Accessing your Blackboard Content Outside of Blackboard

Audience: Faculty and Teaching Assistants

This KB Article References: Navigate/Manage Your Course on Blackboard, Course Content
This Information is Intended for: Faculty, Teaching Assistants
Last Updated: August 11, 2020
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How can I access my course content after it has been deleted?

It's important to save copies of your course so that you have the files and information in case you teach the course at a later time or want to review what content was covered if the course is being re-built. To do this it is important that you first save a copy of all your content from Blackboard:

Once I have a copy saved what can I do with it?

Before anything we recommend that you save a copy of your archives to CD or DVD. If opened the Zip files may not work correctly in a new Blackboard installation.

  1. View your content in bFree. bFree is a software that you can install on your computer for free from University of North Carolina. It allows you to open and view your Blackboard archives on your computer. You will be able to open folders and view information that was posted in your course. It can also extract all your content into a website layout that will allow you to navigate your files and access the information in them.
  2. Create a Blackboard Course Sites account. Course Sites is a free Blackboard installation that is hosted by Blackboard. You can upload your course archives to their site and host the information on them. This installation uses the newest version of Blackboard and allows you to have up to 5 free classes. You can upload your Course with the following steps:
    • Log into Course Sites and access your course
    • In the Control Panel, click on Packages and Utilities then click Import Package.
    • Click the Import Package Button.
    • Select your package by clicking "Browse my Computer" then finding the package on your computer. Click "Open"
    • Select the Content that you would like to upload by checking the items in the list under Select Course Materials.
    • Click Submit.

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