Answered By: Rick Ernest
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2017     Views: 108

Archive = Creates a record of your entire course, including student information. Recommend saving this file on your User Networked File “Z-Drive” due to the sensitivity of student information it includes. If you do not have a file in the system, contact IT.

Export = Only the course components are backed-up or recorded. This file can be saved anywhere; your User Networked File, a USB drive, etc. Click here for instructions on exporting courses.

Whether Archived or Exported, files can always be restored if you find the need for them at a later time.

Log into Blackboard and click on the course you’d like Exported or Archived

Under Course Management, locate the Control Panel and click Packages and Utilities. Then Click Export/Archive Course.

Course management menu

The Export/Archive Course screen will be displayed as shown below. Generally the “File Items” portion of the screen will be blank, but if there has been a previous Export or Archive file built, it will be shown in this area (see the second screen below). 

Blank--nothing has been archived/exported

Export/archive course, never been exported

Not blank--shows previous archived/exported fileExport/archive course that has been archived before


ARCHIVING: If you plan to keep a record of your course, click on Archive (see image above). The Archive Course Screen will be displayed. On this screen you will need to select whether you want to include the Grade Center History. Click Submit.

Archive course screen

You will receive a message at the top of the screen in green indicating that your requested action has been queued. You will receive an email when the action is complete.

Archive confirmation

Click on Export/Archive Course again under Packages and Utilities to refresh the screen. You will now see a File. Click the down arrow to display a dialog box.

Choose Open, then choose save. Save your course(s) on a USB Drive or on your User Networked File: “Z-Drive.”

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