Instructors can package and download their Blackboard Learn courses as zip files, which can later be imported back into Blackboard.  This is useful if you need to backup or restore your content.

1. Log into Blackboard

Log into Blackboard Learn through learn.kent.edu or through FlashLine.

2. Enter your course

Click on the name of your course to access it.

3. Access the Export/Archive Course page

In the Control Panel, click to expand the Packages and Utilities section.  Then click the Export/Archive Course link.

Packages and Utilities menu expanded


4. Run the export or archive

On the Export/Archive Course page, click the Export Package or Archive Package button at the top left.

  • Exporting your course will save all of your course materials and settings, but no student data, grades, or submissions.  
  • Archiving your course will save all of your course materials and settings, plus student data, grades, and submissions.
Export and Archive buttons


5. Select file options

Select the file options that best meet your needs, including whether to save copies of the course files within the exported package.

File copy and link options


6. Select course materials

Select the course materials you want to export or archive.  Click the Select All button if you want to save everything.

Select course materials


7. Submit

Once you select your course materials, click Submit to finish.

8. Wait for course materials to be packaged

It will take a few minutes for your course materials to be exported or archived to a zip file.  You will receive an email notification when the process is complete.  You may need to refresh your course page to view the package.

9. Download the package

Click on the exported or archived file link.

Download zip file


10. Save the package

Save the file to your hard drive.  Do not unzip the file or alter its contents.  

Keep this zip file as a backup of your course or import it into another Blackboard course.

Save file dialog box


Updated June 2019 by Katie Baer, M.Ed., Instructional Designer