This is just a gentle and friendly reminder from your pesky old technology training coordinator about archiving courses in Blackboard. As many of you know, I am cautious, even overly-cautious, where technology is concerned, and I recommend taking every precaution against losing materials and/or content. If you’ve been to my Blackboard Basics training, for instance, I always recommend that you both archive and export courses at two points, mid-semester and the end of the semester, once work is completed and grades are in. (Remember, a course archive includes all students’ work, grades, etc. along with the content and materials, and a course export only includes content and materials.)
Another suggestion or tip is to download your grade center. Periodically, it is prudent to download the Blackboard Grade Center as a backup, especially after a major assessment or exam, and at the end of the semester. The Grade Center will be a CSV (comma delimited) file that can be opened in Excel or other spreadsheet programs.
Instructions for the functions and tools mentioned above are linked below. As always, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me!