Moving From Blackboard to Canvas

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What are the differences between Blackboard and Canvas?
What items in Blackboard can I import into my Canvas course? 

Announcements

Assignments

Discussion Forums

Files

Tests and Test Pools
Canvas offers many of the same question types that Blackboard does -- see here for more details.

What items in Blackboard will not import (or import well) into my Canvas course? 

Blogs and Journals

Course Menu Content Areas 
Migrating custom course content areas will place them in ‘Modules’ in your Canvas course --
see here more details

Discussion Threads
Student-created threads will not migrate from Bb to Canvas.

Links (internal Blackboard course links)
Links placed within Announcements, content items, discussion posts, etc, pointing to other Blackboard content, will not migrate correctly and will not function.

Groups 
Migrating groups will create group shells in your Canvas course, but settings and enrollments will not migrate. It’s best to create Groups from the ground up in Canvas -- see here for more details.

Grade Weights

Manually created Gradebook columns
Migrating the Gradebook will result in ‘Assignments’ being created in your Canvas course --
see here for more details.

SCORM content

Submissions
Student submissions to assignments, tests, discussions, or third-party tools (e.g. Turnitin, VoiceThread, McGraw-Hill, etc) will NOT migrate to Canvas.

Wikis
Migrating Wikis will convert them into ‘Pages’ in your Canvas course -- see here for more details.

What are my options? 

A. Choosing to build your Canvas course from the ground up by creating new ‘items’ and uploading course files from your computer’s hard drive might be the easiest route for most people. 

B. If you only need to move files (e.g. Power-Point, Word, PDF, etc.) between Blackboard and Canvas, we recommend you download the files from your Blackboard course and then upload them into your Canvas course. See instructions here on how to download just your Blackboard course files.

C. For the more experienced Blackboard user, you can select to export just the items that tend to import well into Canvas (e.g. Files, Assignments, Tests, etc.), and then create the other course ’items’ within Canvas that were not imported. See Blackboard export and Canvas import instructions below. 

D. For the more experienced Canvas user, you may consider exporting all your course material from Blackboard and select to import just the items that tend to import well into Canvas. However, please be prepared to do an extensive clean-up after the import is complete. See Blackboard export and Canvas import instructions below. 

How do I export my Blackboard Course? 

Note: If you only need to move course files (e.g. Power-Point, Word, PDF, etc.) between Blackboard and Canvas, we recommend you download the files from your Blackboard course and then upload them into your Canvas course. See instructions here on how to download just your Blackboard course files.

If you need to move more than just course files from your Blackboard course, we recommend the Export/Archive process outlined below. The Export/Archive Course feature in Blackboard creates a ZIP file of your course content that you can import directly into Canvas. 

  • Do NOT unzip your course export package or delete files from the package, as then the contents will not import correctly.  
     
  • Do NOT use the Safari browser to export your course from Blackboard (you can use Chrome or Firefox).

​To Start the Export process: 

1) Go to your course in Blackboard and locate the Course Management Control Panel. On the Control Panel, expand the Packages and Utilities section and click Export/Archive Course

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Control Panel > Packages and Utilities > Export/Archive Course

2) On the Export/Archive Course page, click Export Package on the Action Bar.

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3) In the Select Course Materials section, either click Select All or select the checkboxes for each course area to export and click Submit.

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4) When you export or archive a package, it doesn't appear on this page immediately. An email is sent to you as soon as the system has created the package. Then, refresh or re-open the Export/Archive Course page to find the package and download it.

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5) Click the link for the package that you want to download.

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6) Save the ZIP file to an appropriate location (e.g. desktop or downloads folder).
 

How do i Import my Blackboard course content into Canvas?