Manually Converting Quiz Questions From Blackboard to Brightspace

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Last Updated: March 01, 2023
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When an entire course is exported from Blackboard and imported into Brightspace, the test/quizzes that get imported may not include images that are in questions.  This may include mathematical symbols that were in Blackboard quiz questions.  If your quiz questions were uploaded from another area into Blackboard (IE Respondus to Blackboard), then any symbols in these questions are recognized as images and may not be successfully imported into your quiz in Brightspace. 


In order to export these questions with the images/mathematical symbols from Blackboard successfully to your Brightspace course, follow the steps below.  Please note that before staring these steps, you may want to remove the quizzes from your course in Brightspace that did not migrate over correctly, so your quizzes won't appear twice in your course. 

  1. Access your course in Blackboard and find the section labeled "Packages and Utilities" in the column on the left of your screen.  Under "Packages and Utilities", select "Export/Archive Course".
    Image of packages and utilities section of brightspace highlighting the export/archive course feature
  2. In the Export/Archive Course menu, select "Export Package".
    Image of the export package button in the export/archive course menu
  3. In the "File Attachments" section, please ensure the following options are selected:
  • Course Files Default Directory:  "Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory"
  • Files Outside of the Course Default Directory: "Copy links and include copies of the files outside of the course default directory"
    Image of the course files default directory and files outside of the course default directory options in blackboard
  1. Under "Select Course Materials", choose only "Tests, Surveys, and Pools" and select "Submit" at the bottom of the page. 
    Image of "Tests, Surveys, and Pools" option being selected in blackboard
  2. Once you submit, your "Tests, Surveys, and Pools" will be converted to a .zip file that can be downloaded in the "Export/Archive Course" menu (please note that it may take a few minutes to complete)To initiate the download, click on the name of the .zip file.
    Image of the .zip file that was created after exporting the tests
  3. Log into Brightspace and enter your course.
  4. Select "Course Admin".
    Image of course admin option in the brightspace navbar
  5. In the "Course Admin" menu, select "Import / Export / Copy Components".
    Image of the import export copy components feature of brightspace
  6. Choose "Import Components" and then select "Start"
    Image of "Import Components" option in brightspace
  7. Select the "Upload" button and choose the .zip file you downloaded from Blackboard.  Once your file is uploaded, select "Import All Components" (please note that this may take a few minutes to complete).
    Image of the upload button to insert your .zip file 
  8. Once completed, you can go to your "Quizzes" menu to view your imported content. 
    Images of quizzes option in the brightspace navbar



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