I exported the course zip file and uploaded to Moodle. Now while restoring it gives me following error.
The first is an old-school converter that works (sort of) for Blackboard 6,7, and 8. We haven't tried it on 9.
Here is a link to Instructions on using and downloading the system.
The above can be accessed live via http://moodleconverter.lsu.edu as well
Here is a link to our new converter, which would require a new input plugin for BlackBoard 7, 8, and 9, but is MUCH more complete of a converter.
great to see and thanks for sharing this service! - I've added this to the blackboard migration page in the wiki - feel free to update it further.
Will LSU continue to provide this site for the community in the long term? - or is it likely to be removed at some point?
I tried using Moodle Converter from LSU. The archive file generated using the converter also gives the same error "Error unzipping backup file. Invalid zip file". So I am unable to restore the course.
I am still looking for the options.
Thanks a lot.
It still doesn't include user data - we weren't asked for that. That would be a whole other job. One for another day.
Is it open source?
It's more of a methodology where we use a number of tools and then we have developed some scripts to fix the resulting mess to produce a Moodle course that's not full of errors and broken links.
We currently can only really get over course materials and we sort them into resource types and then into alphabetical order. It gives a teacher/tutor a start to rebuild their course. Short of writing a "looks like Blackboard" course format (which would be mad on several levels) I don't think much more can be achieved.
Our scripts are not open source I'm afraid. They're much too rough
Of course, that's just one course then (usually) there's the other several hundred to do!
It runs through the process and looks like it is working. It picks up the course title etc.
However, the resulting Moodle archive is tiny and contains no course materials or user data at all.
Actually that's not strictly true. A bit more fiddling! The problem seems to be that the course files are not moved over, so you end up with a bunch of broken links to Word files, PP files et al.
How can I import Test Banks from Windows based Blackboard Version 8 to my Lunix Moodle 1.9? I have had some partial success with bring over some content by Exporting the course and doing an Import in Moodle. But I have had very little success with importing a test bank from Blackboard. All I can get is the questions and not the answers. I search all of the docs and tried all of that, but still no success.
I've heard people get a lot of sucess using Respondus as an intermediary - exporting from Blackboard into Respondus then export from Respodus to Moodle.
I presume you've tried the question import:
(just make sure the quiz has been deployed in BB before you try the export -see MDL-23893)
hope that helps!
Yes I have tried the question import method, but with very limited success. I will try the Respondus and let everyone know.
I've installed the Reteach application, but I'm having trouble getting a clean conversion. The error is:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "C:\Python27\Scripts\reteach-script.py", line 8, in <module>
load_entry_point('reteach==1.0.0', 'console_scripts', 'reteach')()
line 97, in main
.py", line 796, in create_moodle_zip
subprocess.Popen(command, stdout=err_fh, stderr=err_fh).communicate()
File "C:\Python27\lib\subprocess.py", line 679, in __init__
File "C:\Python27\lib\subprocess.py", line 893, in _execute_child
WindowsError: [Error 2] The system cannot find the file specified
I'm on Windows XP SP3, Python 2.7. Here's my PATH variable:
%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTSystem\;C:\WINDOWS\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0;C:\Program Files\jEdit
Reteach shows as a package installed under Python. The export file came from Blackboard 9.1. Any suggestions?
I haven't heard of anyone using the tools to migrate users - normally users are stored somewhere outside blackboard in an SMS/LDAP/other internal system and then Blackboard/Moodle just connect to that service to pull the user information out.
It's relatively easy to pull users out of the Blackboard Vista database - I presume you may be able to pull the user info directly out of the db in Blackboard 8 as well.
let us know how you go!
Thanks for the info... in my case there is no LDAP server or anything of the sort, as the user base is not confined to one company or facility. Furthermore we are required to migrate all information - the enrollments, gradebooks, all historical records etc. If Blackboard doesn't have a facility to export all this information, with foreign key references intact (and evidently it doesn't) then I guess I will need to pull all the information directly from the underlying Oracle database.
Does anyone know the process for migrating from Blackboard 9 to Moodle 2.0. Is it better to migrate to 1.9 first, and then upgrade? Or is it better to start with 2.0?
Yes - AFAIK none of the migration tools have been updated for Moodle 2.0 yet. - import them into a 1.9 site and then do an upgrade of the 1.9 site - then use standard Moodle backup/restore to put the course into your production site.
good luck! - feel free to drop me a line if you need any help!
Okay. Thanks Dan!
We are currently using BB 9.0. When I tried to migrate over to my Moodle 2.0 site it would not work. When I migrated the course to my Moodle 1.9 site, it would move over with some success. When I upgraded my site from 1.9 to 2.0 the courses would move over from 1.9 and look the same, however, when I tried to back them up and move them to my production 2.0 site it failed. From what I am hearing from those who migrate BB to Moodle is that BB changed a lot of its encryption in 9.0 and 9.1 that it is not talking well with Moodle (especially 2.0). With the code chages in 2.0 they are apparently still a few months away in having it figured out. We are going to be completly off by August and I was wanting to move everything over, but it looks like we will have to re-create everything in 2.0 (which from what I am hearing is not bad as the teachers will get to know the power of the program compared to BB).
We are converting from Bb 9.1.4 to Moodle 2.0. Do you have an update since February? DId you find a converter to help or did you just recreate everything?
I'd suggest you upgrade to 2.1 then use the LSU convertor mentioned here:
the LSU converter generates 1.9 Moodle Backup files - 2.0 can't handle 1.9 backups but 2.1 can.
if you need any help - feel free to drop me a line.
I am using Moodle 1.9 and Blackboard CE8. I cannot import from Blackboard using any of the import filters. I always get the same error message.
"Could not find question data file in zip"
Does anyone know what this means?
Has there been any progress? We are trying to move Blackboard 9.1.90132.0 to Moodle 2.2.4 and I haven't had a bit of luck. I did manage to get some content into the 2.2.4 site but it was mangled.