Thursday, January 24, 2008

Tip #1: Archiving and Importing Courses

Tip: You can move your content from Blackboard 6.3 to Blackboard 7.2 using the Archive Course and Import options in Blackboard.

Here’s how to do it:
Log into Blackboard 6.3 and enter the Control Panel area of your course. Click Archive Course. Click Submit. The page will refresh and a file name will appear. Right-click the file name and choose the Save File As… option. Save the file to your computer, preferably in an easy-to-locate place.

Log into Blackboard 7.2 and enter the course to which you would like to add the archived course material. Click Control Panel. Click Import Package. Click Browse to find the .zip file that you saved to your computer in the previous step. Select the components of the archived course that you would like to import. Click Submit.

Remember that you will have access to the Blackboard 6.3 server for one year, so you will have ample time to move over any content you need. Your Spring, Summer, and Fall 2007 courses were moved from Blackboard 6.3 to Blackboard 7.2 for you. Note, however, that your Fall 2007 courses were moved to the Blackboard 7.2 server in October, so any content that you added to those courses after mid-October will need to be moved over manually.

If you have trouble with your browser timing out while archiving a course, try a different browser (e.g. Firefox) or try moving the content you need to a blank shell and archiving the blank course. Use the course copy feature to move the content you need to a blank shell (Dissertation shell, Independent Study shell, Practicum shell) and then archive the blank shell. This will reduce the file size that you are archiving and help to prevent browser time-outs.

Want more information?
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or call the Blackboard Faculty Support line: (940) 898-3706

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