Blackboard Courses from Spring 2010 to Summer 2015 to be Deleted Beginning December 1, 2020

Posted: 10/28/2020

Because Blackboard courses have not been deleted since 2010, we have greatly exceeded the amount of storage we are allowed to use on Blackboard’s cloud-hosting platform. This increases the cost of Blackboard for us. In these difficult circumstances, it is more important than ever that we reduce expenses whenever possible. As a result, we will begin deleting the oldest courses from Blackboard.

Based on feedback from faculty and instructors, we will keep courses from the last 5 academic years. Shells and Organizations will not be affected at this time.

Courses to be deleted: All courses from Fall 2010 to Summer 2015 will be deleted along with a handful of courses that are still in the system from 2008 and 2009. Courses from Fall 2015 to Fall 2020 will be retained in Blackboard.

Removal date: Starting on December 1, 2020

You may save any courses you wish to retain before the course removal process begins by exporting the courses from Blackboard. You can store the exported package (a .zip file) on your computer or in OneDrive. Faculty members are responsible for exporting their own courses. Learn more about exporting your Blackboard course.

You may also download the Grade Center if you wish to retain the grades for your records. Learn more about downloading the Grade Center.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please feel free to contact the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at 815-797-2477 or If you experience technical issues while archiving a course or exporting your gradebook, please contact the Division of IT Service Desk at, 753-8100 or