How to Back Up Your Blackboard (Bb) Learn Course

Author Stanley Stephney on September 7, 2018 | Print | Bookmark


This article will go over the steps for exporting a Blackboard (Bb) Learn course to your computer.


Please note that the bold text indicates text that you should see on your computer screen.

  1. Log in to Blackboard Learn and enter the course you wish to move over to Canvas.
  2. In the Control Panel in the lower left area of the course page, click on Packages and Utilities. The Packages and Utilities submenu will pop out below the words Packages and Utilities.
  3. Next, click on Export/Archive Course.
  4. On the Export/Archive Course page, in the gray Action Bar, click on Export Package.
  5. On the Export Course page, leave both Course Files Default Directory and Files Outside of the Course Default Directory at their default values.
  6. Scroll down under the SELECT COURSE MATERIALS area and click on the Select All button.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Submit button.
  8. At this point you'll be returned to the Export/Archive Course page and you will see a message stating that the task of exporting has been queued and that you'll be emailed when the task is complete. This task typically takes between 3 and 10 minutes to complete.
  9. Go do something else, but stay nearby! You don't want to forget about your course prep!
  10. After you've received the email confirming that the copy is complete, you can check the course's Export/Archive page, by repeating steps 1 through 3. Here on the Export/Archive page, you should now see a link to a .zip file. Right click on the file and save the link to your computer, making sure to save it to Desktop, My Documents, or some folder that you know how to get to.

You have now successfully backed up your entire Bb Learn course to your computer. To learn how to push these exported materials into a Canvas course, you can click on the link below:

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Last updated on September 7, 2018 with 955 views