Packages and Utilities

Blackboard offers the Course Copy Tool to copy any or all of the content and settings from one course to another, as well as two ways to download the contents of a course for future use elsewhere—the Archive Tool and the Export Tool.

Copying One Blackboard Course to Another

Quick Start Instructions

To copy one Blackboard course to another:

  1. Click on Packages and Utilities in the Course Management menu.
  2. Click on Course Copy.
  3. In Option 1 Select Copy Type, select Copy Course into an Existing Course.
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  4. In Option 2 Select Copy Options:
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    1. Enter the Destination Course ID. (required) If you don't know the destination course ID, click the [Browse] button to search for your desired destination course.
    2. From the list of checkboxes, select the materials you want to copy to the destination course.
  5. In Option 3 Course Files, choose between the following two options:
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    1. Copy links to Course Files – If most of your content is static, such as PDF files for course readings, videos, and pictures, then links to the original should suffice. Select this option.
    2. Copy links and copies of the content (Include all Course Files) – If the content is changed or updated for each course where it is used, such as the syllabus, then copying the original is more appropriate. In this way, you can make changes to the new files that are specific to the new course. Select this option
  6. In Option 4 Enrollments, do NOT click Include Enrollments in the Copy for a regular course. If you are using the Course Copy tool for a workshop, organization, or non-standard course, then you may want to bring over the users from one course to another.
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  7. Click the [Submit] button. Assuming there are no initial problems, the "Success" banner should appear across the following page, indicating that the course copy request is being processed. You will receive an email when the process is complete.

Resources

    • Click here to access a PDF version of this quickstart guide.

 

Exporting a Blackboard Course

Quick Start Instructions

To export a Blackboard course

  1. Click on Packages and Utilities in the Course Management menu.
  2. Click on Export/Archive Course
  3. Click the [Export] button
  4. In Option 2 Course Files:
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    1. Select Copy links and copies of the content (include all Course Files).
      Note: Blackboard 9.1 allows you to reuse files from other courses without making a physical copy of the original, which helps reduce the amount of storage space needed within the Blackboard system. You can choose to Copy links to Course Files or Copy links and copies of the content. The former option will not duplicate the original, but will restore the links to the original files when you restore the files to Blackboard at a later date, assuming the originals have not been removed.
    2. (Optional) Click the [Calculate Size] button to show you how much material in in your course. If the package will be larger than you are expecting or if it is larger than the media that you will be using to move the package off of your computer, you can click the [Manage Package Contents] button to pare down the exported package.
  5. In Option 3 Select Course Materials:

    From the list of checkboxes, select the materials you want to include in your export.
  6. Click the [Submit] button. Assuming there are no initial problems, the "Success" banner should appear across the following page, indicating that the course export request is being processed. You will receive an email when the process is complete.
  7. Accessing and downloading the archive package
    1. After receiving the completion email, access your course and once again click on Package and Utilities>Export/Archive Course. You should now see the archive package file, with a rather long file name beginning with "ExportFile..."
    2. Right-click (or CTRL-Click) on the filename and download the file to your computer. Depending on your Internet browser software, the command will read either Download Linked File... or Save Link As... or Save Target As...

Resources

    • Click here to access a PDF version of this quickstart guide.

 

Archiving a Blackboard Course

Quick Start Instructions

To archive a Blackboard course

  1. Click on Packages and Utilities in the Course Management menu.
  2. Click on Export/Archive Course
  3. Click the [Archive] button
  4. In Option 1 Select Course Options:
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    Note: Regarding Grade Center History
    An archived course package will contain grade center data. However, as a course "snapshot" it will only include the final, most current Grade Center information. If you click to enable the check box next to Include Grade Center History the archive will include ALL Grade Center information related to changed grades and multiple submissions of assignments, tests and quizzes.
  5. In Option 2 Course Files:
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    1. Select Copy links and copies of the content (include all Course Files).
      Note: Blackboard 9.1 allows you to reuse files from other courses without making a physical copy of the original, which helps reduce the amount of storage space needed within the Blackboard system. You can choose to Copy links to Course Files or Copy links and copies of the content. The former option will not duplicate the original, but will restore the links to the original files when you restore the files to Blackboard at a later date, assuming the originals have not been removed.
    2. (Optional) Click the [Calculate Size] button to show you how much material in in your course. If the package will be larger than you are expecting or if it is larger than the media that you will be using to move the package off of your computer, you can click the [Manage Package Contents] button to pare down the exported package.
  6. Click the [Submit] button. Assuming there are no initial problems, the "Success" banner should appear across the following page, indicating that the course archive request is being processed. You will receive an email when the process is complete.
  7. Accessing and downloading the archive package
    1. After receiving the completion email, access your course and once again click on Package and Utilities>Export/Archive Course. You should now see the archive package file, with a rather long file name beginning with "ArchiveFile..."
    2. Right-click (or CTRL-Click) on the filename and download the file to your computer. Depending on your Internet browser software, the command will read either Download Linked File... or Save Link As... or Save Target As...

Resources

    • Click here to access a PDF version of this quickstart guide.