Migrate course content

From Blackboard to Canvas

The Course Export process can be used when an instructor needs to migrate course content.

Following this process will create a "Common Cartridge" zip file of your Blackboard course site. Importing this zip file into Canvas will exclude student activity and may require an extensive clean up of your Canvas course site. 

Below are some example course content that can be included in a Course Export file:

Content Areas



Files and Folders

Discussion Forums

Tests, Surveys, and Pools


Things to note:

  • Do NOT use the Safari browser for this process (you can use Chrome or Firefox).
  • Do NOT unzip or delete items from zip file, as then the contents will not import correctly.
  • The zip file may not be usable or readable until imported into Canvas or another Learning Management System. 
  • Student submissions and activity will be excluded from the zip file.
Start the Blackboard Course Export process  

1) Login to Blackboard https://campus.georgetown.edu using your Georgetown University NetID and password.

2) Navigate to the course site where the course content is located. Locate the gray Course Management control panel (below the blue course menu), expand the Packages and Utilities section, and click Export/Archive Course

Control Panel > Packages and Utilities > Export/Archive Course

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

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4) On the Export Course page do NOT make changes to the File Attachments settings, rather scroll down to the Select Course Materials section, and click the boxes next to each item you wish to include in the export zip file.  Click Submit.

NOTE: Not all course content will import into Canvas. Please reference the pages above on what does and doesn't import into Canvas. 

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5) Wait for the file to be processed. An email is sent to your Georgetown email as soon as the system has created the zip file. Either refresh the page or repeat steps 1 and 2 to reload the course Export/Archive page.   

Control Panel > Packages and Utilities > Export/Archive Course

6) Click the file name (blue link) to download the Course Export zip file

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7) Save the zip file to an appropriate location on your computer (e.g. desktop or downloads folder).

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 See the next section on how to import a Blackboard "Common Cartridge" zip file into Canvas.

Import A "Common Cartridge" zip file into a Canvas course

To import your Blackboard Common Cartridge zip file into Canvas, first go to the course in Canvas where you want your course content to appear. Click the "Settings" button located at the bottom of the Canvas course menu.

Then, follow these instructions on how to import your Blackboard Common Cartridge zip file into Canvas.