Blackboard (Faculty) - Importing Template Shells from Institution Content

This document provides an overview of downloading a template shell from the Institution Content area in Blackboard and importing it into your blank course shell.

First, download the template file from the Institution Content area in Blackboard.

  1. Log into Blackboard.

  2. Click on the Tools tab in the Base Navigation menu. 
    Ultra Base Navigation menu

  3. Click Content Collection
    Ultra Base Navigation tools tab with content collection circled

  4. Under Content, click Institutional Content on the left side of the screen.

    Select Institutional Content

  5. Click the folder that contains your template (FST 101, PBHE, SOB, SON RN to BS Templates, etc.).

  6. Hover your mouse over the file to be downloaded until you see the circular, gray drop-down button appear to the right of the file name. 

  7. Click the circular, gray drop-down button.

  8. Then choose Open from the drop-down menu.

    open circled in red

  9. After you click Open, you might see an option to save the file. If so, choose Save. Otherwise, your computer will automatically save the file in your Downloads folder.
    • It is important at this point not to open or unzip the file. Always choose to Save the file, rather than unzip it. If you accidentally unzip it, you can always go back and save it again.
    • If you are working with the Safari browser on a Mac and run into trouble with this step, please see this troubleshooting guide.

With the file saved, you are now ready to import it into your new, blank course. 

  1. Go to your new, blank course in Blackboard.

  2. From the course Control Panel, choose Packages and Utilities.

  3. Click on Import Package / View Logs

    import package/view logs circled in red

  4. Click on the Import Package button. 

    import package circled in red

  5. In the "Select a Package" section, click the Browse My Computer button.

    browse local files circled in red

  6. Locate the zipped export file on your computer. (It is most likely in your computer's Downloads folder.)

  7. Once you have located the file, attach it by clicking Open in your computer's finder window (note: depending on your computer, the window may look slightly different than what is pictured below).  

    open circled in red

  8. Now, back on your Blackboard screen, you should see the export file attached under the "Select a Package" section.

    export file circled in red

  9. Finally, under the "Select Course Materials" section, make sure to click the Select All button.

  10. This tells Blackboard that you want to bring over everything in the course package. This is the most commonly missed step.

    Select all circled in red

  11. Click Submit at the bottom of the page to finish the import. Wait for your changes to appear in the class.
Please contact bbhelp@siue.edu if you have any trouble while importing your course template.


Keywordsblackboard, black board, bb, SOB, MBA, MBA template, FST, FST template, course shells, template shell, template, template course, PBHE, PBHE template, RN-BS, RN BS, RN, BS, NURS template   Doc ID88827
OwnerCenter I.GroupSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville
Created2019-01-03 14:40:29Updated2023-08-29 14:42:19
SitesSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville
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