Information Technology Services

Migrating Content from Blackboard to Canvas

Step-by-Step

Moving Materials from Blackboard to Canvas

The guide is meant to be a starting point to help you export your materials in a self-help method. If you run into any issues at all, please do not hesitate to contact edtech@darmouth.edu.

  • Moving Files, Assignments, Discussions, Course Materials, Tests, and Surveys.
  • Creating the Archive in Blackboard
  • Importing and Selecting Items to Import Into Canvas
  • Methods to Export Specific Items from Blackboard
  • Files in the Content Collection
  • Downloading Student Grade History as a CSV

Moving Files, Assignments, Discussions, Course Materials, Tests, and Surveys.

This procedure describes moving the procedure for moving the following items from Blackboard to Canvas:

  • files (both inside and outside of the content collection)
  • course activities and assessments (Discussion Boards, Assignments, Tests and Surveys in bulk).
  • announcements
  • course content and materials.
  • grade center history (in Blackboard’s format, see below for CSV downloads).

Because of differences between how Canvas and Blackboard organize content you won’t get an exact equivalent of your Blackboard course when you archive it. We strongly recommend being selective about what you choose to import when you bring the archive into Canvas (you can bring over some items in the package and not others).

Creating the Archive in Blackboard

What’s an archive?

The archive is the packages that contains all of the information from your Blackboard course. This includes both files and instructions. This is accessible from Blackboard’s Export/Archive Page.

Procedure
  1. As an instructor inside of your course, go to Control Panel > Packages and Utilities > on the left side of the screen and click Export/Archive Course.
  2. Click Archive Course on the Action Bar
  3. On the Archive Course page, do the following:
    1. Select the option to Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory under Course Files Default Directory.
    2. Select the option to Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory under Files Outside of the Course Default Directory.
    3. Click Calculate Size to ensure that the package size does not exceed the displayed Allowed package size (To remove files and folders from the package, click Manage Package Contents).
    4. Click Submit.
  4. After clicking submit, you should receive a success notification. This may take up to several minutes to complete. Please navigate away from the page.
  5. After a few moments, you should get an email (in your Dartmouth email) notifying you that an archive was created. Navigate back to the Export/Archive Course page (the previous page you were on) and click the name of the archive package to download it as a .zip file. Be sure to note where you save it.

Selecting Items to Import Into Canvas

Based on the items contained in your course, the archive packages everything in a Blackboard format. This can be used in any other Blackboard environments and in Canvas. Not all items have an exact equivalent in Canvas, these are the items that you can choose to bring over into Canvas using the import process:

  • Quizzes and Tests (as Quizzes in Canvas)
  • Items, Pages, and Files stored in Content Folders (as Pages within Modules)
  • Files in the Content Collection (as Files in Canvas)
  • Discussion Board Forum Topics (as Discussion Topics in Canvas)
  • Assignments (as Assignments in Canvas)

You can select each of these requested items upon importing into the course.

In your Canvas course, navigate to Settings (on the bottom left) > and click Import Content into this Course.

  1. To import your Blackboard archive package, do the following: select your package and options, do the following:
    1. For content type, select Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file.
    2. For the source, click Choose File and find the archive package you downloaded from Blackboard.
    3. Click Select Specific Content to pick what content you would like to import.
    4. Under options, choose whether you would like to Overwrite assessment content with matching ID’s (allows you to replace duplicate questions) and Adjust events and due dates (allows you to alter due dates you created in Blackboard).
    5. If you selected to Adjust events and due dates, select the option to either remove dates or shift dates.
    6. Click Import to begin the import process.
  2. Upon selecting to import, Canvas will upload and process the archive package. Once that has happened, you will be given an opportunity to Select Content. Click this option to proceed.
  3. Next, you will select the content to import from the package. To do so, do the following:
    1. Select (by checking) only the content you would like imported. You can select by category, or expand to select individual items by clicking the drop-down arrow on the left.
    2. Then click Select Content to complete the selection process.
  4. While the process is running, you will see Running on the far right. Once the process has completed, you will see Completed appear. Note: This can take several minutes depending on the size of the package.

Methods to Export Specific Items from Blackboard

The procedures below describe moving specific content out of Blackboard. These are specific items of interest that users have requested, but are not included in the traditional archive package. This includes the items contained in the Content Collection and Grade History in spreadsheet format.

Files in the Content Collection

  1. In your Blackboard course, click on the (a) Content Collection, (b) then your Course Name in the bottom left corner.
  2. Initially, you will only see a set number of file items listed based on paging settings. Click Show All on the bottom right to reveal all of your files in the Content Collection for your course.
  3. Either select all by (a) clicking the checkbox selector in the heading row or (b) select the checkbox next to each file you would like to download.
  4. Click Download Package to create the file export package for your course.

Downloading Student Grade History as a CSV

  1. In your Blackboard course, navigate to the Grade Center on the bottom left.
  2. On the action bar, point to Reports and select View Grade History.
  3. On the Grade History page, click Download.
  4. Select the Comma for the Delimiter Type for the file. Select Yes to Include Comments or No to exclude them from the download. Click Submit.
  5. Click Download to save the file to your computer

Saving Announcements or text typed directly into Blackboard

Announcements or text typed directly into Blackboard are not stored as files so they cannot be exported. To save this information you can select the text and copy and paste it into a new Word document.

Details

Moving Materials from Blackboard to Canvas

The guide is meant to be a starting point to help you export your materials in a self-help method. If you run into any issues at all, please do not hesitate to contact edtech@darmouth.edu.

