Course Packages & Utilities
Save and reuse course materials and settings from year to year. Copy course materials
into multiple sections or classes. Save time and energy with Blackboards Package
and Utility tools.
What would you like to do?
Use Course Copy to copy selected elements or an entire course into another existing course. It is recommended that you DO NOT use this Blackboard function. See the sections
below for instructions on exporting/importing courses as an alternative.
Simple Steps: From the course Control Panel → Select Packages and Utilities → Course Copy → You will Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course → Browse to locate the Destination Course ID → Check the course material you wish to copy → Submit
Explanation: Course Copy allows an instructor to copy course content from one course into another existing course. Course Copy is useful to instructors who teach multiple sections of the same course or who teach the same course from one semester to the next. Use Course Copy to copy like material, such as instructor bios, contact, and FAQs, from one course into several different courses. Note - A user can only copy materials into a Course where the user has a role of Instructor, Teach Assistant, or Course Builder.
Use the Export Course function to save your course content and settings to import
into a course in a future semester.
Simple Steps: From the course Control Panel → Select Packages and Utilities → Export/Archive Course → Click Export → Check the course materials you wish to save to the export → Submit → An email will be sent to the instructor when the export is complete and the file is ready for download → Return to Packages and Utilities, Export/Archive Course → Click on the course Zip file link → Save the Zip file to a safe place on your computer.
Available Tutorials: Export Course (PDF), Decoding Zip File Names (PDF)
Explanation: Export Course is the best way to save a course for reuse. The Export Course function produces a Zip file that the instructor must save to their local machine or storage devices. The Zip file can be imported into any course in part in full.
Use the Archive Course function to create a package file containing ALL of the course
content and all of the user interactions.
Simple Steps: From the course Control Panel → Select Packages and Utilities → Export/Archive Course → Archive Course → Check the box in the Select Copy Options Section to include the Grade Center history (if preferred) → Submit → An email will be sent to the instructor when the process is complete → Return to Packages and Utilities, Export/Archive Course → Click on the course Zip file link → Save the Zip file to a safe place on your computer
Available Tutorials: Archive Course (PDF), Decoding Zip File Names (PDF)
Explanation: An archive stores all course data including contributions made by students. It is recommended that faculty archive every course taught at the end of the semester and save the archive in your course records. Course archives can only be restored by a Blackboard administrator; do not attempt to import a course archive into Blackboard.
Use the Import Package function to import Zip files of exported courses into another
Simple Steps: From the course Control Panel → Select Packages and Utilities → Import Package / View Logs → Import Package → Click Browse to locate your exported file → Check the boxes on the course materials you wish to be imported → Submit
Available Tutorials: Import Course (PDF)
Explanation: If you have exported course materials, you are able to import those materials into another course. This is useful if you want to use the same materials again for the same or different course.