Blackboard - Exporting/Archiving Your Course

Export: This creates a backup of your course including the content that can later be imported into another course. If your goal is to import this into another course, then use Export.

Archive: This creates a permanent record of the course, including all content and user interactions up until the point that you create an Archive. If your goal is to create a permanent record of all student interactions, then use Archive.

 

IMPORTANT: BACKUPS AND ARCHIVES MUST BE DOWNLOADED TO YOUR COMPUTER! Please read the directions at the end of this document thoroughly.

Exporting your course

  1. Scroll down to the Course Management section on the course menu
  2. Choose Packages and Utilities to expand it Packages and Utilities section of Course Menu.
  3. Choose Export/Archive Course, this will open a new window
  4. Choose Export Package Screen shot of Export/Archive Course section of page. Export Package circled in red.
  5. Under File Attachments, it is important to make sure that you INCLUDE copies of the files outside of the course default directory. If this is not selected, the students enrolled in the course you’re importing into will not have access to the files. File attachements screen grab.
  6. Click each box to choose all course materials you want to export. You may click on Select All to choose all elements within your course
    NOTE: You may also select individual items to copy into another course
    NOTE: If you want to export Assignments, you MUST export Grade Center Columns and Settings with it Course materials selection screens
  7. Click Submit. You will receive and email once the process is complete, after which you must return to the page to download the file

Upon receiving the email, navigate back to the Export/Archive Course page and you will see a link named ExportFile_CourseID.zip. Click the link and download the zip file to a location of your choice. Your course has NOT been exported until you save the zip file.  Please do not unpack the .zip file; it must remain intact so it can be uploaded back to Blackboard if needed.

Be mindful of where you save the file, because once the course is deleted from the server, the linked backup zip file is gone as well.

Archiving your course

  1. Scroll down to the Course Management section on the course menu
  2. Choose Packages and Utilities to expand it
  3. Choose Export/Archive Course, this will open a new window Screen shot of Export/Archive Course section of page. Archive Course circled in red.
  4. Choose Archive Course
  5. Under Copy Options, choose whether or not to include the grade center history. Under File Attachments, it is important to make sure that you include copies of the files outside of the course default directory. Select Copy Options and File Attachments section of the Archive page.
  6. Click Submit. You will be notified via email when the export is completed and your file is ready to be downloaded

Upon receiving the email, navigate back to the Export/Archive Course page and you will see a link named ArchiveFile_CourseID.zip. Click the link and download the zip file to a location of your choice. Your course has NOT been archived until you save the zip file.  Please do not unpack the .zip file; it must remain intact so it can be uploaded back to Blackboard if needed.

 

Be mindful of where you save the file, because once the course is deleted from the server, the linked backup zip file is gone as well.

 

Details

Article ID: 126501
Created
Tue 1/26/21 12:17 PM
Modified
Wed 3/3/21 10:00 AM