Blackboard (Faculty) - Export/Import: Import Course Materials

This document provides an overview of importing course materials from another course.

If you have not already done so, you must export your previous course materials and save the zip file to your desktop. See "Export Course Materials" for instructions.

  • Import All, or Select Links, Settings, and Tools from Your Old Course Shell

    1. From the Control Panel, in your new course, click on Packages and Utilities to expand the menu.

    2. Click on Import Package / View Logs.

    3. Click on the Import Package button.

    4. In the second section Select a Package, click the Browse Local Files button to locate the ""  file you download from your previous course.

    5. In the third section Select Course Materials:

      If you have exported the entire course, click the Select All button.
      If you have exported only certain sections, check the boxes to the left of just the areas you wish to import.
      If you are not sure which sections you exported, Select All. (You may receive an error if the section was not originally in the export, for example a blog. This will not affect your import.)

    6. Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

      The Export process may take a few minutes to import the package especially if the course contains a lot of materials.

      When the package is ready, you will receive an email from the Blackboard Administrator.

      Once the process is complete, you will have the option to return to the content areas, tests, Grade Center, etc., and delete those parts you do not wish to keep.

      Many of the resources will be duplicated. Delete the unnecessary links in the navigation.

    Review Your Import

    1. Return to your content areas and check all the content, links, and settings.

    2. Delete duplicate copied course navigational items (beneath the default course navigational items). (

    3. If you use Due Dates: (

      From the Control Panel, click on Course Tools.
      Click on Date Management.
      Set the due dates for the current semester.
      Click Submit at the bottom of the page when you are finished.

    4. If you have any links to Webpages:(

      From the Control Panel, click on Course Tools.
      Click on Link Checker.
      Verify that all the links are valid and visible. If any are not, fix the link.
      Click Submit at the bottom of the page when you are finished.

    5. Make the course shell available: (

      From the Control Panel, click on Customization to expand the menu.
      Click on Properties.
      In the Set Availability section, click the Yes radio button.
      Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

    6. Preview the course as a student:

      Click on the Enter Student Preview button (next to Edit Mode) (

      Student Preview buttton

      Within Student Preview, you will see the course as the students see it. Any adaptive release items will not be visible unless available. You will be able to take tests, post blogs, discussion postings, etc.

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Keywords:blackboard, black board, bb, import, export, course materials, transfer, copy course, publish, unpublish, Bb FAQ   Doc ID:53733
Owner:Center I.Group:Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Created:2015-07-07 13:54 CDTUpdated:2022-12-01 11:11 CDT
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