When merging courses - what is the best way to keep SIS enrollment updates?
Should a Master course be created and then the two courses listed as the child course of this Master?
Should one course be parent and the other as the child?
Blackboard recommends creating a parent course and then merging the two courses in as children, and that has worked pretty well for us.
If you have one course as parent and one as a child, then if a student drops one and adds the other, things get messy when Blackboard tries to sync the enrollments...
Enrollments should be maintained in the child courses and they will propagate into the parent courses.
I have a note here to not enroll into the parent course. I have done that in some cases but it may cause some issues.
Dee, Do you have to create a new (master) course? We have been using a ICM developed merge tool but will move to Bb's built in merge tool next semester. Both give you the option to create a new course or merge into existing courses. We have always chosen to merge into existing courses, because we only want profs teaching from SIS created courses. We do not create courses where the SIS should be doing it. So, are there issues sometimes - yes, but not a big deal. If a student was enroled in the child course, drops that one, then enrols in the master course their status will be disabled in the master course. However, this is a rare case and we will use the Uof York tool to take care of the issue (enable and remove account from child course).
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