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Migration describes the process of moving content from Blackboard to Canvas. The K16 process has already migrated many courses, but you are also able to manually migrate content to Canvas by following the tutorials below. Instructors will continue to have access to Blackboard until January 31, 2022.




As we migrate from Blackboard to Canvas, you may find that some of your content has not transferred as you would like it to appear. You will continue to have access to Blackboard even after Canvas has gone live for our institution, allowing you to transfer content from your blackboard course to your new Canvas course. Opening both Canvas and Blackboard simultaneously allows for easier viewing and a simpler transfer process.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to transfer content to.
  5. Keep this tab open.
  6. Open a new tab in your browser.
  7. In the new tab, Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  8. Click Blackboard Learn in the Teaching and Learning Section.
  9. Log in to your Blackboard account.
  10. Select the course you’d like to transfer content from.
    • Keep this tab open.
      • Note: You may now click between your two open tabs to switch between Blackboard and Canvas. You may also view them side-by-side by completing the following steps. 
        1. Click one of your open tabs. 
        2. Drag the open tab outside of the browser window. This will create another window.
        3. Adjust the size and position of the windows to place side-by-side, allowing for simultaneous viewing.

If you would like to manually migrate a course from Blackboard to Canvas, you’re in luck. All you need is a course in Canvas to put content in and a course in Blackboard with content to move. The steps below will walk through how to export a course as a zip file from Blackboard and import that zip file to Canvas to set up your new course.

Directions:

Follow the instructions in the “Open Blackboard and Canvas Simultaneously” tutorial to open Blackboard and Canvas. Both can be accessed from MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub; you will log in with your MSU credentials.

 

Export a Course from Blackboard

  1. Open the course you’d like to export.
  2. Scroll until you see the Course Management panel on the left.
  3. Click Packages and Utilities.
  4. Click Export/Archive Course.
  5. Click Export Package.
  6. Click Select Allor click the checkboxes next to specific items to select only the items you want.
  7. Click Submit. Do not leave the page!
    • Note: Blackboard will automatically email you when the export is complete. However, you can usually simply wait a few minutes and then refresh the page and your export file (.zip) will appear.
  8. Click on the Export File Name (blue link) that appears. This will download the file to your computer.
    • Note: You may be prompted to “Save File” and select a location to download the file to on your computer.
    • Note: Do not open the file once it saves! Leave it as a .zip file and move to the next part of this tutorial.

 

Import a Blackboard Course File to a Canvas Course

  1. Open the Canvascourse where you’d like to import the file from Blackboard.
  2. Click Settings on the course navigation menu to the left in your Canvas course.
  3. Click the Import Course Content button on the right.
  4. Click the Content Type drop-down menu.
  5. Select Blackboard Export 6/7/8/9 export .zip file.
  6. Click Browse.
  7. Select the .zip file you downloaded from Blackboard.
  8. Click Open.
  9. Click the radio button next to Select Specific Content.
  10. Select options, such as Adjust due dates, as necessary.
  11. Click Import.
  12. Click Select Content next to the Blackboard Learn job under Current Jobs.
    • Check boxes for the following course elements:
      • Modules (choose specific modules you actually want; things like wikis, blogs, journals, and achievements don’t transfer; virtual meetings info is outdated; Academic Research has been restructured. These are all examples of modules that do not need to be copied over.)
      • Assignments
      • Quizzes
      • Question Banks 
      • Discussion Topics
      • Pages
      • Announcements
      • Rubrics
      • Groups
      • Files
    • Note: Now is as good a time as any to go through your pages and files and only import what you actually want/need. This will make the import run quicker and start you off in a cleaner, leaner course on Canvas.
  13. Click Select Content in the lower right to begin running the import.
  14. Check out the Post-Migration Guide course for tips on how to clean-up your course from here!

While files, assessments, and assignments must be exported from Blackboard and re-uploaded to your new Canvas course, transferring text based content is as easy as copy/pasting. Text and hyperlinks will copy appropriately, however, keep in mind that any uploaded media will need to be reattached in Canvas’ Rich Text Editor.

Directions:

 

  1. Log into Canvas
    1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
    2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
    3. Log in to your Canvas account.
    4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  2. Follow the instructions in the “Open Blackboard and Canvas Simultaneously” tutorial.

Copy the Content from Blackboard

  1. Open the course you would like to copy content from. 
  2. Click units in the course navigation menu on the left side.
  3. Locate the item you would like to copy.
  4. Highlight the text you wish to copy.
  5. Right Click highlighted text.
  6. Click Copy
    • Note: You may also use keyboard shortcuts to copy content, CTRL+C on Windows and Command+C on Macs.

