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

Canvas End of Semester / Term

The following will help instructors understand how the end of semester is handled in Canvas, and how to update related Canvas course settings if necessary.

Closing your Course

There is nothing you need to do to close your Canvas course; the term end date will conclude your course for the semester automatically and move your course to the ‘Past Enrollments’ list. By default you and your students will continue to have read-only access to the course.

For both instructors and students, concluded courses will be found under Courses > View All Courses > Past Enrollments.

Canvas Term End Dates

SemesterDateTime
Spring 2017June 1 12 am
Summer 2017August 11 12 am
Fall 2017Dec 3112 am

End of Term Access for Instructors

Instructors can perform the following actions within a concluded course

  • Download Grades to a CSV (Excel) File
  • Copy a course
  • Export a course
  • Access the course using visible navigation links (those links that were hidden from students will be hidden in concluded courses)

Instructors cannot perform the following actions within a concluded courses (and should be done prior to the end of the course)

  • Edit course content
  • Edit Grades
  • View/download Analytics
  • View/download Item Analysis within Quizzes
  • Send a message to the class within Canvas

End of Term Access for Students

Students can perform the following actions by default within a concluded course.

  • View Grades
  • View content
  • View Discussions and Assignments
  • Send a message to the instructor

Students cannot perform the following actions within a concluded course.

  • View Quiz Questions and Answers
  • Submit discussions, assignments, quizzes, and other course activities

Incomplete Grades

If you have assigned a student an incomplete ‘I‘ grade for the semester contact Karen Turpin at kturpin@miracosta.edu or 760-795-6787 as soon as the paperwork is complete with Admissions and Records. A new section will be created manually for that student within the original course.  This new section will allow the student access to your course for the time allowable by the Office of Admissions and Records.

Teaching a short semester course and/or need to close your course prior to the official term end date?

You can manually end your course by updating the course end date.

To change the Course Start and/or End Date

  1. Click on Settings in the Canvas course menu
  2. Change the Course Start and End Dates to reflect when you want students to have full access to the course.
  3. Select the checkbox for ‘Users can only participate in this course between these dates.’
  4. Click the Update Course Details button.

In the example below, students will not be able to access the course, even if it is published, until Jan 16 at 12 am. The students will no longer be able to participate in the course after May 30  at 5 pm and the course will be visible to students in the ‘Past Enrollments’ list by clicking on Courses, then All Courses.

Start / End Term Canvas Dates

  • Note: If you select a course end date prior to the official end of term date, but do not check the box ‘Users can only participate in this course between these date,’ students will still be able to actively participate in the course until the official Canvas end of term.

Restricting Students from Viewing a Completed Course

As described above, students have read-only access to course content in Canvas long after the current term is over. If an instructor wishes to limit this access, follow one of the methods below.

Method 1: Hide Navigation Menu Links

If an instructor would like to limit access to course content, one method is to hide the Navigation menu links. It is important to note that if the Navigation menu links are hidden, the instructor will also be unable to access them after the course concludes (end of term). This may be appropriate if you would like to leave Grades available to students, yet close off course content and/or modules. The instructor will be able to copy the course into another course to gain access to the menu items that are hidden.

How to Hide Menu Navigation links

  1. Select Settings within a course
  2. Select Navigation in the tabs at the top.
  3. Drag and drop the menu items from the top (viewable) area to the bottom (hidden) area or click the gear icon to the right of the menu item and select disable.
  4. Click the Save button.

Method 2: Restrict students from viewing course after end date

If an instructor would prefer the entire course and its course materials not be visible to students after the course end date:

  1. Click on Settings in the Canvas course menu
  2. Select the checkbox for ‘Restrict students from viewing course after end date’Restrict past end date
  3. Click the Update Course Details button.

This option will completely remove the course from the student’s view in Past Enrollments. Students will not see the course and/or have access to any of the course materials and/or the grades for the course. Instructors will continue to be able to access the course in Past Enrollments.

Copying into Canvas from Blackboard or Canvas

MiraCosta College is transitioning from Blackboard to Canvas. Starting in summer 2018, Canvas will be the sole supported course management system for MiraCosta classes.

Canvas to Canvas

If you are teaching with Canvas, and/or you have created content within a Canvas course you can copy the entire course or parts of the course into one Canvas course from another.

Blackboard to Canvas

When moving your course from Blackboard to Canvas, it is recommended to only export parts, not all, of your Blackboard course.

These documents will help explain the process.

Content from Blackboard that is most likely to import well into Canvas

  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Discussion Boards – Only discussion prompts will transfer over.
  • Tests, Surveys and Pools – These will transfer and be located in the Quizzes section of Canvas. Only multiple choice, fill in the blanks, essay, matching, numerical and formal will transfer. If not supported by Canvas, the question becomes a text only question.

For most other content and activities, it’s best to re-create/re-upload within Canvas. If you try to import entire courses or content areas into Canvas from Blackboard the work to re-organize and clean up the results generally exceeds the work to rebuild. Keep in mind that you can copy-paste text from Blackboard into Canvas – you don’t need to literally retype everything. It’s recommended that you use the “Paste and Match Style” command in your browser’s Edit menu, or first paste into an intermediate program where you can convert to unstyled text, to ensure that you don’t paste in unwanted code.

We have training classes and videos with ideas for Canvas. Check out the Canvas Information & Resources page.

Camtasia Studio and Snagit

Camtasia SnagitMiraCosta College has negotiated a site license master agreement with TechSmith for Camtasia and SnagIt. The software is available at no cost to employees for on campus and home computers.

 

Obtaining the Software

On Campus Computer

We will be including this software in future computer installations as part our desktop basic configuration. In the interim submit a helpdesk ticket, requesting the latest version of Camtasia Studio and Snagit, if you would like this software installed on your campus computer.

Contact the Employee Helpdesk at 760-795-6850 for questions and assistance.

Home Computer

E-mail Abdy Afzali aafzali@miracosta.edu or call (760) 757-2121 ext 6731 if you are interested in the Camtasia or SnagIt software for home usage.

Software Overview

Find out more information about Camtasia Studio and Snagit.

Camtasia Studio Tutorials

PC

MAC

Snagit Tutorials

PC

MAC

Screen Recording for YouTube Recommendation

For screen recording (creating a video), either within Snagit or Camtasia Studio, Karen Turpin recommends the following settings for a clear YouTube video output.

  1. Use the Chrome web browser
  2. Record at the custom size  1280 x 720
    1. You can set this at time of recording by selecting a custom size.
  3. On the chrome browser zoom in to 110% or 120% .
    1. This will help create readable text within the video.

MCC Specific Canvas Tutorials & Articles

Canvas is available to faculty teaching courses at MiraCosta College. Use your MCC username and password to log in to https://miracosta.instructure.com

A collection of MCC specific tutorials & articles can be found below or search for a topic in the search box in the top right corner of this website.  Canvas Information & Resources.

Assignments

Calendar

Communication Tools

Content

Google Docs

Grades

LTi Tools

People

Start / End of Semester

Support

 

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