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Migration – Blackboard to Canvas Instructions

This page will explain how to import a Blackboard Export Package into Canvas.


Depending on the complexity of your course content structure, you may have to do some content reorganization. This is a good opportunity to re-evaluate your course structure.

If you need further assistance, please contact the Office of Instructional Design and schedule a consultation.

Export Blackboard Course Content

  1. Go to the Blackboard site and select the course that you would like to migrate.
  2. From the Control Panel to the left, select Packages and Utilities.
  3. Click on Export/Archive Course, then select Export Package.
  4. Select All or Select specific content by checking the boxes next to the items (e.g. check all content areas, discussion boards, tests, etc.)
  5. Click on Submit (An email notification will be sent to you once the Blackboard export package is ready for you to download.)
  6. After receiving the email: From the Control Panel to the left, select Package and Utilities.
  7. Click on the export zip file link to download it to your computer.

Import Course Content Into Canvas

  1. Log into Canvas with your NetID and password.
  2. Go to your Sandbox Site. (Request a Sandbox Here)
  3. Click Settings on the left-hand navigation menu.
  4. Click Import Content into this Course on the right-hand navigation menu.
  5. Click the Select One dropdown box.
  6. Select the Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file option.
  7. Click the Browse button to navigate to the location where you stored your exported Blackboard course files.
  8. Select the exported Blackboard course file you want to upload and click Open.
  9. Select the radio button option for All content.
  10. Click the Import button to begin importing your course files to Canvas.
  11. When the importing of your course files is complete, you will see a notification in the “Import Content” area that your import job has been completed. You will also see an error log notifying you of any issues encountered during the import.

At this point you are done. Your Blackboard course content has been imported into Canvas! You will want to explore your new Canvas course, and ensure that your content is organized and displayed as you want students to see it.

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