While we do leave courses in Blackboard for a time, we do not store them indefinitely and therefore, it makes sense to keep a local copy of the content that was part of your course. There are 2 primary methods for saving the content in your Bb course to your personal drive or computer.
If recreating the whole course is important ‘export/archive’ your course. This will export the content AND the structure. The format is not easy to read but can be used to recreate your course at another institution and even in other systems.
If saving files you’ve uploaded is important simply download all the files. Remember that every file you upload as content is saved in the content/file system. This is the quickest and easiest to create a local copy of your course files but the structure and context will not be retained.
Downloading the files in Original Course View:
- Go into your course.
- Click on the arrow to right of the “Files” option ( located under the Course Management area).
- Scroll to the bottom and “Show All.”
- Once you have All the files on the screen, select all the files by checking the box at the top of the screen (to the left of the File header).
- Select the “Download Package” button at the top of the page
- WAIT … wait …
- Eventually, the download icon for the Mac will bounce into your downloads folder. All the files you selected will be in your downloads area/folder. It will be a .zip file with the same name as the ID of your course. Your computer should already be set up to unzip (decompress) this type of file.
Here is a video showing each step listed above:
To download files in the Ultra Course View:
1 Click on “Tools” in the sidebar of your main Blackboard landing page
2 Click on “Content Collection”
3 Click on “Courses”
4 Select the course you would like to download content for using the check box, then click “download package”
The files will likely be broken up into different folders, but they should all be in there