Blackboard Tip: Save Backups of Your Courses

Here’s how to save a backup of a Blackboard course.

To save a just-in-case version of your Blackboard Learn course, go to Packages and Utilities > Export/Archive Course.


You’ll get the “buttons” for both export and archive, which are two different processes. Exporting the course will give you a “package” (a .zip file) of all the course content, without student data, if there is any. Archiving creates a package with student data.


To make sure you get all of your content when you do an export, make sure you click the select all in the select course materials area. Once you submit on this screen, Blackboard will process your export and email you once it’s done.


Once you have the email, you can click refresh on the export screen and download your package by simply clicking on its name. Save it to your U drive, an external storage device or your favorite cloud backup service.

It’s pretty much the same process for archiving, though make sure you check the box to include grade history.



Alex is online course support technician at IDS, working to support all online, hybrid and LMS-enhanced instructors and students in using Blackboard and several media servers. She's also the administrator for the MCC Blogs network. You can reach her at

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2 comments on “Blackboard Tip: Save Backups of Your Courses
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