Before You Migrate Courses From Blackboard to Canvas

Learner II
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Our school is in the process of migrating from Blackboard Canvas. We started about a year ago and we learned a lot. I'd like to share a guide we created. It's written from an instructor's point of view and its purpose is to help instructors, designers, and admins get an idea of what migration from Blackboard to Canvas entails.

Here's an overview:

Blackboard and Canvas are very different systems. Some items make sense to import from one system to another and some will not work at all. Some of the workflows you're used to in Blackboard don't exist in Canvas at this time and that's OK because there are feasible alternatives.

The guide walks you through the following process: Evaluate your blackboard course, determine which items to migrate over and how, execute the migration, resolve issues that occurred as a result of the migration.

There's way too much nuance to fit into a blog post. So the guide is hosted as an external resource located at the link below. I made it generic so that it can apply to almost any Blackboard and Canvas environment. I hope that you find that it has some value, and saves some time and effort. 

Blackboard to Canvas Migration Guide

Also please feel free to share feedback, suggestions, questions, and corrections if you found anything different in your own experiences. 

-Ben

FYI To append this post (I'll add these to the module at a later time) 7/16/2019:

  • If you were using Grade Schema (for letter grades) in Bb, those will need to be recreated in Canvas. They do not transfer over.
8 Comments
Instructure
Instructure

The link does not seem to be functioning.

Community Member

Thanks for sharing your insights here benjamin.rodriguez8@touro.edu The link to your report doesn't seem to work though. Would be great to have a read and see what the process was like for you.

Cheers

Shegufa

Learner II

Hi janiesolinski-ruddy‌,

Thanks for your post! ...and sorry it's taken me so long to see it. You helped me to realize that I had some account issues over at AWS that have since been resolved.

Learner II

Hi shegufa.zahedi@uts.edu.au‌,

Thanks for your post! ...and sorry it's taken me so long to see it. You helped me to realize that I had some account issues over at AWS that have since been resolved.

Surveyor

Marvelous guide, Ben. Thank you. One additional question - what's the authoring tool you used to create this wonderful user experience?

Thanks,

Larry

Learner II

Hi lbouthillier‌,

Thank you. Smiley Happy That was created using Articulate Rise. It's a really good cloud based rapid eLearning development tool.

-Ben 

Learner II

This is great - thanks for sharing, benjamin.rodriguez8@touro.edu!

Learner II

No prob! Smiley Happy

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