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Export a Common Cartridge Package

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Common Cartridge is an initiative, led by the IMS Global Learning Consortium, to support course/organization packages you can use across learning management systems (LMS) such as Blackboard Learn.

You can export course/organization packages from Blackboard Learn Common Cartridge 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2 formats. To enable reuse in a broad number of LMSs, the package is limited to widely available features. Types of content not supported by Common Cartridge will not be included when a course/organization is exported in Common Cartridge format.

  • Files, items, discussion forums, web links (URLs), and assessments are exported, but certain components may be excluded. For example, topics in discussion forums are exported, but grading, which is not supported by other LMSs, is not.
  • The IMS Common Cartridge standards do not currently support all assessment question types or attributes, so exported tests and pools will not include incompatible questions.

Common Cartridge exports a course/organization into a single folder of content. Each content area is then exported as a sub-folder inside the main course/organization folder. As an example, if a Common Cartridge package was exported from a Blackboard Learn course/organization and then re-imported, the result is a course/organization with a single content area containing a folder for each original content area, and a web links content area containing all the web links.

To learn more, see Common Cartridge Course Packages.

1. Go to the Control Panel >> Packages and Utilities >> Export/Archive Course/Organization.

2. Click Export Common Cartridge Package.

Note: To export the package in Common Cartridge 1.1 or 1.2 formats, select the appropriate checkbox. If you do not select a checkbox, the course will export in Common Cartridge 1.0 format. The preferred version depends on whether the system where the package will be imported supports version 1.1 or 1.2.

3. Click Submit.