How do I import content from Common Cartridge or Blackboard 6/7/8/9 into Canvas?

You can import prior content from Common Cartridge or Blackboard 6/7/8/9 exports into Canvas.

Note: The steps in this lesson are the same for importing a Blackboard or a Common Cartridge file. The only difference is to select the applicable file type in the drop-down menu. This lesson shows how to import a Blackboard file.

Open Settings

Open Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

Import Content into Course

Import Content into this Course button

Click the Import Content into this Course button.

Select Content Type

Import Content from Blackboard

In the Content Type drop-down menu, select the Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file option, or select the Common Cartridge 1.x Package option, depending on what is applicable to you.

Choose File

Choose File

Click the Choose File button.

Open File

Locate .zip file

Find and click the Blackboard or Common Cartridge .zip file you want to import [1]. Click the Open button [2].

Select Question Bank

Select Question Bank

In the Default Question bank drop-down menu, select the Question bank you want to use for your question bank from Blackboard or Common Cartridge.

Create Question Bank

Create Question Bank

If you do not have a question bank you want to use, you can create a new question bank. In the drop-down menu, select the Create new question bank option.

Select Migration Content

Select Course

To import all content from the course, select the All Content radio button [1].

If you want to select specific content, click the Select specific content radio button [2].

Note: If you select the specific content option, you are required to select the content you want to import after you review the remaining page options. After you start importing the content, the import selection cannot be canceled.  

Overwrite Assessment Content

Select Course

To overwrite the assessment content with matching IDs, click the Overwrite assessment content with match IDs checkbox.

Some systems recycle their IDs for each new export. Therefore, if you export two separate question banks they will have the same IDs. To prevent losing assessment data Canvas treats the question banks as separate objects despite the IDs. Choosing this option will disable this safety feature and allow assessment data to overwrite existing data with the same IDs.

Adjust Events and Due Dates

Select Course

If you want to adjust the due dates associated with the course events and assignments, click the Adjust events and due dates checkbox.

Import Course

Import Course

Click the Import button.

View Current Jobs

The Current Jobs section displays the status of your import. Running reports display a menu bar with the time remaining to complete the import [1].

If you chose to select specific content in your course, the current job will show as Waiting for Select [2], which means you must select the content you want to import.

The import may also display other status indicators as part of the import process. Learn more about course import statuses.

View the content from any completed imports by accessing any link in Course Navigation.