Export/Archive Course Backups

As an instructor, it is possible to create zip file back-ups of courses. This is a good option for instructors who would like to preserve data for courses scheduled for deletion. Compressed files can later be imported back into Blackboard if content needs to be accessed.

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EXPORT - Use to preserve course materials that will be used again with a new group of students.

  • Creates a ZIP file course content that that can later be imported as a package into a new course. The export course feature does NOT include any users or user interactions with the course.
  • Packages can be imported into new course (Courage Management > Packages and Utilities > Import Package / View Logs) by instructor

ARCHIVE - Use to maintain record of a course AND user interactions. Not intended for teaching the course again.

  • Creates a frozen snapshot of a course. An archive includes all the content, course statistics, users, and course interactions, such as blog posts, discussions, attendance data, and grades.
  • Requires Blackboard administrator help to restore course.

Additional details about archiving and exporting available on the Blackboard Help Page

Steps to download Archive or Export .zip

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Do NOT unzip a course package once downloaded. Only zipped files can be imported.