Importing an Archive Package

This lesson will demonstrate how to import a Blackboard archive package from another an earlier version of the same course, another course, or an archive file provided by a publisher.

Step 1 - Viewing the Import Package / View Logs Screen

Step 1 - Viewing the Import Package / View Logs Screen

Log into Blackboard, and select the course you want to import content to. Go to the Control Panel, click on Packages and Utilities, and select Import Package / View Logs from the drop-down menu.

You should now see the Import Package / View Logs screen as shown below.

Step 2 - Import Package

Near the top of the Import Package / View Logs screen, click on the Import Package button.

Step 3 - Import Package Screen

You should now see the Import Package screen where you can select the Package to import as well as specify which component materials you wish to import.

Step 3a - Select a Package

Step 3a - Select a Package

In Select a Package, click the Browse My Computer button in order to select the Archive Package that you wish to import. You can now select the Archive Package from using your computers file system and then click Select or Open.

You will then return to the Import Package screen, and the Archive Package file name should appear next to Selected File as shown below.

If you chose the wrong file, simple click the Do not attach button to remove the file name. Otherwise, move to Section 3 and select the particular Course Materials that you wish to import.

Step 3b - Select Course Materials

Image of the select course materials screen with the checkboxes on the left highlighted in yellow, with an arrow, a number 1 and instructiosn to use the checkboxes to select the desired course materials. Another arrow points to the right of the item labeled Grade Center Columns and Settings, with instructions reading Grade Center Columns and Settings must be selected in order to copy items associated with a grade column. At the bottom, an arrow and a number 2 point to the Submit button with instructions to click Submit.
  1. In Select Course Materials, check the boxes next to the items that you want to import from the archive package
  2. At the bottom of the page, click the Submit button once you are satisfied with your selection of Course Materials to Import.

The exact settings that you choose, will depend on whether you are trying to restore an entire course or just some particular components.

Note: In order to copy items associated with a grade column, the option labeled Grade Center Columns and Settings must be selected. Otherwise, items such as tests and assignments will not be copied over to the content areas the items resided in.

Confirmation

Confirmation

You should now see a Confirmation message near the top of the Import Package / View Logs screen that your request has been queued and that you will receive a confirmation email message when the process is complete. The exact amount of time it will take to complete this process wil vary depending on the server activity.