Archiving Course Material in Blackboard

Instructors in Blackboard have two options for archiving their course material:  

  • Download a Course Export file: Includes all course content.
  • Download the Course Files Area: Includes only files that were posted or copied to the course by the instructor or TA.

Currently, both options require an instructor to enter each course and take action to archive course material. 

How do I download a Blackboard Course Export file? 

This process can be used when an instructor needs to archive all course materials. Typically an instructor will create a Course Export file when more than just course files are needed. Below are some exaple course materials that can be included in a Course Export file.

Content Areas


Blogs, Journals, Wikis

Files and Folders

Grade Center Columns and Settings

Group Settings

Tests, Surveys, and Pools


and more...

Things to Note:

  • Do NOT use the Safari web browser for this process
  • A Course Export file is a zip file containing your course material 
  • The zip file may not be usable or readable if not imported back into another Learning Management System (e.g.Canvas)
  • Don't unzip a Course Export file or delete files from the package, as then the contents won't import correctly
  • Student grades, submissions, and activity will be excluded

Blackboard Course Export process: 

1) Login to Blackboard using your Georgetown University NetID and password.

2) Navigate to the course site where the course material is located. Locate the gray Course Management control panel (located below the blue course menu), expand the Packages and Utilities section, and click Export/Archive Course

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3) On the Export/Archive Course page, click Export Package on the action Bar.

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4) On the Export Course page do NOT make changes to the File Attachments settings. Scroll down to the Select Course Materials section, and check the box next to each item you wish to include in the export zip file.  Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

NOTE: If you are planning to use a Blackboard Course Export file with Canvas, please refer to this page on what does and does not import into Canvas. 

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5) Wait for the file to be processed. An email is sent to your Georgetown inbox as soon as the system has created the zip file. Refresh the page to load the Course Export zip file. 

NOTE:  In most cases the Course Export file is ready within a minute. However, in some cases you may need to repeat steps 1 and 2 (above) to reload the page. 

6) Once the Export/Archive Course page is reloaded click the file name (the blue link) to download the Course Export zip file

NOTE: Do NOT use the Safari web browser for this process. 

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7) Save the zip file to an appropriate location on your computer's hard-drive (e.g. desktop or downloads folder). 

NOTE: Consider reading the section below on Where do I Save These Files for long-term storage?

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How do I download the Blackboard Course Files Area? 

If an instructor only needs to save files that were uploaded or copied to the course (e.g. Powerpoint, Word, PDF, etc.) we recommend you download the Course Files Area of your course. 

Things to Note: 

  • Select to download one file at a time, or select multiple files to download at once
  • Downloading a folder or multiple files at once will create a zip file 
  • Folder hierarchy can be included in zip file
  • Student grades, submissions, and activity will be excluded

Download the Course Files Area:  

  1. Login to Blackboard at using your Georgetown University NetID and password.


  2. Nagivate to the course site where the files are located.


  3. Under the gray Course Management tool bar (below the blue course menu), click on the Files and click on [YOUR COURSE NAME]. 



  4. The Files page will show all course folders and files associated with the course.
    --> Click the file name to download each file (one-at-a-time)
    --> Click the check-box next to each file name and click Download Package to download a zip file containing the selected files or folders. 


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  5. The file will now download to your computer (typically in your computer's Downloads folder). 

    NOTE: Consider reading the section below on Where do I Save These Files for long-term storage?



Where do I save these files?  

Georgetown recommends instructors save their Blackboard Course Export file or Course File Area downloads to one of the following locations: