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IMPORTANT: Neither exporting nor archiving have an affect on your current course. These tools create copies of your course, but the course itself remains intact.

Course sites are maintained on Blackboard for two years. After two years, they are archived and deleted from the server. If an instructor expects to need or use content from courses that will be more than two years old please save either an Export or an Archive of the course.

The Export Package utility allows an instructor to copy a course without saving the class roster or student work. Use this utility to save a course for reuse in the future.
The Archive Course utility allows an instructor to copy a course while retaining the class roster and all of the student's work/grades.

Opening the Export/Archive Course Copy Tools

  1. Enter Blackboard and open the course you wish to export/archive.

  2. If the Control Panel for your course isn't already expanded (it is by default), click Control Panel on the left-hand navigation bar.

  3. Click Course Copy Tools.
    Course Copy Menu option

  4. Click Export/Archive Course.
    Export Archive course option

Creating an Export Package

  1. In the Export/Archive Course window, click Export Package.
    Export archive course buttons

  2. Under Select Course Materials, select the areas you wish to import to the next course. 
    Select Course Materials window

  3. After making your selections, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Submit.
    Submit selections button

Archive a Course

  1. In the Export/Archive Course window, click Archive Course
    Import archive buttons

  2. Select the options you want for your archive and click Submit.
    Archive course window

Downloading your Export/Archive File

Exporting/Archiving your course can take 10-15 minutes to complete after starting the process. After that time, you can go back to the Export/Archive course section of Blackboard to download your file.

  1. Go back to the Export/Archive Course section of the course you created the file for.

  2. You should see .zip file appear for you to download.  If it does not appear, click on Refresh a few times. Remember, it can take 10-15 minutes for yoru file to be available for download.

  3. In most browsers, clicking the link for your file will download your file to your computer's Downloads folder. You can also Right-click (Control Click on a Mac) the link and choose Save file as or Save link as. Doing the latter will usually allow you to specify where the file gets downloaded.
    Picture of exported course download link

Import an Exported/Archived Course File to Blackboard

The file you have saved can be uploaded now or at a later time to a Blackboard course using the Import Package utility on the Control Panel of the course to which you want to add the content.

  1. Open Blackboard and go into the course to which you wish to add the Archived or Exported content.

  2. If the Control Panel for your course isn't already expanded (it is by default), click Control Panel on the left-hand navigation bar.

  3. Click Course Copy Tools.
    Course copy tools menu option

  4. Click Import Package/View Logs.
    Import Package view logs menu option

  5. Click Import Package.
    Import package button

  6. Click Browse My Computer and select the package you wish to import.
    Browse my computer button

  7. Check off the pieces of the old course that you wish to import.
    Select course materials page

  8. After making your selections, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Submit.
    Submit button

Your course will populate with your course materials from the file you imported. Depending on how many files your course contains, this process may take up to 30 minutes to complete.