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Exporting a Blackboard Course preserves all instructor-generated course content for use in a future course. Exports are necessary only when dealing with seldom-taught courses. At any given point, you only have access to the past two years of your Fairfield Blackboard courses. If you anticipate two years passing before you teach a course again, you may want to Export it for a potential future Import.

In most cases, you will be looking to copy the content of an old section of a course to a new one. As long as you still have access to the old course and the new one exists already, please use Copy a Blackboard Course or Specific Course Content instead of this Export guide.

Note: If you no longer have access to the old course, or if you are looking to preserve student-submitted work, please contact academiccomputing@fairfield.edu for assistance.


  1. Designate Course for Export


    Visit fairfield.blackboard.com and log in with your Fairfield Net ID and current password.

    Enter the course you’d like to Export by choosing it’s name on your My Courses list.


    From within the course, choose the Packages and Utilities link on the left-hand Course Management menu. Then, choose Export/Archive Course from the expanded menu.


  2. Generate the Course's Export Package


    From the new screen, choose Export Package.



    From the Export Course page, confirm these File Attachments settings:
    • Set 'Course Files Default Directory' to Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default direcory.
    • Set 'Files Outside of the Course Default Directory' to Copy links and include copies of the files



    For Select Course Materials, choose Select All to confirm that all course components are exported.



    Scroll up or down the page and choose Submit to generate the Export Package.



  3. Download the Export Package

    After submitting, you will be returned to the Export/Archive page while the package is created. Click the Refresh to check if the Packaging process has finished.

    Once the Export appears, hover your cursor over the Package's title, then click the tiny context menu arrow that appears to the right. Select Open to launch a zip download and select where you’d like to save the package on your computer’s local drive.


    Note: Consult Import a Blackboard Course for instructions on importing your course package back into Blackboard Learn.


For further assistance, please visit the ITS4U Help Desk located in NYS 215 or call 203-254-4069 during business hours.

Hours can be found here: ITS4U Help Desk Hours of Operation

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