Export/Import Course Content within Blackboard

This page details how to copy course content from Summer 2015 or later Blackboard courses to a new course on Blackboard.

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. If you would like to copy a course from the “old Blackboard” (spring 2015 and earlier), please see here.


Export your previous course

Start on https://blackboard.miracosta.edu

 

 

Step A: Export your Courseexport

  1. Enter your previous course at: https://blackboard.miracosta.edu
  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. https://tic.miracosta.edu/safari-export-unzips-resolve/

PC Users

If your ZIP file is opening in Firefox on the PC, review these directions to resolve this issue. https://tic.miracosta.edu/firefox-pc-export-unzips-resolve/


Import your Export File to your new Blackboard Course Shell.

Courses are available at: https://blackboard.miracosta.edu 

 

 

Step C:  Import Your Course Package

  1. Enter your new course at https://blackboard.miracosta.edu
  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 https://blackboard.miracosta.edu 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 Korstad at 760-795-6787 at kkorstad@miracosta.edu

Oct 2016 Update: Export / Import for Blackboard Courses from Spring 2015 and earlier

As of October 31, 2016, the Bb Archive server is no longer accessible to faculty. If you are looking for a Blackboard course from Spring 2015 or earlier contact the Employee Helpdesk at (760) 795-6850 or helpdesk@miracosta.edu

Provide the following information:

  1. Your name and contact information
  2. Semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer)
  3. Year
  4. Four (4) digit class number
    1.  To obtain the 4 digit class number: Log on to SURF and review your my schedule area. You can change the term to review previous semester classes and obtain the 4 digit class number of the course.

Helpdesk will retrieve the course for you (if available) and provide you the export file. You can import that export file with the directions below under the heading ‘Import your Course to the Production Blackboard system’


MiraCosta’s Blackboard system was updated in summer 2015. You can learn more about the update here; this page details how to obtain and copy your courses for reuse from the old (pre-summer 2015) Blackboard system. As a reminder, the Course Copy feature has been disabled and you need to use the Export and Import tools. If you are looking to copy a course from Summer 2015 or later, please see here.

Import your Course to the Production Blackboard system

https://blackboard.miracosta.edu 

 

 

 Import Your Course Package

  1. Enter the course you want to import the course into at https://blackboard.miracosta.edu
  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 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 https://blackboard.miracosta.edu and your content will be available in the course.

Repeat for all courses you would like to import. Be careful to select the correct import file package you received from the helpdesk.

Technical Support

If you need assistance contact Karen Korstad at 760-795-6787 at kkorstad@miracosta.edu

How to set Firefox on a PC to not open a zip file after downloading

On a Windows PC complete the following tasks within the Firefox web browser

  1. Click Open Menu button Open Menu button on Firefox
    This button is located in the top right hand corner of the Firefox window.
  2. Click Options
  3. Click Applications
  4. Scroll down to Compressed (zipped) folder content type and click the down arrow to select the corresponding action.
  5. Choose Save File as the default file behavior
  6. Return to Blackboard and download the .zip file

Firefox will now download the file as a .zip file to your computer without opening it.

 

Archive your Course

The Archive Course feature allows you to archive (save a backup) of your courses that includes student records  in .zip format.  The archive course zip file is intended for backup purposes only.   You will be able to import an archive file in to any Blackboard system, however if you need the archive restored with student records, contact  Karen Korstad.

  • If you wish to save a copy of a course’s Grade Center for easier access than a course archive, see here
  • If you wish to copy a course from one semester to another, use the export/import functions, not this archive procedure.

Course Archive Directions

  1. Enter your Blackboard course
  2. Scroll down to the Control Panel area on the left
  3. Click Packages and Utilities
  4. Click Export / Archive Course
  5. Click the Archive button.
  6. On the next page, select the check box if you want the Grade Center history to be included in the archive.
  7. Click the Submit button.
  8. Blackboard will generate a message “This action has been successfully queued. An email will be sent when the process is complete.” Click the Ok button to confirm.
  9. Once you receive the email that your course has been archived, return to this area (see steps 1 and 2).
  10. The .zip package of your archived course should now be listed.
  11. Click on the .zip file and choose to Save it.
  12. Save zipped course to the hard drive or onto a removable storage device (Floppy, CD, Flash drive, etc.).

NOTE: Archiving a course does not remove the original from the system

End of Semester Blackboard Tasks for Faculty

The following are important tasks for faculty to complete at the end of each semester in Blackboard.

1.  Grade Center: Review the Student Total Column and Export your Grade Center
At the end of the semester it is important to ensure that your student grades are calculated correctly. Also, export a copy of the grade center to an Excel file so that you have it available for future student grade questions and appeals.

2.  Course Availability:  Make Your Course Unavailable
To restrict students from access to your course, change the availability of each course from on to off.

3.  Archive: Archive your Course
Download your course as a backup with students records for possible future use.

4.  my Courses Module: Rearrange the my Courses Module Display
Change how your courses display within the my Courses module. You can display by term first, and then by course name or you can organize by course name only.

5.  Exporting courses for use in the upcoming semester:
If you are exporting courses from Summer 2015 or later, follow directions found on the Export/Import from Summer15 or Later on Blackboard page. If you are exporting a Spring 15 or earlier course, see the Export/Import for Blackboard Courses from Spring 2015 and Earlier page.

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