Archiving Courses in Blackboard

Faculty may export and/or archive their courses to save a permanent copy of the course for later use. Exporting or archiving a course will create a .zip file which you can save to your computer or external storage device.

  • Exports create a copy of the course with no user data or activity. This is suitable for courses which you plan to reuse in the future.
  • Archives store all user activity, such as submitted work and the gradebook. This is suitable if you need a permanent copy of all student activity in the course.


These directions cover doing course archives. Our directions for exporting and importing can be accessed by clicking here.

Archiving Courses

From within the course you wish to export, go to the Packages and Utilities section of your control panel and click on Export/Archive Course. Click on the Archive Course button.

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Select to Include Grade Center History if you want to save all grade history items (recommended.)

archive2Make sure that “Copies links and include copies…” is selected for both of the options in file attachments.

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Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

This will return you to the Export/Archive page. You will see a note at the top of the screen indicating that the archive has been queued.

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When you receive the e-mail confirmation that the course has been archived, return to the Export/Archive section of your course in Blackboard. You will see a list of packages ready to be downloaded.

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Click on the archive that you wish to download. Your web browser will present a save dialog. Choose to save, not open, the file.

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If using Firefox, you can click on the download arrow in the upper right of the toolbar and click on the button to show file location. This will show you the file on your computer, and you can then move or copy it to your preferred location.

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Restoring an Archived Course

Please contact the Instructional Design Center if you need an archived course restored. At this time, faculty do not have the ability to restore an archived course.

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Posted on January 10, 2014, in Blackboard and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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