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Creating Common Cartridge Course Packages

Administrators and instructors who want to use the Common Cartridge import and export abilities should familiarize themselves with the supported content types and standards of Common Cartridge to understand how courses will be packaged.

Blackboard Learn supports Common Cartridge packages in Common Cartridge 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2 formats.

Common Cartridge standards are designed to enable flexibility and sharing. To enable reuse in a broad number of LMS, the package is limited to widely available features. For detailed information about Common Cartridge specifications, see Common Cartridge.

How to Export a Common Cartridge Course Package From the Administrator Panel

  1. On the Administrator Panel, in the Courses section, select Courses.
  2. Search for a course. To learn more, see Searching for Courses.
  3. Access the course's contextual menu.
  4. Select Export/Archive.
  5. Click Export Common Cartridge.
  6. Select the check box for the Common Cartridge version the destination system supports.
  7. Click Submit.

How to Export a Common Cartridge Course Package From a Course

  1. In the course's Control Panel, expand the Packages and Utilities section.
  2. Select Export/Archive Course.
  3. Click Export Common Cartridge.
  4. Select the check box for the Common Cartridge version the destination system supports.
  5. Click Submit.

How to Download the Course Package

  1. Go to your Blackboard Learn email account and verify that you have received the confirmation email for the course package. This email contains a link to the log file contents of the package and confirms that the archive package is ready.
  2. On the Administrator Panel, in the Courses section, click Courses.
  3. Search for the course you archived.
  4. Access the course's contextual menu.
  5. Select Export/Archive. The Export/Archive page lists all export or archive packages for this course that have not been deleted from Blackboard Learn, even if you have already downloaded the package. The file names include the date and time the package was created.
  6. Access a ZIP file's contextual menu.
  7. Select Open.
  8. In the Opening File dialog, select Save File and click OK to download the archive package to a local computer.
  9. Optionally, permanently delete the package from Blackboard Learn by accessing the ZIP file's contextual menu and selecting Delete.

How to Import Common Cartridge Packages

Administrators and instructors can import packages in Common Cartridge 1.0, 1,1, and 1.2 formats into courses in the same way as other course packages. For more information about the import process for administrators, see Creating Courses from Templates and Export Packages (Importing Courses).