Have you created a really awesome Blackboard course that you would like to save for future use elsewhere? Need to make backups for your faculty portfolio? You can create a ZIP backup of your course to save. Use the instructions below to create this export backup file.
Though this is a quick process, it is broken into two sections.
Create your course export ZIP file in Blackboard
Before we get started, note that files within Course Files (Content Collection) that are not used in the course or not linked in the course are not included when exporting.
Make sure you have all the files you need in your export, or download those individually from the Content Collection.
- On the Home Page of your course, ensure that Edit Mode is set to On.
- On the left course sidebar menu, expand the Packages and Utilities menu.
- Under Packages and Utilities, click Export/Archive Course.
- On the Export/Archive Course page, click the Export Package button.
- Under Select Course Materials, select all boxes except Adaptive Release.
- Do not change the other settings in the sections on this page.
- This will ensure all links and files are included and that an old course's enrollments are not accidentally included in your export, which could violate FERPA regulations.
- Click the Submit button at the bottom of the page to initiate the export process.
- Blackboard will send you an email message to your email address in your user account when the course export is ready to be downloaded in this same area of your course. (This only takes a few minutes, in most cases.)
Export packages are downloaded as compressed ZIP files and are imported in the same format. Don't delete files from the package, as then the package contents won't import correctly.
Save your course export ZIP file
- After you have received the confirmation email, go to the Control Panel and click the Export/Archive Course link again.
- Check your Junk Mail and Spam folders in your email, if you are missing the confirmation email.
- You may also continue to click the Refresh button until the download link appears in this screen.
- On the Export/Archive Course screen, you will see the link to download the export file.
- The download link will begin with the words ExportFile_20XXX.
- When the popup box appears, click the Save button to proceed.
- Save the ZIP folder to your desired location.
- We strongly recommend cloud storage, such as Google Drive, OneDrive (personal), or Dropbox, etc.
Export errors or issues
Please note that your export file size must be below the specified threshold for successful export.
Additionally, some technologies used at CUP previously have now expired, and these integrations will result in warnings and errors. This won't affect the functionality of the course export once imported.
If you are having issues exporting the entire course, remember that you can navigate to the Content Collection and save individual content to your computer by clicking the files in the window and following any on-screen download instructions/prompts.