Migrating from Blackboard to Canvas...Let's get started!
Where do I Begin?
Accessing Canvas to Enter my Courses:
Moving from Blackboard to Canvas
- Canvas Migration FAQ’s
- What course content in Blackboard will migrate well into Canvas? Continue reading this page, details are below.
- Are there equivalent features and functionality between Blackboard and Canvas? Yes, review the equivalency chart here
- Is there a checklist to follow if my content has been migrated? Yes, the “Migrated Course Checklist“ can be downloaded here.
All media in courses (MP4, MP3, WAV, etc.) files will need to be uploaded to Panopto by March 2021.
- How do I backup media files from my Blackboard course to Panopto? A guide is available to help you learn how to export media from Blackboard and upload to Panopto here.
- Can I still use Panopto in Canvas? Yes, Anything stored in Panopto will be available in your Canvas course. Review our resources for using Panopto in Canvas. (Note: You will need to double check that the Panopto links still point to the correct video (URL). Watch a video to learn about moving and using Panopto in Canvas. (2:21min)
- Will Panopto video links in my course that was migrated from Blackboard still be linked? Panopto video links will need to be checked to verify links are pointed to the correct Panopto video session.
- Do I have to use Panopto to record or store media? No, however Panopto is supported at WCU with greater security and there is no additional cost. View media & screen capture options here
- Narrated PowerPoint presentations were in my Blackboard course. Does Canvas offer a better option? Yes, Recording lectures with Panopto can eliminate the need for students to download a presentation to view content and can easily be shared in Canvas.
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: August – Recommendation: Faculty that want to use these courses for Fall 2021 should import these courses themselves (Here is the how to for exporting from Blackboard and importing to Canvas – Migrating a Course – Exporting a Blackboard Course/Importing to Canvas)
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 open sessions starting in the spring.
Should I export my content from a Blackboard course and import it to Canvas?
It is recommended to build your courses from scratch in Canvas rather than importing content from Blackboard
- However, if you must export content from Blackboard to import into Canvas there are options.
- Option 1) Download your Blackboard course files and folders and upload them into Canvas. Choose this option, to build your Canvas course from scratch by uploading Blackboard course files could be the best route for most people.
- Option 2) Export the entire Blackboard course and import into Canvas. Choosing this option might be best when instructors need to move more Blackboard course content items like assignments, tests, files, announcements into your Canvas course shell. *Note: If you have multiple Blackboard courses that will be manually imported to Canvas, you will need to contact Canvas support to request additional Development (DEV) course shells for each Blackboard course.
Please be prepared to do an extensive clean-up in your Canvas course site after importing Blackboard course content. Additional information is provided regarding the details what Blackboard content will migrate or import well into Canvas and these items will appear. The Migrated Course Checklist is available for reference.
If I have decided to import my content to Canvas where do I find it?
Why did some content move to Canvas while other stuff seems to be gone?
- What course content in Blackboard migrates well into Canvas?
- What course content will not migrate well to Canvas?
- 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.
If you use…
- Blogs and Journals in Blackboard this will not import to Canvas. Alternatives options include Students creating their own Discussions in Canvas, which can provide similar functionality to Blogs in Blackboard or an Assignment can be created in Canvas to help facilitate private back-and-forth communication, providing similar functionality to Journals in Blackboard.
- Course Menu and Content Areas – It is best to review the Modules section in Canvas after importing course content and materials. course menu and content items in Blackboard may be located within the Modules section in Canvas, however, not all course menu items will be re-created.
- Content Items in Blackboard may or may not migrate well depending on the item and may be moved to the Pages section in Canvas.(Note: Content Items combine a variety of materials to view together,iif the Content Items contain file attachments or links to webpages, they may break upon import and will need to be relinked.)
- Discussion Responses – Student discussion responses in Blackboard will not be migrated to Canvas. (Instructors can archive student discussion responses from Blackboard or export student responses as a backup for reference later if needed.)
- Groups in Blackboard do not migrate well and are best recreated (Groups will be moved to the People, enrollments and settings will not be included.) It is recommend creating course Groups from scratch in Canvas.
- Weighted Grade columns in Blackboard will not import to Canvas. To weight final course grades, Assignment Groups can be used in Canvas.
- Manually created Gradebook columns in Blackboard will not import to Canvas. It is recommend to create a new “manual” Grade columns using Assignments with no submission in Canvas.
- Student Submissions in Blackboard will not migrate to Canvas. We recommend that Instructors archive student submissions or export student submissions from Blackboard as a backup for reference later if needed.)
- Wikis in Blackboard will be moved to the Pages section in Canvas. By default, a Page in Canvas does not give student’s editor rights. (For students to contribute and modify their entries on a Page, instructors will need to edit the Page and allow student editor access)
What should I review if my course content was migrated from Blackboard to Canvas?
Course Homepage – The 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?
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?
The Canvas App for iOS and Android as well as the SpeedGrader app for the iOS Tablet only. Instructors & Course Facilitators:
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)