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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.

Option #2: Self-Migration

This option is for faculty who want to migrate their course materials without assistance from a staff member.


Migration Instructions

migration chart

Export Content from Blackboard

  1. Log into Blackboard at https://pepperdine.blackboard.com.
  2. Click on the link for the course you would like to migrate, then click on "Control Panel."
  3. Click on "Export Course" (left column, bottom box "Course Options").
  4. Click "Export."
  5. Wait for the system to email you when the export is complete.
  6. Return to your Blackboard course, click on "Control Panel," then click on "Export Course."
  7. Download the export to your computer.
  8. Review the .zip file you just exported to confirm which materials were exported.

Import Content into Courses

  1. Log into Courses at https://courses.pepperdine.edu
  2. Go to your course.
  3. Click "Site Info" in left menu bar.
  4. Select "Import From File" from the far right button in tool bar.
  5. Click "Browse" and select the .zip file on your computer then click "Import."
  6. Wait for the upload to complete.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.