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




 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

Make your Blackboard Course Available or Unavailable

A Blackboard course must be made available before students enrolled in the course will be able to view or access the course and its content.

How to Make a Course Available – Qwickly: Course Availability

  1. On the my MiraCosta College page (this is the first page you see after logging on to Blackboard).
  2. Click on Course Availability under my Qwickly Tools on the right side of the page.
  3. Click on the Off button.  The button will change to On.  Your course is now available for student access.
  4. Click the My MiraCosta College link to refresh the page.

my Qwickly Tools Course Availability

My Qwickly Tools Off to On

Refresh Blackboard Page

How to Make a Course Available – Traditional Blackboard Method

Tutorial: Making your Course Available

  1. Enter your Blackboard course.
  2. Under Control Panel click Customization
  3. Select Properties
  4. In the Set Availability section, click Yes to make the course available to use
  5. Click Submit.

How to Make a Course Unavailable – Traditional Blackboard Method

  1. Enter your Blackboard course.
  2. Under Control Panel click Customization
  3. Select Properties
  4. In the Set Availability section, click No to make the course available to use
  5. Click Submit.

If your course is unavailable, only instructors, course builders, teaching assistants, and graders can see and access unavailable course.

Students cannot access unavailable courses.

Current State of Blackboard. Please Read

MiraCosta College Faculty,

As you hopefully are aware, at the beginning of June we completed a Blackboard upgrade. This email gives a quick overview of various changes and current concerns with Blackboard, with links to learn more.

Overview of New and Updated Features in Blackboard



Read carefully how to bring content from old courses to summer and fall courseshttps://tic.miracosta.edu/import-export-for-summer-and-fall-2015-courses/

Some YouTube features are broken now

Update: As of Aug. 13, 2015, the YouTube features are now working.

This is not due to the system upgrade, but to a YouTube change on June 3. Video Everywhere – which makes it easy to find and add YouTube videos and/or record a video directly within Blackboard – and the YouTube mashup tool are currently not working. Also, playback of videos previously added to Blackboard through the YouTube mashup tool is not working properly. Until this is fixed, the best procedure to add a YouTube video is to find it on YouTube and insert the embed code into Bb. Directions: https://tic.miracosta.edu/embed-youtube-blackboard/

Email from Blackboard may look a bit different

But it shouldn’t be filtered out by some email providers anymore. https://tic.miracosta.edu/blackboard-generated-email/  

Voice Authoring is no longer working and has been removed

Copying previously-created Voice Authoring recordings into a new course will not work. You must extract the voice records from the Blackboard archive, import them to a streaming media service, and then link or embed those in your course. We suggest 3C Media Solutions: https://tic.miracosta.edu/campus-teaching-technologies/3c-media-streaming-server/

Voice Board issues

Copying previous Voice Boards into a new course requires separately extracting and re-adding voice recordings to the voice board. Accessing Voice Boards in the latest version of Chrome requires some extra configuration steps; details here: https://tic.miracosta.edu/chrome-voiceboardfix/

Blackboard Mobile Learn app must be refreshed

On iOS, delete the Bb Mobile Learn app and re-download it from the app store; on Android, clear your app cache then relaunch the Bb Mobile Learn app. Then search for MiraCosta College.

Text Message Notifications not working

At present, Blackboard opt-in notifications via text message are not functioning. We are actively working to fix this.

Happy summer,

Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education

Blackboard’s New Release for Summer and Fall 2015

MiraCosta College upgraded to the newest release of Blackboard for Summer and Fall 2015. https://blackboard.miracosta.edu. Looking for your Spring 15 or older classes to export content from?  Go to:  https://bbarchive.miracosta.edu and follow the export/import procedures.

Below are some notable changes for faculty.

New Faster Hardware

AIS has a new server and a clean installation of the new Blackboard Learn. With the new hardware and software, Blackboard will run smoother and faster and be ready to keep up with future releases and enhancements.

Single Sign-On

Blackboard now utilizes MiraCosta’s single sign-on system. Once logged into one MiraCosta single sign-on system, faculty and students can access other single sign-on systems without having to log in again, until the session has expired. Blackboard joins current single sign-on systems 25Live, Clockwork, Moodle, WordPress, Library Prox, Regroup, Maxient, and CCCApply. Additional campus systems will be converted to single sign-on soon.

Single Sign-On

Course Content – Export /Import

Faculty will need to export existing course content from the old Blackboard server and import into the new Blackboard server.

Student Preview

Viewing your course as a student is an important way to ensure that it is working for your students as you intended, and now it’s much easier. With this upgrade, instructors can view their course exactly as a student does from within their instructor account, rather than having to log in with a separate Blackboard username and password. This is a significant simplification for MiraCosta faculty!

Student Preview

Email Improvements

During 2014, changes made by some email providers to reduce spam meant that some users may not have received emails generated within Blackboard. This update includes changes inside Blackboard to fix this issue. You can read more about email from Blackboard – emails sent from different Blackboard tools are not formatted consistently.

Calculated Formula Assessments

Calculated Formula questions in Tests are used by faculty to create quantitative questions using a formula & variables that can be dynamically generated, calculated, and scored. The automated grading of these questions, the correct answer to be calculated using the defined formula and variables, and the student’s response validated to award credit, has been improved to include calculation to significant figures. In addition, support for scientific/exponential notation is improved. The Test Canvas and the Item Analysis report have also been updated to include Significant Figures information.

Calculated Formula screenshot

My Grades

The look and feel of My Grades has been updated. Students now view feedback by clicking View Feedback.

View Feedback

Anonymous and Delegated Grading

Anonymous & Delegated Grading provides a more useful, robust option than the “Hide User Names” function to enable anonymous grading, and provides a mechanism for lead faculty to delegate grading. When creating or editing an assignment, faculty can enable Anonymous Grading and Delegated Grading within the Grading Options section.

These tools can enhance assessment by avoiding bias (with Anonymous Grading) and/or by promoting reliability by obtaining two or more grades from separate individuals (with Delegated Grading). However, faculty in any courses in which grading is a shared responsibility may benefit from the capabilities.

For Anonymously Graded Attempts, student identifying information will be obfuscated. The student’s name is replaced with a unique identifier that can be used by graders and instructors to identify a particular attempt for evaluation without discovering the identity of the student.


Individual users now have more choice about how their calendars are formatted both in the Calendar tool and when making date selections. They can alter the first day of the week that starts the calendar view in month and week views.  Also, there is now a course list filter in the calendar.

Additional Information

Much of the text above is adapted from Blackboard’s What’s New in Blackboard Learn 9.1, April 2014 Release. More details are available there.

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