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Backup a Course

You should backup your Blackboard course from time to time. The Courses.SMU server is backed up frequently but it is very difficult to extract a single course from the system back up. It is the course owner's responsibility to do backups of their own courses. This is a simple process and takes little time.

  1. Log onto Courses.SMU and go into your course.
  2. Go to the Control Panel
  3. Click Packages and Utilities
  4. Click on Export/Archive Course
  5. Choose one or the other and click Submit (See explanation below)
  6. You will notified when the process is complete.
  7. You may want to download the backup to your local machine.
  8. Go back to the Export/Archive Courses area
  9. Click the package name. It will download to your computer
We highly recommend that you download the export or archive package file to your local hard drive!

You may also want to download a copy of your grade center. Use the Work Offline > Download links on the far right side of the Grade Center.  Full Instructions Here

Know the difference in Export and Archive

Export Course
The Export Course feature creates a package file that can later be imported and used to teach another course with the same content. It is important to note that, unlike the Archive Course feature, Export Course does not include any user submissions or grades — it only includes the course structure, content, and tools.

Export packages are downloaded as .zip files and are imported in the same format. Do not unzip an Export package or remove files from the package, otherwise the package will not be imported correctly. The .zip is in a preparatory Courses.SMU format. You won't be able to divine out individual files. The package can also be used to build a new course or a temporary course to retrieve files.

Archive Course Overview
Archive Course creates a snapshot record of a course including all the includes the course structure, content, and tools along with user submissions and grades. You may want to do this several time during a term.

Archived courses are saved as .zip files. Archiving a course does not remove it from the system.