Exporting and Archiving Blackboard Courses

Why should I Export or Archive my course?

  • Export and Archive files of your course will create a .zip file for you to save to your own computer, which will give you a hard copy of your course content. These files can be read by Blackboard, Canvas, or other learning management systems, should you ever need to transfer your course.

What’s the difference between Exporting and Archiving?

  • Exporting your course means that the basic shell of your course, including all of your material content, will be saved to a .zip file. This will not include any student information, interactions or grades when the .zip file is created. This option would be ideal when your course is going to be uploaded to an LMS for a new semester of students.
  • Archiving your course means that all of the data, including student interactions, grades and information, will be saved to a .zip file. This option would be ideal if you want to keep student information for your own records.

Am I able to both Export and Archive a course?

  • Yes, if you choose to both Export and Archive your course, the system will create a .zip file for each option.

Is there anything I should do to prepare before Exporting or Archiving?

  • For the Export or Archive to complete successfully, you should check all links in your content, to ensure that there are no broken links. You can do this very quickly by opening the Packages and Utilities submenu, and clicking the Check Collection Links option (see figure below).

                    

What are the steps to Export or Archive a course?

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