Academic Toolbox Renewal

The experience in the Quercus is greatly simplified from the Portal, and it typically does not help to bring the previous complexity into Quercus.  This could be an opportunity to build anew in Quercus, but there are ways to import content.

Creating a new site in Quercus

Content can be added to empty course shells by instructors in a number of ways, but a good place to start is to simply start adding items in the Modules tool or reviewing the Canvas Instructor Guide.  Instructors should have an Archive of their course kept safely for their records, as outlined below, but instructors do not need to use this as a starting point in Quercus.


Creating and Importing a Blackboard Portal Archive

Instructors with access to a course in Portal and Quercus can:

  1. In your Blackboard Portal site Go to the Control Panel.

    Screen capture of menu item Packages and Utilities

  2. Click Packages and UtilitiesExport/Archive Course, and then select Archive Course.
  3. Select Include Grade Center History.
  4. Under File Attachments
    1. In Course Files Default Directory, select Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory
    2. In Files Outside of the Course Files Default Directory, select Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory

      Screen capture of option within export a package screen

    3. Click Submit
  5. When the archive has completed you will receive an email message, or you can remain on the page and click the “Refresh” button until you see a link appear.
  6. A link to download a .zip file of your archived course content will be available. Click this link to download the file to your computer, do not unzip it.  Keep this archive file someplace safe and secure.
  7. Navigate to your Quercus at
  8. Enter your empty course shell.
  9. In Course Navigation, click the Settings link then click the Import Course Content link.
    Import Content into this Course button
  10. In the Content Type drop-down menu, select the Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file.
    Import Content from Blackboard
  11. Click the Choose File button and then find the Blackboard Archive(.zip file) that you downloaded in the step 6.
  12. In the Default Question bank drop-down menu, select the Question bank you want to use for your question bank from Blackboard.  If you do not have a question bank you want to use, you can select the Create new question bank option.
  13. Select the Content strategy by clicking the Select specific content radio button so that you are prompted to choose which content to import later in the process.
  14. Click the Import button and wait for the import to beginCourse Extraction EmailThe current job will show as Waiting for Select.  When it is ready you can select the content you want to import by clicking Select Content.
    select specific content
  15. This option allows you to select specific content areas such as assignments, settings, and files without importing the entire course.  Choose only what you need and when ready click Select Content.
  16. Review the success of the import and make modifications as needed.


Additional Resources

Content Migration FAQ

Content Migration

Can I import my Portal content into a Quercus course?

Yes.  A 16 step process is outlined on our website.  You can import Portal content at any point, but you can only export archives from Portal before August 31st, 2018.

I can’t upload a Portal archive to Quercus from my Mac

Apple’s Safari web browser automatically extracts ZIP files once they are downloaded from Portal. Quercus expects Blackboard exports to remain zipped.

This can be avoided by using a different web browser to download archives from Portal or temporally disabling this feature in Safari and re-downloading the archive from Portal.   To disable this feature in Safari go to the menu and select Safari > Preferences > General > and unselect “Open safe…”.


Unselect Safari's "Open safe..." option

I don’t have access to the Packages and Utilities area in Portal

Only individuals in the Instructor or Course Builder roles have to the course Control Panel‘s Packages and Utilities area.

What is a Quercus Content Migration Clinic?

The Toolbox Renewal Project has been reaching out to the identified training and support contacts to schedule Quercus Content Migration Clinics in divisional locations.  The clinic consists of an overview of the basics of the migration process outlined on our website and practical support exporting and importing content between the two platforms.

Will Portal content be automatically added to Quercus?

No.  Instructors have the opportunity to make great courses in Quercus, and the best way to create a course in Quercus is to design the course for Quercus.  In addition, the difference in interface and technical incompatibilities require that instructors review course content before it is shared with students.