  • Moving Files, Assignments, Discussions, Course Materials, Tests, and Surveys.
  • Creating the Archive in Blackboard
  • Importing and Selecting Items to Import Into Canvas
  • Methods to Export Specific Items from Blackboard
  • Files in the Content Collection
  • Downloading Student Grade History as a CSV

Moving Files, Assignments, Discussions, Course Materials, Tests, and Surveys.

This procedure describes moving the procedure for moving the following items from Blackboard to Canvas:

  • files (both inside and outside of the content collection)
  • course activities and assessments (Discussion Boards, Assignments, Tests and Surveys in bulk).
  • announcements
  • course content and materials.
  • grade center history (in Blackboard’s format, see below for CSV downloads).

Because of differences between how Canvas and Blackboard organize content you won’t get an exact equivalent of your Blackboard course when you archive it. We strongly recommend being selective about what you choose to import when you bring the archive into Canvas (you can bring over some items in the package and not others).

Note: We recommend the use of archive rather than export. This captures more of the content in older courses.

These instructions have been adapted from Blackboard’s help article on Exporting and Archiving Courses.

Creating the Archive in Blackboard

What’s an archive?

The archive is the packages that contains all of the information from your Blackboard course. This includes both files and instructions. This is accessible from Blackboard’s Export/Archive Page.

Procedure
  1. As an instructor inside of your course, go to Control Panel > Packages and Utilities > on the left side of the screen and click Export/Archive Course.
  2. Click Archive Course on the Action Bar
  3. On the Archive Course page, do the following:
    1. Select the option to Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory under Course Files Default Directory.
    2. Select the option to Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory under Files Outside of the Course Default Directory.
    3. Click Calculate Size to ensure that the package size does not exceed the displayed Allowed package size (To remove files and folders from the package, click Manage Package Contents).
    4. Click Submit.

  4. After clicking submit, you should receive a success notification. This may take up to several minutes to complete. Please navigate away from the page.
  5. After a few moments, you should get an email (in your Dartmouth email) notifying you that an archive was created. Navigate back to the Export/Archive Course page (the previous page you were on) and click the name of the archive package to download it as a .zip file. Be sure to note where you save it.

Selecting Items to Import Into Canvas

Based on the items contained in your course, the archive packages everything in a Blackboard format. This can be used in any other Blackboard environments and in Canvas. Not all items have an exact equivalent in Canvas, these are the items that you can choose to bring over into Canvas using the import process:

  • Quizzes and Tests (as Quizzes in Canvas)
  • Items, Pages, and Files stored in Content Folders (as Pages within Modules)
  • Files in the Content Collection (as Files in Canvas)
  • Discussion Board Forum Topics (as Discussion Topics in Canvas)
  • Assignments (as Assignments in Canvas)

You can select each of these requested items upon importing into the course.

Disclaimer: In some cases, there are known issues with how information is brought over. This can include: items stored in several folder levels deep, attached files on Blackboard items, and other cases. In these cases, please contact the EdTech team for additional support.

This has been adapted from this Canvas Help Guide: http://guides.instructure.com/m/4152/l/82272-how-do-i-import-content-from-blackboard-6-7-8-9-into-canvas

    1. In your Canvas course, navigate to Settings (on the bottom left) > and click Import Content into this Course.
    2. To import your Blackboard archive package, do the following: select your package and options, do the following:
      1. For content type, select Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file.
      2. For the source, click Choose File and find the archive package you downloaded from Blackboard.
      3. Click Select Specific Content to pick what content you would like to import.
      4. Under options, choose whether you would like to Overwrite assessment content with matching ID’s (allows you to replace duplicate questions) and Adjust events and due dates (allows you to alter due dates you created in Blackboard).
      5. If you selected to Adjust events and due dates, select the option to either remove dates or shift dates.
      6. Click Import to begin the import process.

    1. Upon selecting to import, Canvas will upload and process the archive package. Once that has happened, you will be given an opportunity to Select Content. Click this option to proceed.
    2. Next, you will select the content to import from the package. To do so, do the following:
      1. Select (by checking) only the content you would like imported. You can select by category, or expand to select individual items by clicking the drop-down arrow on the left.
      2. Then click Select Content to complete the selection process.

  1. While the process is running, you will see Running on the far right. Once the process has completed, you will see Completed appear. Note: This can take several minutes depending on the size of the package.

Methods to Export Specific Items from Blackboard

The procedures below describe moving specific content out of Blackboard. These are specific items of interest that users have requested, but are not included in the traditional archive package. This includes the items contained in the Content Collection and Grade History in spreadsheet format.

Files in the Content Collection

  1. In your Blackboard course, click on the (a) Content Collection, (b) then your Course Name in the bottom left corner.
  2. Initially, you will only see a set number of file items listed based on paging settings. Click Show All on the bottom right to reveal all of your files in the Content Collection for your course.
  3. Either select all by (a) clicking the checkbox selector in the heading row or (b) select the checkbox next to each file you would like to download.
  4. Click Download Package to create the file export package for your course.

Note: This will download all of your selected files in a single .zip package. This can be imported into Canvas with this procedure documented in this Canvas Help Guide: http://guides.instructure.com/m/4152/l/41385-how-do-i-import-zip-files.

Downloading Student Grade History as a CSV

  1. In your Blackboard course, navigate to the Grade Center on the bottom left.
  2. On the action bar, point to Reports and select View Grade History.
  3. On the Grade History page, click Download.
  4. Select the Comma for the Delimiter Type for the file. Select Yes to Include Comments or No to exclude them from the download. Click Submit.
  5. Click Download to save the file to your computer.

Saving Announcements or text typed directly into Blackboard

Announcements or text typed directly into Blackboard are not stored as files so they cannot be exported. To save this information you can select the text and copy and paste it into a new Word document.

Topic: 
Academic Technology Services
Subtopic: 
Canvas
Last updated: 
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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