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Migrating from Blackboard Print Page

How should I move my course from Blackboard to Canvas?

Files, Links and Assignments can be exported from Blackboard, but should you import them to Canvas en masse, or start from scratch, with an empty Canvas site and the files exported from Blackboard, and build it up yourself?  We have experimented with importing a variety of sites, and have these suggestions:

 Your Blackboard site...  We suggest that you...
has a lot of files (more than 8 or 10 documents)  start from scratch
has files and items organized by folders  start from scratch
has just a few files, all in one "Course Documents" folder  import
 has a lot of quizzes, surveys or tests  work with your school's instructional technology staff or visit our office hours for assistance moving these items

The advice above may seem counter-intuitive, but the more content you have in Blackboard, the harder it is to sort it out once it's imported to Canvas. Blackboard "items" in folders come across as individual Canvas "pages", not in folders. Documents grouped in Blackboard folders are imported to a single folder in Canvas. So it's easier to use the folder organization that you get from a Blackboard export when you open the .zip file on your computer, and put the items into Canvas yourself. We have staff to show you how!

Canvas also allows for drag-and-drop upload, so it’s easy to add lots of files at once. If the files from your Blackboard site are already organized on your computer, you are good to go.


How can I get help migrating to Canvas?

We have Canvas workhops on a variety of Canvas topics and Office Hours where you can get hands-on assistance with migration issues. For more information and to register, please see:

For questions or problems related to migration please contact us at: or in Canvas, click on the HELP button and Report a Problem.

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