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lukeh
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If I make a new blueprint course for my existing courses, what information will be overwritten?

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I have a blueprint course but it is full of pages that I no longer want. It seems the only way is to delete these one by one, but that would far too long. If I just make a new blueprint course and change the associations of my child courses, will it only replace the modules? Will this affect homepages, grades, anything else?

Thank you!

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Chris_Hofer
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Hello  @lukeh  Thank You for post your question.  I'm not completely sure of an answer for you, but I know there are some blog posts about Blueprint courses here in the Community that may be of help from  @kblack ‌ and  @lindalee :

Tips for Designing and Maintaining Blueprint Courses 

Lessons Learned about Blueprint Courses: Introduction 

Lessons Learned about Blueprint Courses: Getting Buy-In 

Lessons Learned about Blueprint: When Blueprint Wasn't the Solution 

Lessons Learned about Blueprint Courses: Replacing Course Copy Workflows 

Lessons Learned from a Year with Blueprint Courses 

 

I'm sure that Ken and/or Linda would be willing to chime in to provide you with some help for your question.

Also, I wanted to point you to another resource...a "Canvancement" (Canvas Enhancement) from  @James ‌ called Bulk Publish / Delete Pages.  This is not a part of the "core" Canvas product, but James has developed a method where you can use a Google Sheet to delete pages in your course faster than deleting them one-by-one.  You might want to check it out for yourself.

I hope this information will be of help to you, Luke.

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Chris_Hofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hello  @lukeh  Thank You for post your question.  I'm not completely sure of an answer for you, but I know there are some blog posts about Blueprint courses here in the Community that may be of help from  @kblack ‌ and  @lindalee :

Tips for Designing and Maintaining Blueprint Courses 

Lessons Learned about Blueprint Courses: Introduction 

Lessons Learned about Blueprint Courses: Getting Buy-In 

Lessons Learned about Blueprint: When Blueprint Wasn't the Solution 

Lessons Learned about Blueprint Courses: Replacing Course Copy Workflows 

Lessons Learned from a Year with Blueprint Courses 

 

I'm sure that Ken and/or Linda would be willing to chime in to provide you with some help for your question.

Also, I wanted to point you to another resource...a "Canvancement" (Canvas Enhancement) from  @James ‌ called Bulk Publish / Delete Pages.  This is not a part of the "core" Canvas product, but James has developed a method where you can use a Google Sheet to delete pages in your course faster than deleting them one-by-one.  You might want to check it out for yourself.

I hope this information will be of help to you, Luke.

kblack
Community Champion

Thanks for the shout-out  @Chris_Hofer ‌.  @lindalee ‌ certain has more day-to-day experience with maintaining multiple course sites, but nothing should get deleted from the previously-associated courses, though I would personally remove the associations first, anyway.  In fact, this is a requirement, because assuming the new associated courses are also the ones associated with the blueprint you want to stop maintaining, it's important to realize that there is only one blueprint a course can be associated with, to begin with, as pointed out here in How do I associate a course with a blueprint course as an admin? :

Once a course is associated with a blueprint course, it cannot be associated with any other blueprint course. 

To be absolutely, positively, 100% certain nothing gets overwritten, why not give this a trial run on your Beta or Test server first, just to be sure?   There are certain conditions that will trigger overwrites that I mentioned in Tips for Designing and Maintaining Blueprint Courses , depending on how much things were locked down in the original associated courses, but I admit that I never tested out what happens to an associated course if the blueprint changes altogether!  

Thank you for the reply. I will give these a read.

Thank you for all this helpful information! Greatly appreciated.