Oct 292012

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You use the Export Course feature to copy your course content each term within Blackboard. For example you export your Fall course(s) and import into your Spring course(s). The Export Course feature creates a “zip” file that you then save to your computer for either importing into a new course or for saving to serve as a “back-up” copy of your course content. An Export Course file does not include any user interactions with the Course—it only includes the content and the tools.

Note: Export packages are downloaded as compressed .ZIP files and are imported in the same format. Do not unzip an Export package or remove files from the package, otherwise the package will not import correctly.

  • From the Control Panel
  • Select Packages and Utilities
  • Select Export/Archive Course
    : If this is your first time exporting your course, you will see a message that says, “No packages exist for this course.”
  • Choose Export Package
    : Once you submit you can use the Refresh button to refresh the page as you wait for your package to process and appear

    • Export Package button
  • Select Copy Options – default, displays title of course to be exported
  • File Attachments
    • ChooseCopy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory
    • ChooseCopy only links to files stored outside of the course default directory
    • File Attachments during Export Process
  • Select Course MaterialsSelect the check boxes next to the items you want to import
    • To Select All options choose the Select All button
      IMPORTANTif you choose to Select All Course Materials you will need to UNCHECK the Duration option under Settings.
      • Must: Content Areas and all content below
      • Adaptive Release Rules for Content – If you are using this feature it is recommended that you do not select it as the settings are based on previous students and semesters. However, you may have a need to use the same settings each semester. Remember you can change the rules anytime.
      • Announcementsif you want to reuse old announcements it’s a Must
      • Blogsif you use this feature a Must
      • Calendarif you use this feature a Must
      • Collaboration Sessionsif you use this feature a Must– this feature is different from the Blackboard Collaborate tools
      • Must: Contacts
      • Content Alignments – ignore this option, we do not use this tool at this time
      • Must: Discussion Board
        • Then select one of the following options
          • Include starter posts for each thread in each forum (anonymized)this option will bring the forum questions and the first initial posts made by students and you
          • Include only the forums, with no starter posts this option will only bring the forum questions – no posts
      • Glossaryif you use this feature a Must
      • Must: Grade Center Columns and Settings
      • Group Settingsif you use this feature a Must
      • Journalsif you use this feature a Must
      • Retention Center Rulesif you use this feature a Must
      • Rubricsif you use this feature a Must
      • Must: SettingsONLY SELECT:
        • Optional: Availability
        • Banner Image
        • Navigation Settings
      • Tasksif you use this feature a Must
      • Must: Tests, Surveys, and Pools
      • Wikisif you use this feature a Must
  • Select Submit
    IMPORTANT: during high volume times (Start/End of Semester the queued process can take longer. Please make sure you only select the SUBMIT button ONCE.
  • A green confirmation bar appears: “Success: This action has been queued. An email will be sent when process is complete.”bbexportgreenbar
  • Wait a few minutes, then select the Refresh button. Once the export package is ready a link to the export file will appear.
  • Select the link for the most recent export file package – check the Date Created column
  • Select Save and choose a location to save the export file to your computer (i.e. the desktop or your H: Drive). The exported file will be saved as a compressed file (.zip format). (Aren’t sure where your file saved to? Check your Downloads folder or contact us for assistance.)
  • The next step is to import the exported package into your new course(s).

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 October 29, 2012  Posted by at 11:28 am Packages and Utilities, Prepare Your Course for Term