Q. If I archive my classes, can I still access them? Where will they be stored? I’d rather have the gradebook and course materials stored all together, but I doubt that I will need access to these courses regularly.
A. If you use the Export option in Blackboard, you get a zip file of course materials without student records that you can store on your hard drive or portable flash drive for the purpose of importing into another course. With the Archive option you will get course materials and student records, but you have to request that option by emailing Blackboard@luc.edu. With both Archive and Export the data can only be viewed by restoring the course in Blackboard or importing into a new course.
We recommend that instructors routinely back-up the Grade center; when you use the “Download”option in the Grade center, you get an Excel file that can be viewed outside of Blackboard.
Check out these videos for Exporting Your Course, Importing Your Course, and Working Offline in the Grade Center, or our written tutorial on Backing Up Your Course Grades for more information.