Download Blackboard Gradebook and Course Archive

MiraCosta faculty and student access to Blackboard ends on June 30, 2018. For overall details and advice on the final transition to Canvas, please see Considerations in Leaving Blackboard and Moodle.

This page demonstrates how to download the Blackboard gradebook and an entire course in case they are needed after your access to Blackboard ends. You may also view similar directions for Moodle.

Download Blackboard Gradebook

It is advised that faculty export their course gradebooks on Blackboard so that they are  available to refer to if necessary for grade challenges. (See AP 4231 (Grade Changes) for details on circumstances you may want to consider.)

Here is a short tutorial on how to export your grades from Blackboard to an Excel spreadsheet.

To ensure student privacy, keep gradebook files in a secure location such as your H: (Home Drive). AIS can assist you with the location of the H: drive for secure, backed-up campus data storage.

Download Blackboard Course Archive

Faculty can download an entire course archive from Blackboard as a backup. This file can be provided to a MiraCosta Blackboard administrator to restore with student work if necessary (through June 30, 2019). MiraCosta AIS will also maintain course archives for Blackboard courses.

A faculty member can import the archive file to another Blackboard system (such as CourseSites) or Canvas; however, it will only contain course materials and content without student data. For more information on importing a Blackboard course to Canvas, please see the migration guide from Canvas. For written steps on downloading a Blackboard course archive, see Step A on Exporting/Importing Course Content within Blackboard.

If you are looking for courses from spring 2015 or earlier, please contact Karen Turpin at 760-795-6787 or for assistance.

Export/Import Course Content within Blackboard

This page details how to export course content from Summer 2015 or later Blackboard courses to an archive. Previously, archives were copied back into Blackboard in order to copy a course from one semester to another; now, the archive may be imported into Canvas, although this is an imperfect process! See Considerations in Leaving Blackboard and Moodle for more information and guidance on moving from Blackboard to Canvas.

If you are looking for courses from spring 2015 or earlier, please contact Karen Turpin at 760-795-6787 or .

To copy courses within the Blackboard system, follow the directions below. As a reminder, the Course Copy feature has been disabled and you need to use the Export and Import tools.

Export your previous course

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Step A: Export your Courseexport

  1. Enter your previous course at:
  2. Click Packages and Utilities in the Control Panel at left
  3. Click Export/Archive Course
  4. Click Export Package on the Action Bar
  5. Under the File Attachments area leave the defaults as is:File Attachments
  6. Click the Select All button
  7. Click Submit

After you click submit, the system begins to create the course package. When the package is complete, you will receive an email from the system.

Step B: Download the Course Package

After you complete Step A and receive the confirmation email, you can download the course package.

  1. Click Packages and Utilities in the Control Panel at left
  2. Click Export/Archive Course
  3. Click the link for the package that you want to download.
  4. Save the file to the appropriate location on your computer.

Note: Do not unzip an export package or delete files from the package, otherwise the package will not be imported correctly.

Repeat Step A and Step B for all courses you would like to export from Blackboard.

Mac Users

If your ZIP file is opening in Safari on the Mac, review these directions to resolve this issue.

PC Users

If your ZIP file is opening in Firefox on the PC, review these directions to resolve this issue.

Import your Export File to your new Blackboard Course Shell.

Courses are available at: 



Step C:  Import Your Course Package

  1. Enter your new course at
  2. Click Packages and Utilities in the Control Panel at left
  3. Click Import Package / View Logs
  4. Click Import Package.
  5. Provide the path to the course package .zip file that you created in Steps A and B, or click Browse to search for the package file.
  6. Click the Select All button for the course materials to include.
  7. Click Submit.

When the import is complete, you will receive an email from the system. After you receive the email you may return to and your content will be available in the course.

Repeat Step C for all courses you would like to import. Be careful to select the correct import file package you created in Steps A and B.

Technical Support

If you need assistance contact Karen Turpin at 760-795-6787 or .

Add a TA or other MCC Employee to Blackboard

As an instructor you can add a TA or other MiraCosta College Employee to your Blackboard course.

DO NOT add students that will be enrolled in your course on SURF.  Students are automatically enrolled within your Blackboard course several times a day.

 Add a TA or other MCC Employee to Blackboard

  1. Enter your Blackboard course
  2. Under Control Panel select Course Tools
  3. Select Manage Users
  4. Select Add Users by Role
  5. In the Username box enter the SURF ID of the user.
  6. For Course Role select the appropriate Course Role for the User.
  7. Click the Submit button.

Course Roles Explained

Teaching Assistant

The teaching assistant (or TA) role is that of a co-teacher. Teaching assistants are able to administer all areas of a course. Teaching assistants have access to most all tools and features in the Control Panel. Even if the course is unavailable to students, teaching assistants still have access to the course.


Student is the default course role. Students have no access to the Control Panel. If the course is set to unavailable, they will not be able to see the course.  This role is appropriate for tutors that you add to your course that will be assisting students or course evaluators that you would not like to have access to the Control Panel.

Course Builder

The course builder role has access to most areas of the Control Panel to build course content. This role is appropriate for a user to manage the course without having access to student grades. A course builder can still access the course if the course is unavailable to students.


A grader assists the instructor in the creation, management, delivery, and grading of items, such as tests and discussion board posts. A grader also assists the instructor with managing the Grade Center. A grader cannot access a course if it is unavailable to students. Graders can also not make changes to course content.


How to Restrict Student to Student Email within Blackboard

By default, all options within the Send Email tool are open to faculty and students enrolled in a Blackboard course.

To restrict student to student emailing through Blackboard:

  1. Click on Control Panel
  2. Select Customization
  3. Select Tool Availability
  4. Scroll down to Email. Click the down-pointing arrow button and select Email Settings.
  5. Uncheck the boxes for the options that you don’t want students to have access to.
    Example: If you only want students to e-mail instructors and TAs, uncheck all boxes except:
    – All Teaching Assistant Users
    – All Instructor Users
  6. Click Submit.

Instructors and TAs can still send e-mail to anyone in the class, even if the steps above were completed, by going to:

  1. Control Panel
  2. Course Tools
  3. Send Email

Blackboard Quiz/Test Issue

As midterms get started we’ve just discovered a new bug in Blackboard. When students are taking a quiz/test based in Blackboard:

  1. which includes at least one open-ended response, and
  2. which presents questions all at once (rather than one at a time), and
  3. the student is using Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 or Windows 10,

the student will experience a very frustrating behavior where the test will skip the student down to the last question on the test each time Blackboard auto-saves the student’s answers.

This should not occur in a Blackboard test if any of the three conditions above aren’t true. If you are giving students a Blackboard-based test or quiz and the first two conditions are true, then it’s extremely important that you tell students to NOT use Internet Explorer as their browser when accessing Blackboard and taking the test.

If you prefer to address the problem on your end, the most effective workaround is to change the second condition by setting up the test using the question presentation option “One at a Time” rather than “All at Once”.

We are working with AIS and Blackboard to get this bug patched, and will update you if there is any change.

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