How to Export Bb Legacy Content to a Current Blackboard Course

When the upgrade to Blackboard SaaS occurred in May 2018, only the last year’s worth of courses were migrated to the new system. Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018 courses were migrated and are now available on the new Blackboard system. Student data and grades were only migrated for Spring 2018 courses. If you need to move course materials from the old, Legacy Blackboard Learn site to the new Blackboard site, you can follow the instructions on this page.

Please Note:  Blackboard file packages do not download correctly from the Safari browser on Mac computers. Use a different browser or a PC to download course export or archive packages. If you must use Safari, you can change its settings to allow for downloaded zip files.

For assistance with this process, submit a request for help.

Please follow the steps below exactly as they are listed. 

Step-by-Step Guide

How to Export Bb Legacy Content to a Current Blackboard Course

Step 1: Export Your Course

This step is taken in the old Blackboard Legacy site. You can request access to Bb Legacy from the Help Desk, and the link to Bb Legacy is located within the LMS Resources for Faculty / Blackboard Black Belt Online Training site.

  1. Request access to Bb Legacy from the Help Desk.
  2. Navigate to Bb Legacy and enter the course you would like to export.
  3. Under the Control Panel, navigate to Packages and Utilities and select Export / Archive Course
    From the Control Panel select Export/Archive Course from Packages and Utilities.
  4. Click Export Package.
    export package button

  5. Make the selections as indicated in the image below.
    Select the second radial button for both options in File Attachments.
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the course items you want to be included in the export package.
    select course materials options

  7. Scroll back to the top of the page and make sure that your course package size is less than 1GB by clicking Calculate Size. Then click Submit
    Click the button to Calculate the size of your course.

    Please Note:  If your course package size is over 1GB you will need to clean up your course files. You can do this either by clicking Manage Package Contents or going to the Content Collection menu and browsing the course files for duplicated or unnecessary files that can be removed from the course. For more information see How to Clean Up Course Files.
  8. You will see a Success notice at the top of the page. It could take a few minutes for the export to complete, and then you will receive an email from the system when it's time to move on to the next step. 
    success message
    Please Note:  Do not move on until you receive the email that the export is complete. Moving to the next step before you receive the email can result in a corrupted export file, and your course will not import correctly.
  9. When the export is complete, you'll receive an email. Navigate back to Export / Archive Course in the Control Panel. You'll find your export package with a corresponding time and date stamp. Simply click on the file name to begin downloading your export.
    Click on the file name to download the file to your computer.
  10. Once you click on the file name it will download into your computer's downloaded files area. Do NOT open or unzip the file, if you do the file will be corrupted and it cannot be imported. 
  11. Move on to Step 2 - Import Your Exported Course to a Current Blackboard Course.
Please Note:  If you do not have a current course shell on Blackboard to import the content into, you can save the export file for future use or you can request a Master Course to import the content into.

Step 2: Import Your Exported Course to a Current Blackboard Course

This step will take place in our current Blackboard system at

  1. Navigate to Blackboard and sign in with your BearPass ID and password.
    blackboard log in
  2. On the Blackboard My Institution page, find your course in the My Courses module.
    course link
  3. In the Control Panel, go to Packages and Utilities > Import Package / View Logs.
    Select Import Package/View Logs from Packages and Utilities in the Control Panel.
  4. Select Import Package.
    import package button
  5. On the Import Package page under the Select a Package area, click Browse My Computer.
    browse computer button
  6. You can then navigate to the export package you created in Step 1 and click Open.
    export package
  7. You should then see your export file listed on the Select a Package area.
    You file will be listed next to Selected File.
  8. In the Select Course Material area, click Select All, then Submit.
    Under Course materials click the Select All button.

  9. When the import completes, you will see a Success message at the top of the page.


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Article ID: 94849
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