University of Vermont

Center for Teaching and Learning

Archiving (Backing up) a Course

Instructors are responsible for making and keeping backups of their course materials and other course data. Deleted data in a Blackboard course cannot otherwise be recovered.

We recommend archiving (preferring it to "exporting") as the best practice for all course back-up purposes. Archiving backs up everything in your course and will produce a zip file that must be downloaded to complete the backup process. The zip file will not be usable for any purpose except importing back into Blackboard. Instructions are below.

What part of the course is archived?

Everything: content, student names, student work, grades, etc.

Can I restore student grades myself?

Instructors can only restore the content. If you need access to student work or grades, send a request to the UVM Blackboard Administrator at blackboard@uvm.edu who will have some questions for you and will request that you send your archive file.

NOTE: Another, more easily accessible, way to keep a record of student grades is to download the Grade Center as an Excel file. » See the how-to.

To create the archive file:

  1. In the course space that contains the content you wish to back up, go to
    Control Panel > Packages and Utilities > Export/Archive Course.
  2. To create a new archive file, click "Archive." (If you have previously created backups of your course, you will see those older zip files listed.)
  3. If you want to include the grade center data, choose "Include Grade Center History."
  4. Click "Submit." You will be sent an automated email indicating that the process is complete. This usually only takes a few minutes, depending on the size of the course. Once you receive this confirmation email, you must refresh the page to see the new export package file that you just created.
  5. To download the zip file, click on the link to it. (Or right-click and choose "Save to computer.") IMPORTANT: For this file to be useful, it must remain intact as a zip file. Do not unzip it. (If you're using Safari, you may need to try a different browser such as Firefox or Chrome.) You can now store it with other backups in a safe place such as a CD or a course back up folder on your zoo space. To import the content to a new course space, follow the steps on the "Importing" page.

Importing an Archived Course File

To import the content into a new course space, visit the Importing Course Content page.

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