Migrating from Blackboard to Canvas...

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Where do I Begin?

Accessing Canvas to Enter my Courses:
Open the Firefox, Chrome, or Edge browsers and in the URL bar, type westerncarolina.instructure.com, then click “Enter”. Click “Log in to Canvas.” Enter your WCU credentials. These are the credentials that you use for WCU single sign on. Then click “Log In.”…

Moving from Blackboard to Canvas

All media in courses (MP4, MP3, WAV, etc.) files will need to be uploaded to Panopto by March 2021.

The Canvas LMS is built for adaptability which allows for the integration of third-party integrations simple. Here is a list of available integrations (3rd party tools,called LTI’s) in Canvas at Western Carolina University.

Are my old courses in Blackboard automatically being migrated into Canvas?

Short answer: Yes 

Spring 2021 and all 2020 courses will be automatically migrated as long as there is an active instructor and course content within Blackboard. Instructors will receive an email if their course is identified as one that will not be automatically migrated; they will have an opportunity to request migration, if needed. Please see the expected availability for each semester below:

Spring 2020: February 15
Summer 2020: February 15
Fall 2020: March/early April
Spring 2021: Late Summer – Recommendation: Faculty that want to use these courses for Fall 2021 should request those courses from the Help Desk by submitting an IT Ticket.‚Äč

What should I do with multimedia in my course?

Due to course size limitations in Canvas ALL MULTIMEDIA (MP3, MP4, MOV, WAV, etc.) MUST be uploaded to Panopto and linked to your course through the Panopto integration.

Navigating Canvas – an Introduction

If you have not taken training on Canvas yet, remain calm, getting your course student-ready will be much easier with some basic understanding about Canvas functionality. Self-paced training courses created with specific WCU instructors in mind, will be listed on your Canvas dashboard. It is very important that you complete this course before you begin building your course.

Additional course training is also available by clicking “Help” in the left menu of Canvas and selecting the “Training Services Portal”. Once you have access to the training portal 2 self paced courses to work through are “Higher Education: First Day Ready” and “Preparing to Launch”

Other training and support are available, including 24/7 chat and phone support options (only available until June 30, 2021), as well as asyncronus training and workshop sessions starting in the spring.

Where do I find my Content imported from Blackboard in Canvas?

Why did some content move to Canvas while other stuff seems to be gone?

  • Announcements¬†will migrate well from Blackboard and will be located in the Announcements section in Canvas.
  • Assignments migrate well from Blackboard and will be located in the Assignments section in Canvas. (Note: SafeAssign is a Blackboard tool only and is not available in Canvas)
  • Discussion¬†Forums migrate well from Blackboard and will be located in the Discussions section in Canvas.
  • Files¬†and¬†Folders in Blackboard will be located in the Files section of Canvas. (Note: media files will not be moved to Canvas and should be backed up with Panopto for use in Canvas courses)
  • Tests¬†and¬†Test¬†Pools in Blackboard will all migrate to the Quizzes section in Canvas. However, not all assessment question types or attributes are supported.

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What should I review if my course content was migrated from Blackboard to Canvas?

Migrated Course Checklist-fillable (PDF)

Course Homepage РThe Homepage will provide some default text. It is important to update this text with your own updated information. If you do not wish to use the homepage  you can delete this text altogether.

The Syllabus page in Canvas will provide some default text the information will need to be updated with your own course information. If you are using the WCU Canvas course framework template, editable information from the WCU Syllabus template will already be addded to the Canvas Syllabus page as well as additional pages in a module. More information will be provided mid-late spring 2021 about the WCU Canvas course framework. Additional information regarding the WCU Syllabus can be found here

Canvas Modules are where instructors and students locate the discussions, assignments, and other material/readings designated in the syllabus. Please review how to use the module section here.

Note: It is important to review dates listed for the modules, assignments, and other listed material which may reflect previous dates. These dates will need to be changed moving forward.

Are there equivalent features and functionality between Blackboard and Canvas?

Yes there is!  View the equivalency features (with printable PDF) here >> 

Are there integrated tools in Canvas?

Yes there there are!¬† Canvas uses Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) for 3rd party integrations. LTI links make it easier for Instructors and students to use tools outside the learning management system environment, making them feel more “cohesive” within the Canvas system.¬†View a list of available integrations (LTI’s) in Canvas at WCU.


Does Canvas have a mobile app and is it responsive?

Yes! There are two free mobile apps available to download.
The Canvas App for iOS and Android as well as the SpeedGrader app for the iOS Tablet only. Instructors & Course Facilitators:

What Browser should I use?

Canvas supports the current and first previous major releases of the following browsers:

    • Chrome¬†84 and 85
    • Firefox¬†79 and 80 (Extended Releases¬†are not supported*)
    • Edge¬†84 and 85
    • Respondus Lockdown Browser¬†(supporting the latest¬†system requirements)
    • Safari¬†13 and 14 (Macintosh only)

Important Browser Info

You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. Your browser will notify you if there is a new version available.

Please note: For Mobile Browsers there is very limited support for the latest version of Safari (iOS) and Chrome (Android). (Guidelines are here)