The Export option in Blackboard allows instructors to download and save their course content from Blackboard that can be used to populate future courses. After semester end, Blackboard courses are available for approximately 6-8 weeks.
Instructors please note: only the content is exported and not specific student assignment information, attempts or grades. The exported file is saved as a "zip file" and cannot be opened locally.
Before you start you export here are a few tips. Go through your announcements and delete any announcements you do not want included in the export.
Delete any course content that you do not want to use in future courses or re-arrange course material
To export a Blackboard course:
NOTE: If you have used this course for previous imports/exports prior to the latest upgrade of Blackboard, UNCHECK the following options:
Excluding these options may prevent export/import errors
More detailed steps and information regarding saving and reviewing the exported package view or print out the following PDF documentation:
To import the package into a new Blackboard course:
You will receive an email when the package is imported and available in Blackboard.
Blackboard recently changed the verbiage on course exports emails. Since the email is now handled differently than in the past, it can be a bit misleading when you first encounter it.
If your export email states that
"Export Failed: [COURSEID] could not be completed
The requested operation failed and could not be completed. Contact the System Administrator for more information"
This means there is some error within the export than needs to be reviewed. To review the error:
- Return to the export area of the course within Blackboard
- To the right of the export file, click the down chevron arrow and select "View Detailed Log"
This detailed log will display any warnings or errors that occurred within the course. If you have any questions or concerns about the errors/warning displayed, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will see your imported content in your current course. Please note: this process does not overwrite your current Blackboard course but rather adds the material you are importing into it. You may need to rearrange or remove some items after the import process has fully completed.
Blackboard 9.1 places imported course files (the zipped files that were exported from a previous course) in the Course Content area.