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Moving from Blackboard to Canvas

Get ready for the move from Blackboard to Canvas!

Canvas for Faculty

Through open, usable, cloud-based technologies, Canvas enables easy integration of the content, tools, and services that faculty need and students want. Not surprisingly, listening to users about their needs and wants—then rolling out the most usable, customizable, adaptable, and reliable learning platform (think 99.9% uptime)—makes all the difference when it comes to campus-wide LMS adoption. That’s why Canvas is adopted faster and deeper (or, is used in more ways by more users) than any other LMS. So, in the end, investing in 21st century technology for higher education actually makes teaching and learning easier.

Migration Options

Your courses are getting a brand new ‘home’! This is a good time to decide if you want to pack up and move all your ‘stuff’ from your old house (Blackboard), or if you want to do some spring cleaning and start fresh in your new space!


Option 1 – Copy your course from Blackboard

Friday, March 8, 2019 is the deadline to identify courses for migration. You must copy them into your migration shells for them to be moved to Canvas by the deadline.  

Most, but not all, of the content you are currently using in the course will be copied into Canvas. While this may seem to be the easiest route, be prepared to do extensive clean-up after the upload into Canvas is complete. The content will not be organized or displayed as it was in Blackboard. It may take longer to locate and reorganize the imported content than if you started fresh and recreated the course in Canvas.


Option 2 – Make a fresh start and create your course in Canvas.

This is the recommended approach! With this approach, you create content and activities in the native Canvas environment. This option is a great way to evaluate and freshen up your course content, organize your materials based on best practices, and take full advantage of all the native tools that Canvas has to offer!

In the long run, building a Canvas course from the ground up may be the best and easiest route for most people.

Still can’t decide? Feel free to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if I want to build my Canvas courses from scratch (Fresh Start Option)?
How do I prepare and copy my courses into my Blackboard migration shells?
How can I get help copying my courses in the Blackboard migration shells?

Canvas Resources for Faculty

Canvas Guides

Canvas maintains an archive of high-quality and detailed how-to guides in several formats. We encourage you to explore them!

Get the Guides
Canvas Community

With over 300,000 members, the Canvas Community is where everyone interested in the Canvas learning management system can access helpful resources.

Visit the Canvas Community
Canvas Fast Track Videos

The "Canvas FastTrack Video Series" is a quick video guide to help instructors utilize the tools in Canvas to increase student engagement!

Get Started with the Fast Track Videos
Canvas Teacher App

The Canvas Teacher App allows teachers to facilitate their courses on the go, both inside and outside the classroom. 

Stay Connected with the Teacher App
Canvas Tarleton Guides

Tarleton Canvas Guides include cheat sheets and tutorials on the Tarleton specific installation of Canvas.

Migration Considerations

Canvas Lingo

Quick Start Guide