When should I switch to Canvas?
Blackboard will be available through the end of the Spring 2014 semester.
In most cases, you can move the courses that you have in Blackboard over to Canvas whenever you would prefer, as long as it's before the end of Spring 2014. (The exceptions are schools and departments that are planning to move as a cohort.) Here are some suggestions to help you decide when to move:
|have a new course, not on Blackboard||Start it in Canvas|
|want to move, but don't know how||Move now! We have staff to help you. We also have lots of workshops and office hours planned.|
|teach a section of a multi-section course coordinated by someone in your department (e.g., foreign languages, calculus, etc.)||Check with your department - we will be working with them|
We also recommend migrating your site while Blackboard is still available so you have the old site as a reference point. Workshops and office hours are ongoing, so sign up today, and start working on your Spring 2014 site. Sites for Spring 2014 can be requested through the Site Request Form.
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.