We know that there are many reasons why you might want to save some of your Blackboard courses, student content, grades, etc., before Blackboard is retired on June 30, 2021. We have created some “How To” articles that focus on the most common content: the entire course (which does not include student content), student submissions, grade center, and rubrics.

Student content and grades should not be stored on your local hard drive or personal device. To meet legal, security, and privacy compliance, OneDrive, Mercury, or Panopto (for video storage) should be used to store downloaded student content and grades.

We are migrating the course content for all the active 2020 courses and the spring 2021 courses. To learn about when these will be available visit our Canvas migration page.  However, you will need to migrate your own content into a course development shell for any course not taught in 2020; guides on how to do this are below.

When retrieving student content, please be aware that for specific student submission types and Blackboard student submissions, there may be limited results depending on the data you are looking for. Please see the additional links for the specifics and how to download the content. 

How-to Articles: 

The following articles focus on the exporting the most common content related to student submissions, grade center, and rubrics.


Student Submissions

In regards to the student submissions themselves, it is possible to download all of the student submissions for an assignment, as detailed in the attachment “Bulk Download of Student Submissions”, however this export does not include their rating or comments on the associated rubric.


Blackboard is somewhat limited when it comes to pulling data from rubrics. It does offer a report you can run on a rubric, which I’ve detailed in the attachment “Blackboard Rubric Report Overview”, but that does only provide a global overview of the rubric without providing a breakdown to the student level.

Grade Center

While it is possible to download the grade center to capture student’s total score on an assignment, that information does not include a breakdown for their scores on the associated rubric nor the feedback given on the assignment.

How does this align to Canvas training materials?

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Additional Resources: 

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