Content Migration Clinics

DateDivisionLocationDepartment if noted
05 (Aug)Ê15, 2018Arts and sciencesTBDFAS: Drama
05 (Aug) 15, 2018Arts and sciences15 King's College circleFAS: University College
07 (Jul) 26, 2018Nursing155 College street
07 (Jul) 18, 2018Nursing155 College street
06 (Jun) 27, 2018ÊArts and sciencesAstronomyFAS: AST
06 (Jun) 27, 2018, 10:00-12:30Medicine263 McCaul street
06 (Jun) 27, 2018, 10:00-12:30EngineeringBA8256
06 (Jun) 25, 2018, 10:00-12:00Medicine1 King's College Circle, DC Lab 3281
06 (Jun) 21, 2018, 9:00-11:00EngineeringBA8256
06 (Jun) 20, 2018, 12:30-15:30Music80 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C5, Rm TBD
06 (Jun) 14, 2018, 10:00-12:00Medicine1 King's College Circle, DC Lab 3281
06 (Jun) 12, 2018, 14:00-15:00Arts and Sciences5256 at BahenFAS: Comp Sci
06 (Jun) 06, 2018, 13:30-14:30Arts and SciencesNew College Computer LabFAS: New College
06 (Jun) 06, 2018, 13:00-15:00Medicine1 King's College Circle, DC Lab 3281
05 (May) 31, 2018, 15:00-16:00Arts and SciencesMP257  computer labFAS: Physics
05 (May) 30, 2018, 14:00-15:00Arts and SciencesCanadiana BuildingFAS: SPPG 
05 (May) 30, 2018, 10:00-11:00Arts and SciencesSidney Smith 561FAS: Statistical Sciences 
05 (May) 30, 2018, 10:00-11:00Arts and Sciences50 st. Joseph street, Odette Hall building 2nd floor room 201FAS: French
05 (May) 29, 2018, 13:00-15:00EngineeringBA8256
05 (May) 28, 2018, 14:00-15:00Arts and SciencesSidney Smith, Room 561FAS: Linguistics
05 (May) 28, 2018, 12:30-15:30Medicine1 King's College Circle, DC Lab 3281
05 (May) 28, 2018, 10:00-11:00Arts and Sciences50 st. Joseph street, Odette Hall building 2nd floor room 201
05 (May) 24, 2018, 14:00-16:00Arts and SciencesJackman Humanities BuildingFAS: Religion
05 (May) 24, 2018, 9:00-11:00EngineeringBA8256FAS: French
05 (May) 23, 2018, 14:00-16:00Arts and Sciences33 Wilcocks St., 3rd floorFAS: Earth Sciences
05 (May) 23, 2018, 13:00-15:30John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design1 Spadina Crescent, Room 200
05 (May) 23, 2018, 11:00-12:00Arts and Sciences14 Queen's Park, 2nd floor, Rm 265FAS: Criminology
05 (May) 23, 2018, 9:00-12:00Medicine1 King's College Circle, DC Lab 3281
05 (May) 22, 2018, 14:00-15:00Arts and SciencesVictoria College (room TBD)FAS: Victoria College
05 (May) 22, 2018, 10:30-11:30Arts and SciencesJackman Humanities BuildingFAS: JHI
05 (May) 17, 2018, 13:30-15:30Arts and SciencesSidney Smith, Room 561FAS: Political Science
05 (May) 16, 2018, 14:00-15:30Arts and SciencesInnis College, Rm TBAFAS: Innis College
05 (May) 16, 2018, 13:30-14:30Arts and Sciences725 Spadina AveFAS: Sociology
05 (May) 15, 2018, 13:30-14:30Arts and SciencesSidney Smith, Room 561FAS: GGR
05 (May) 14, 2018, 13:00-15:30EngineeringBA8256
05 (May) 02, 2018, 10:00-12:00Pharmacy144 College, rm850
04 (Apr) 20, 2018, 9:30 - 11:30AllRobarts Library, Room 4034
04 (Apr) 18, 2018, 13:30 - 15:30AllRobarts Library, Room 4034
04 (Apr) 13, 2018, 13:30 - 15:30AllRobarts Library, Room 4034
04 (Apr) 06, 2018, 10:00 - 12:00AllRobarts Library, Room 4034
03 (Mar) 27, 2018, 09:30-11:30AllRobarts Library, Room 4034
03 (Mar) 26, 2018, 13:30-15:30AllRobarts Library, Room 4034