Center for Instructional Development & Technology

Course Archiving


Important Information!

Dec 26-30, Blackboard will be DOWN for an update! We will also be clearing out old courses at that time. We will archive courses from Spring 2015 forward so that you will still be able to request copies of these courses. We will not be archiving older courses, but if you would like to save your course for your records, instructions for archiving are below.

Spring 2017 courses will be archived after taking BlackBoard offline so that all work done will be safe. These courses will be restored to your course list for you to continue working with as of Dec 31. (If you have prior courses that are still open due to a student completing an incomplete, please inform us of this so that those courses can be restored with the batch of Spring 2017 courses.)

Upon returning Dec 31, you will not have old courses in your course list. We will provide a course request option to restore old (Spring 2015 and forward) courses to your list if you want them there.

If you would like to create a personal repository of courses outside of BlackBoard, you might consider creating a CourseSites account. (Southeastern will not have access to this account.)

If you feel that the week of Dec 26-30 must be used for preparing your courses, you could upload your courses to CourseSites for work during that week and then move them back into BlackBoard on Dec 31. (If you choose to take advantage of this option, please let us know so that we can create an empty shell for your course upload to avoid duplicating items when copied on top of the pre-existing course.)

If you have a BlackBoard site for an organization (or any course that does not have a semester code, such as 142S)  that needs to be saved and restored with Spring 2017 courses, please reply to this email to make sure I have it on my list!

If you would prefer to take these steps with support from CIDT, you are welcome to drop in at the following times, or schedule an alternative time that works best for you.

December 7, 1:00 – 2:00pm

December 8, 3:00 – 4:00pm

December 13, 3:00 – 4:00pm

To Archive Your Course, follow the instructions below:


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Although we will be archiving courses from Spring 2015 forward, you may still want to archive these courses for the sake of retaining a copy for personal use and history. 

It’s time to request your Spring 2017 BlackBoard shells! Click HERE to fill out the course request form!

Please request your Spring 2017 Course no later than December 1, 2016!

Please allow three to five business days for your course to be prepared as the volume of requests will be high during this time.

Important Information:

The week between Christmas and New Year’s, Dec. 26 – 30 we will be clearing out old courses and updating BlackBoard. If you would like to keep any courses for your personal records, please archive them by following the instructions below. We will retain the last two years’ courses in our archives and they may be copied into new courses upon request. Courses older than Spring 2015 (142S) will be fully removed and inaccessible after December 26.

All courses created and developed for the Spring 2017 semester will be preserved and remain in your course list. 

If you have a department, organization, or “shell” site that needs to remain in BlackBoard and on your course list, please email us with the name and course ID to ensure that it is on our list!

(Please note that BlackBoard will be down for the update, from Dec. 26-30, which means you will not be able to work on courses during this time. Please plan accordingly.) 

To Archive Your Course:

  1. Enter the courseyou would like to archive.
  2. In the control panelat the bottom left of the BlackBoard window, click Packages and Utilities.
  3. Under Packages and Utilities, click Export/Archive Course.
  4. Click the large button toward the top of the window labeled “Archive Course.”

*You will have the option of whether to save the grade center files as well or to just keep the course content, design, etc. If you are concerned about size, you can click the button to Calculate Size. If the file is too large, you have the option to Manage Package Contents, which will allow you to remove certain items, such as large pictures.

  1. Click Submit. The course will be saved as a zip file on your computer or flash drive.
  2.  Repeat with other courses you would like to archive.

*To restore a course so that you can view its contents, you will need to upload it to a new course shell. This can be done in future BlackBoard Courses. You could also create a CourseSites account for free which would allow you to create and manage your own courses. (Southeastern would not have access to these courses.) Archived courses can also be uploaded into several other Learning Management Systems, some by the professor and some by the LMS administrator.

BlackBoard Update Information:

The BlackBoard update will primarily affect functionality and features on the administrative end. There will be no significant changes for you to adapt to as an instructor. Click HERE to learn more about the update.

Christala Smith

Center for Instructional Design and Technology
Director, Instructional Designer & Technician

Adjunct English Instructor

Office: 580-745-3185

Cell: 580-380-3483

Organize Your Bb Course List!

When you open BlackBoard, do you have to browse through a long list of courses to find the one you are looking for? Below are instructions for organizing that list! You can hide courses you don’t need on a regular basis, and you can move the most frequently accessed courses to the top!

If your list is really long, you can also use the up/down arrow at the top left – to the left of “Select All/Unselect All.” 

You have a list of courses in “My SE” and “My Courses” Tabs. You can organize each differently to use for different purposes.  

Let us know if you have questions!

CIDT Tip: Adding YOU to Your Online Course

Do you ever walk into a classroom, turn on a PowerPoint, and just click through, expecting students to get all they need by reading the slides as it projects in front of them? I know you. I know you couldn’t do that if you tried! The same with videos. You don’t walk in, turn on a video, and expect students to inherently know why they are watching it and get all they need. As you present a PowerPoint, you do a lot of talking, often very passionate talking! Before a video, you tell them what to look for. Then you discuss the video afterward to ensure they picked out what you wanted them to catch and to make sure they thought about its implications to your subject.

Online students need the same commentary! At the very least, write in notes for your PowerPoint slides, but even better, add your voice! This will let your students really catch the passion you have for the subject! And, when you insert a video, add comments before and after, maybe even discussion opportunities, to provide a more in-class experience.

Make sure your course is YOUR COURSE, not just a collection of materials for your students to work through.

If you need helping knowing how to add comments to items or how to add your voice to your PowerPoints, please let me know!


Christala Smith

Center for Instructional Design and Technology
Director, Instructional Designer & Technician
Adjunct English Instructor
Office: 580-745-3185
Cell: 580-380-3483