Add the Content to Canvas

  1. Open the course you would like to move content to. 
  2. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  3. Scroll to the Module you’d like to add a group assignment to.
  4. Click the + (Plus) button next to the name of the Module.
  5. Select Page from the drop down menu.
  6. Click [New Page].
  7. Enter a title in the Page Name input box.
  8. Click Add Item.
  9. Click the name of the page you created in the module.
  10. Click Edit.
  11. Right Click the larger input box.
  12. Click Paste.
    • Note: This input box is known as the Rich Content Editor. In addition to the text you copied from your old course, you can add media, links, tables, and more. For more information see the “Create a Page in Canvas” tutorial. 
  13. Finish Applying all options. 
  14. Click Save. 

During the migration process, it is possible that some of your files got left behind in your Blackboard course. Luckily, the process of retrieving those files from Blackboard and adding them to your new course is not too difficult.

Tip: Keep in mind, Canvas works the best when you make the most of the built-in Pages, so for word documents and other non-copyrighted files, consider copying and pasting the information into a Canvas Page. This will also save you some storage space for more important files in your Canvas Files.

Tip: Video files can take up a lot of space in your Files and will not have captions unless you are using a streaming platform like YuJa. If you have files of videos you’ve recorded, consider uploading them to YuJa and embedding them in their appropriate course locations.

Directions:

 

  1. Log in to Canvas.
    1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
    2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
    3. Log in to your Canvas account.
    4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  2. Follow the instructions in the “Open Blackboard and Canvas Simultaneously” tutorial.

Download the File from Blackboard

  1. Open the course you’d like to download files from.
  2. Scroll until you see the Course Management panel on the left.
  3. Click Content Collection.
  4. Click the specific course content link under Content Collection.
    • This link will have the Course ID and Title for this specific course.
    • Do not click the content with your username, All Courses Content, All Organizations content, or Institution Content.
  5. Locate the file(s) in the Content Collection.
  6. Click the checkbox next to the file(s) to select it/them.
  7. Click Download Package at the top or bottom of the file list.
  8. Click Save File if prompted.
    • If you are not prompted, the file will usually download straight to your Downloads folder on your computer. If you are prompted, you may need to pick a specific location for the file on your computer.

A .zip file will now be downloaded to your computer. In the next section, you will learn how to upload this .zip file to Canvas and extract the files into the Canvas course.

 

Upload the File to Canvas

  1. Open the course where you want to upload files.
  2. Click Files on the course menu to the left.
  3. Click Upload.
  4. Locate the .zip file you downloaded from Blackboard.
  5. Click Open.
  6. Click Expand It to tell the system to extract the file(s) from the zip file upon upload.
  7. Place the file(s) in the appropriate location(s) in your course (view the tutorial “Use the Rich Content Editor” to learn about inserting files on pages, quizzes, discussions, and more!).

Directions:

 

  1. Log in to Canvas.
    1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
    2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
    3. Log in to your Canvas account.
    4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  2. Follow the instructions in the “Open Blackboard and Canvas Simultaneously” tutorial to open Blackboard.

 

Download a Single Assessment from Blackboard

  1. Open the course you’d like to download files from in Blackboard.
  2. Scroll until you see the Course Management panel on the left.
  3. Click on the Control Panel.
  4. Click Course Tools.
  5. Click Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  6. Select Tests.
  7. Locate the name of the test you wish to export.
  8. Click the small arrow next to the name of the test.
  9. Select Export.
  10. Follow the prompts to save the test to your computer as a .zip file.

 

OR: Bulk Download Multiple Assessments from Blackboard

  1. Open the course you’d like to download files from in Blackboard.
  2. Scroll until you see the Course Management panel on the left.
  3. Click on Packages and Utilities.
  4. Click on Export/Archive Course.
  5. Click on Export Package.
  6. Select Assessments, Grade Center, andTests, Surveys, and Pools under the Select Course Materials list.
  7. Click Submit.
    • Note: Blackboard will automatically email you when the export is complete. However, you can usually simply wait a few minutes and then refresh the page. Your export file (.zip) will then appear.
  8. Click on the Export File Name (blue link) that appears. This will download the file to your computer.

 

Upload Assessment(s) to Canvas

  1. Click Settings on the course navigation menu to the left in your Canvas course.
  2. Click the Import Course Content button on the right.
  3. Click the Content Type drop-down menu.
  4. Select Blackboard Export 6/7/8/9 export .zip file.
  5. Click Choose File.
  6. Select the .zip file you downloaded from Blackboard.
  7. Click Open.
  8. Select All Content.
  9. Click Import.
  10. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  11. Scroll to the Module you’d like to add the assessment to.
  12. Click the + (Plus) icon to the right of the Module title.
  13. Select Quiz from the drop-down menu.
    • Note: Pools are uploaded as Question Banks, not Quizzes (see the “Create and Use a Question Bank” tutorial for more information).
  14. Click the name of the file you just uploaded.
  15. Click Add Item.
  16. Click and drag on the six-dot icon to the left of the quiz’s name to reorder it as needed.
  17. Click on the name of the file you just uploaded.
  18. Review the quiz.
  19. Edit the quiz as needed (see the “Edit an Existing Quiz” tutorial for more information).

