This page contains instructions for current Blackboard users who want to migrate course content from a Blackboard course to a Courses site. Courses is powered by Sakai.
General Migration Information
- Each course needs to be separately exported or archived before being migrated. View migration instructions.
- If your course materials are saved locally on your computer, you do not need to migrate content. You can simply begin creating a new site in Courses.
- When Blackboard is decommissioned, you will not be able to access past course materials.
- Not all Blackboard content can be migrated to Courses. For example, Courses will only import the following test or quiz types: fill In the blank, multiple choice, multiple answer, single answer and true false. View the migration chart.
Option #1: Assisted Migration
Submitted requests will be answered within two business days. Seaver College faculty members are encouraged to contact their technology liaison for assisted migration.
- Request a one-on-one consultation to assist with migration
Option #2: Self-Migration
This option is for faculty who want to migrate their course materials without assistance from a staff member.
Export Content from Blackboard
- Log into Blackboard at https://pepperdine.blackboard.com.
- Click on the link for the course you would like to migrate, then click on "Control Panel."
- Click on "Export Course" (left column, bottom box "Course Options").
- Click "Export."
- Wait for the system to email you when the export is complete.
- Return to your Blackboard course, click on "Control Panel," then click on "Export Course."
- Download the export to your computer.
- Review the .zip file you just exported to confirm which materials were exported.
Import Content into Courses
- Log into Courses at https://courses.pepperdine.edu
- Go to your course.
- Click "Site Info" in left menu bar.
- Select "Import From File" from the far right button in tool bar.
- Click "Browse" and select the .zip file on your computer then click "Import."
- Wait for the upload to complete.
- Select the existing material in the left column and click the arrow to bring the material into the course. Then click "Copy Materials." Follow the remaining steps.
- Review the imported materials by clicking "Resources" for assignments, content collection,
and syllabus; "Announcements" for announcements; and "Tests & Quizzes" for assessments.
- The file/folder hierarchies within Blackboard will not stay intact once imported into Courses, files/folders will be alphabetized once moved into Courses.
- Links in the Content Collection will not be linked in Courses. These items will need to be moved manually.
- Blackboard will export all question types but Courses will only import the following five question types: multiple choice, multiple answers, single answers, fill in the blank, and true/false.
- Rename any folders that have strange Blackboard titles like "COURSE_DEFAULT.CourseDocuments.CONTENT_LINK.label."
- To rename, click the "Actions" button to right of the folder in Resources.
- Click "Edit Details" and rename the folder.
- Scroll down and click "Update" to finish the upload.
*It is recommended by the University Registrar that all faculty keep student grades for a minimum of three years.