio is to re-run an existing course. When you re-run a course, most, but not all, of the original course content is duplicated to the new course. The original course is not changed in any way.
|Type of Content||Duplicated to New Course?|
|Course start date||No. Set to midnight on January 1, 2030 (UTC).|
|All other course dates||Yes. You must update all release dates and due dates.|
|Course structure (sections, subsections, units) and state (published, hidden)||Yes.|
|Individual problems and other components||Yes.|
|Files uploaded to the course, including videos and textbooks||Yes.|
|Pages added to the course||Yes, including all page content and the defined page order.|
|Prerequisite course subsection settings||No.|
|Student enrollment data||No.|
|Course team privileges, including admins, discussion moderators, beta testers||No. Only the user who created the new course has access to it.|
|Manually created cohorts||No.|
|Student answers, progress, and grading data||No.|
|Discussion posts, responses, comments, and other data||No.|
After you re-run a course, modifications to the original course and the re-run course are independent. Changes to either course have no effect on the other course. Therefore, you should ensure that the original course content is as complete as possible before you re-run the course.
After the end date for a course has passed, the course moves to the Archived Courses tab on the Studio dashboard. If the course that you want to re-run is not visible on the Courses tab, look for the course on the Archived Courses tab.
Only edX staff members have the permissions needed to re-run a course. To re-run a course that is hosted on the edx.org or edX Edge sites, contact your edX partner manager. After your partner manager creates the new course using the re-run feature, you can complete the steps to update the new course.
Before you re-run a course, make sure that its settings and content are complete. Additions and changes that you make to the original course after you create the new course have no effect on the new course.
When you create a course by re-running another course, you must carefully review the settings and content of the new course. To assure a quality experience for learners, be sure to test the course thoroughly before the course start date. See Testing Your Course Content and Beta Testing a Course.
At a minimum, you must make the following changes to prepare the new course for release.
The following additional changes can also improve the experience of learners who enroll in the new course run.
Review the files on the Files & Uploads page. To update a file that contains references to course-related dates, you must complete the following steps.
If you use the same file name when you upload a revised file, links to that file in course components and course handouts will continue to work correctly. If you rename a file and then upload it, you must also update all links to the original file name. See Add a Course Handout or Add a Link to a File.
Review the staff biographies and other information on the course About page and make needed updates. See Planning Course Information (edx.org and Edge Courses) and Planning Course Run Information (edx.org and Edge Courses).
Create initial posts for discussion topics and an “introduce yourself” post. See Creating Course Discussions.
Add initial wiki articles.
For a course that includes core problem types, including checkbox, text input, or math expression input problems, review the Markdown-style formatting or OLX markup of any problems created before September 2016. For more information about the updates that you can make to improve the accessibility of these problem types, see the Release Notes.
If your course uses prerequisite course subsections to hide course subsections until learners complete other, prerequisite subsections, configure the prerequisite course subsections. See Prerequisite Course Subsections.
If your course includes instructions for learners, verify that the instructions reflect the current user interface of the LMS.
For example, you could revise a description of the problem Check button, which was accurate before October 2016, to reflect its new label, Submit.
Another example of a user interface change is for courses on the edx.org website. A new Help option was added to the LMS in September 2016 to provide access to the EdX Learner’s Guide. When this option was added, the previous Help option was renamed Support.
For more information about tools and ideas that can help you prepare a course for launch, see Course Launching Activities.
Changes you make in the new course have no effect on the original course.