Prepare Blackboard Site from Previous Blackboard Site

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Overview

Blackboard has some utilities to make importing and exporting of materials from an existing site into a new site fairly straightforward, thus saving the instructor hours of time if he/she had to create from scratch every time.

Exporting from the Original Blackboard Site

Import or Export Menu in Course
Import or Export Material in Course Site

Below, are the steps to export out of one Blackboard course and import into a new Blackboard course shell.

To access the Export/Archive Course page

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Packages and Utilities section and click Export/Archive Course.
  2. On the Export/Archive Course page, click Export Package on the action bar.
  3. On the Export Course page, include only the links to course files -OR- include the links and copies of the course files content.
  4. In the Select Course Materials section, select the check boxes for each course area and tool to export.
    • If you select Discussion Board, decide whether to include started posts for each thread in each forum (anonymously) or include only forums with no starter posts.
  5. Click Submit.

How to Download the Course Package

When you submit the Archive or Export Course page, the system begins to create the course package. When the package is complete, you will receive an email from the system. Then, you can download the course package. Please wait until you have received the email, as the file you download prematurely, may not contain all of the data you need in the new course. This is especially important for courses with a lot of data or have large files in it.

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Packages and Utilities section and click Export/Archive Course.
  2. Click the link for the package to download.
  3. Save the file to the appropriate location.

How to Import a Course Package

Once you have a destination course site (new course shell) where you wish to import material from a previous Blackboard site, you can do so by importing the file created in the steps above.

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Packages and Utilities section and click Import Package/View Logs.
  2. Click Import Package.
  3. Provide the path to the course package or click Browse to search for the package.
  4. Select the course materials to include.
  5. Click Submit to complete.

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