During the migration process, it is possible that some of your assignments got left behind in your Blackboard course. Luckily, the process of retrieving those assignments from Blackboard and adding them to your new course is not too difficult.

Directions:

 

  1. Log in to Canvas.
    1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
    2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
    3. Log in to your Canvas account.
    4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  2. Follow the instructions in the “Open Blackboard and Canvas Simultaneously” tutorial to open Blackboard.

Export Assignments from Blackboard

  1. Open the course you’d like to get assignments from.
  2. Scroll until you see the Course Management panel on the left.
  3. Click Packages and Utilities.
  4. Click Export/Archive Course.
  5. Click Export Package.
  6. Select Assignments and Grade Center under the Select Course Materials list.
    • Note: If your assignments have already created rubrics, select Rubrics from the Course Materials list as well. You will then need to attach the Rubrics to the assignment later; see the Attach Rubrics to Assignments tutorial.
  7. Click Submit. Do not leave the page!
    • Note: Blackboard will automatically email you when the export is complete. However, you can usually simply wait a few minutes and then refresh the page and your export file (.zip) will appear.
  8. Click on the Export File Name (blue link) that appears. This will download the file to your computer.
    1. Note: You may be prompted to “Save File” and select a location to download the file to on your computer.

Import Assignments into Canvas

  1. Click Settings on the course navigation menu to the left in your Canvas course.
  2. Click the Import Course Content button on the right.
  3. Click the Content Type drop-down menu.
  4. Select Blackboard Export 6/7/8/9 export .zip file.
  5. Click Choose File.
  6. Select the .zip file you downloaded from Blackboard.
  7. Click Open.
  8. Select All Content.
  9. Click Import.
  10. Click Assignments from the left navigation menu.
    • Note: You’ll see a lot of Assignment Groups were automatically created, some of which will not contain anything; this is normal. 
  11. Click the three dots to the right of an empty Assignment Group 
  12. Select Delete to delete the empty group.

Make Assignments Available to Students

  1. Click Modules on the course menu to the left.
    • You will see a module here containing all of the assignments you just imported.
    • Note: If you do not see a module with your assignments, or not all of your assignments are here, use the instructions from the “Add Content to Modules” tutorial to add your assignments to the appropriate modules. 
  2. Move each assignment to the correct module. (SeeAdd, move, edit, & delete modules tutorial for more information.)
    • Ensure that the assignments are “published” (have a green checkmark to the right) in order for students to see them in the module.
  3. Click on the three dots at the right of the now empty Assignment module.
  4. Select Delete to delete the empty module.

There may be times when you can’t use the “Copy a Canvas Course” feature to import your course content. Most commonly, this occurs when you want to copy a course that you are not an instructor in. You can always ask to be added as an instructor to the course in order to import the content using “Copy a Canvas Course”. However, you may choose to transfer the content by exporting the original course and importing it to the new course instead. The steps below will walk you through this process.

Directions:

 

Export a Canvas Course

  1. Open the Canvas course that you’d like to export.
  2. Click Settings on the course navigation menu to the left in your Canvas course.
  3. Click the Export Course Content button on the right.
  4. Select Course
  5. Click Create Export
  6. Click the name of the export (Probably “New Export”, though older ones will be called “Course Export from…”)
    • Note: You may be prompted to “Save File” and select a location to download the file to on your computer.
    • Note: Do not open the file once it saves! Leave it as a .imscc file and move to the next part of this tutorial.

 

Import a Canvas Export File to a Canvas Course

  1. Open the Canvascourse where you’d like to import the file.
  2. Click Settings on the course navigation menu to the left in your Canvas course.
  3. Click the Import Course Content button on the right.
  4. Click the Content-Type drop-down menu.
  5. Select Common Cartridge 1.x Package
  6. Click Browse.
  7. Select the .imscc file you downloaded from Blackboard.
  8. Click Open.
  9. Click the radio button next to Select Specific Content.
  10. Select options, such as Adjust due dates, as necessary.
  11. Click Import.
  12. Click Select Content next to the Canvas Common Cartridge job under Current Jobs.
    • Check boxes for the following course elements:
      • Modules 
        • If listed, deselect the Course Information Module and Sample Module to avoid importing duplicates. If you put information in these modules, copy and paste them to your new course post-import
      • Assignments
      • Quizzes
      • Question Banks 
      • Discussion Topics
      • (Optional) External Tools
        • Note: Click the drop-down next to this item and review what you would like to import. If nothing, leave it unchecked. Do Not select YuJa and Report an Accessibility issue as this will duplicate these tools in the new course with broken links.
      • Announcements
      • Rubrics
      • Groups
    • Click Select Content in the lower right to begin running the import.

Check out the Post-Import Checklist for tips on how to clean-up your course from here!



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