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Blackboard 9.1 FAQ


Archiving and Importing


  • How do I create an archive package of my course?
  • How do I upload an archive course into a blank course?
  • How do I copy a content item between courses?
  • How do I copy a test or survey to another class?
  • How do I manage permissions on my course files?


  • How do I create an archive package of my course?

    • A course archive is a file that contains an exact copy of your course content and tools, including learning activities, communication, tests and grade center columns. You can use an archive to transfer your course material from one Blackboard site to another, without needing to rebuild your course from scratch. To create an archive:

    • In the control panel of the course you want to archive, click on Export/Archive Course under Packages and Utilities
      Blackboard Control Panel packages and utilities
    • Click on the Archive button.
      Archive Tool
    • Select whether or not to include the grade center history and click Submit. Click Calculate Size to determine the size of the archive. If this number is 0, you are likely to get an error message when uploading the file to the destination course. In this case, wait a few minutes and try again.
      Create an Archive Package
    • A message will appear in a green header, confirming that the request is being processed. This may take a few minutes depending on computer settings and Internet connection speeds.
      Success Bar
    • Go to the control panel of the course you created an archive of.
    • Click on Packages and Utilities and select Export/Archive Course
      Blackboard Control Panel Packages and Utilities
    • The system will list all archive files that have been created.
    • Click the chevron next to the file you want to download and select Open
      Saving an archive to your computer

    • You will now be prompted to save the file to your computer.
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  • How do I download my created archive package to my computer?

  • How do I upload an archive course into a blank course?

    • In the control panel of the class site you want to upload your archive package created in the previous step, click on Import Package under Packages and Utilities.
    • Click on the Import Package button in the left corner.

    • Click on Browse to select an archive file from your computer
    • Select which content items to import.
      Import Item Selection
    • Click Submit to confirm and the system will upload the archive package
    • A green header will show up on screen, informing that the system is processing the request.
      Success Bar
    • When the process is completed, a log will appear and it will detail any errors or warnings that occurred during the import process
    • Once the import is completed, it may take some time for the course links to appear in the course menu
    • If the import log file contains the following message: "a fatal error has occurred" or if the course links are copied but the course files do not exist, go back to step 1 and repeat the archive process.

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  • How do I copy a content item between courses?
    • On the item you would like to copy. eg. Rubrics.
    • click on the arrow to bring up a drop down menu.Select Copy.
    • Select the course to copy the material to
    • Use Browse to locate a content area in the course to publish the item to.
    • Note: Discussions and assignments cannot be copied over. These items will need to be recreated.
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  • How do I copy a test or survey to another class?

    • Click on Course Tools under the Control Panel
    • Click on Tests, Surveys and Pools.
    • Click on Tests
    • Find the test you want to copy and choose Export from the drop down menu
    • You will then be asked to save the file to your computer.
    • Go to the class that you want to copy the test to.
    • Click on Tests, Surveys and Pools
    • Click on tests
    • Then click on Import Test.
    • Select the file you wish to import.
    • The test will now be listed, and will be available for deployment under create assessment.
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  • How do I manage permissions on my course files?

    • The default permission settings do not permit students to view course files. Therefore, it is necessary to check the permission settings of course files
    • To edit permission settings, click on Files in the control panel.
    • Select the course name under Files
    • This will bring up the file manager.
    • Select the file or folder to change permission settings. Click on the icon in the "Permissions" column.
    • This will bring up a screen that lists what permissions various users in the course have.
    • Click on Add Course User List
    • Select the checkbox next to All Course Users and the checkbox for Read access.

    • This will allow students to view course files. If students report issues with viewing files after the proper permissions are set, instruct the student to clear their browsing history and cache.
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Last Updated: 6/26/15