There are several methods available to import and/or copy your data and documents from Blackboard into Sakai.
(i.e. Announcements, Syllabus, Assignments, and Forums):
Copy and Paste is the best method.
1. Open the tool in blackboard that has the text you'd like to move to Sakai.
2. Copy the text
3. Open the tool in Sakai where you would like to move the text.
4. Paste the text.
(i.e. files in Course Documents, attachments):
There are two different methods for uploading files from Blackboard into Sakai depending on how many files you need to bring into Sakai:
Export From Blackboard
If the files are already saved to your computer (or thumb drive, CD, etc) you can skip these steps and go to 'Import to Sakai' below.
1. Go to Course Documents
2. Right click on the file you want to copy
3. Click on Save As to save it to your computer
Import to Sakai
1. While in the Resource tool in Sakai, next to the folder to which you want to add a file, mouse over
2. Cick Browse to find the appropriate file on your computer or network, and then click Open.
3. Next to "Display Name", type the name you want displayed in Resources. If you don't add a display name, the filename will be used.
4. Click Upload Files Now to finish or Add Another File
For more details on moving files to Sakai see Working with files in Resources.
If the files are already saved to your computer (or thumb drive, CD, etc) you can skip these steps and go to 'Set up a direct link between Sakai and your computer'
Download bFree to Your Computer
1. Click here to access the tool: http://its2.unc.edu/tl/tli/bFree/.
2. Next, click on Information & Download
3. On next screen scroll down and click on Click here to download bFree
4. Click Run
2. bFree will download and automatically open. An icon is also installed on your desktop.
Export from Blackboard
1. Log in to Blackboard and open the course you wish to copy to Sakai.
2. On the left side of the screen, click on the “Control Panel” link.
3. In the “Course Options” area of the screen, click on “Export Course.”
4. On the “Export Course” page, select all items you wish to export. This will allow bFree to extract them. Make sure you check the box for “Settings,” as this provides basic course information. Click “Submit” button.
5. On the next page, a link to the exported file will appear. Right-click on the link and select “Save Target As…’ Save this file to your computer (preferably to the desktop). This creates a .zip file with the file’s name containing the term and course number.
Open the Exported Course with bFree
1. After opening bFree, click on the ‘File’ menu at the top. Select ‘Open and archive “zip”…’
2. Select your exported course file and click ‘Open.’
Save as Files and Folders
1. Select ‘Extract as files/folders…’ from the ‘File’ menu.
2. In the window that appears, choose to make a new folder (preferably on your desktop) and save the documents to it.
3. The files will now be extracted and saved to your computer and will be available to import into your new course.
Set up a direct link between Sakai and your computer
To add a shortcut to your Windows Vista computer that allows you to upload and access files in Resources using WebDAV, follow these steps:
If you are using Internet Explorer in Windows XP, you can do the following:
1. Click on the Resources tool
2. Then click on Upload-Download Multiple Resources
3. Near the middle of your screen you will see a blue link which you can click on and it will automatically set up a link from your computer to your Sakai Resources folder. (Keep in mind that prior to performing this step, you must have at least one file in your Sakai Resource folders)
If you are using anything other than IE and Windows XP, do the following:
1. From the desktop, click Computer.
2. Click Map Network Drive.
3. On the Map Network Drive screen, click Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures, and then click Next.
4. Click Choose a custom network location, and then click Next.
5. In the "Internet or network address" field, enter a URL that points to the destination Resources tool, and then click Next. Click Determining your site's siteID
to find the proper URL for your site.
Import to Sakai
You may now drag and drop folders between your computer and the sites to which you just connected by doing the following:
1. Go to My Computer
2. Expand My Network Places (for Windows XP)
3. You should see the link to your Sakai course(s)
4. Find the folders in your C:\...(or other drive) where you have the files to move into Sakai stored, and click and drag them to the course link in My Network Places
For more detailed information on this process, see Uploading files to Resources using WebDAV with Windows XP or Vista or Uploading files to Resources using WebDAV with Mac OS X
1. Plan the Layout of your Sakai course prior to uploading/copying data.
2. Layout your Sakai course in a fashion that will make sense to your students and be easy for both you and your students to find what is needed.
3. This is a good time to clean up outdated files/information that is no longer needed for your course prior to copying to Sakai.
4. If you have quite a few files to upload into Sakai, be sure and follow the instructions for using WebDav above. It will save you time.