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Export Courses

Exporting a course creates a ZIP file of the course content called a course package. You can import course packages back into Blackboard Learn to create a new course with the same content. Exporting a course includes only the course content. The export does not include any user interactions such as blog posts or grades.

Do not unzip or extract a course or archive package. Do not remove files from the package or try to import a file contained with the package. You can only import or restore the course if the package is intact. Editing the ZIP file and then importing or restoring the package results in unstable and unpredictable behavior in the course.


Export a course

The Blackboard Learn packaging format follows the IMS Content Packaging Specification, with extensions to support content types that are specific to Blackboard Learn.

  1. On the Administrator Panel in the Courses section, select Courses.
  2. Point to Backup Actions and select Export Course.
  3. In the Source Course ID box, type a valid course ID. If you do not know the exact course ID, select Browse to search for the course.
  4. Select Submit.
  5. On the Export Course page, choose whether to include only the links to course files or to include the links and copies of the course files content.

    If you select Copy links and include copies of the content, select Calculate Size to ensure that the package size does not exceed the displayed Allowed package size. To remove files and folders from the package, select Manage Package Contents.

  6. In the Select Course Materials section, select the check boxes for each course area and tool to export.
  7. Select Submit.

Import a course

  1. On the Administrator Panel in the Courses section, select Courses.
  2. Select Import Package.
  3. Provide the Destination Course ID. If this course ID already exists in the database, Blackboard Learn adds the material from the imported course to the existing course. If this course ID does not exist in the database, Blackboard Learn creates a new course with this ID.
  4. In the Select a Package section, select Browse to navigate to the course package and select Open.
  5. In Select Course Materials, select the check boxes for each course area and tool to include in the destination course. To learn more about course materials and what Blackboard Learn imports for each item, see how content is handled.
  6. Select Submit.

Export and archive logs

  1. On the Administrator Panel in the Courses section, select Courses.
  2. Search for a course.
  3. Open the course's menu and select Export/Archive. The Export/Archive Course 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.
  4. Open a ZIP file's menu.
  5. To view the package creation date and time and the status, select View Basic Log.
  6. To view the package creation date and time, status, and a list of course materials included in the package, select View Detailed Log.