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

You can import previous courses from Blackboard 6/7/8/9 exports into Canvas.

Note: The steps in this lesson are the same for importing a Common Cartridge file. The only difference is to select the Common Cartridge Package in the drop-down menu.

Open Course

Open Course

Select the course you would like to import content into by hovering over the Courses & Groups drop-down menu [1] and clicking on the course title [2].

Open Settings

Open Settings

Click the Settings course navigation link.

Import Content into Course

Import Content into this Course button

Click the Import Content into this Course button to import content.

Import Content from Blackboard

Import Content from Blackboard

In the drop-down menu, select the Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file option.

Note: The steps in this lesson are the same for importing a Common Cartridge file. The only difference is to select the Common Cartridge Package in the drop-down menu.

Choose File

Choose File

Choose the .zip file you want to import.

Locate .zip File

Locate .zip file

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

Select Question Bank

Select Question Bank

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

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.

Create Name of Question Bank

Create Name of Question Bank

Enter the name of your new Question bank in the text field.

Select Migration Content

Select Course

Click the All content radio button [1] if you want to import all of the content from the course. If you want to select specific content, click the Select specific content radio button [2].

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. You have two options to choose from: Shift dates and Remove dates.

Shift Dates: Adjust Beginning and Ending Dates

Click the calendar icon and select the beginning date of the course you are importing [1]. Select the new date you want the course to begin [2]. Then select the end date of the course you are importing [3], as well as the new date you want the course to end [4].

Note: If the course you are copying has beginning and end dates, those dates will be automatically pre-populated in the initial date fields.

Shift Dates: Create Date Substitutions

You can also explicitly define day substitutions to adjust for changing class schedules (i.e. move all assignments on Mondays to Tuesdays). To create a date substitution, click the Substitution button [1]. Use the drop-down menus [2] to select the days of the week. You can also remove Substitutions by clicking the end icon [3].

Remove Dates

Remove Dates

You can also choose to remove dates from your course.

Dates will be removed from the following features:

  • Assignments (due, availability, and peer-review dates)
  • Announcements (post delay dates)
  • Quizzes (due, availability, and show correct answers dates)
  • Calendar events (start and end dates)
  • Modules (unlock dates)

Import Course

Import Course

Click the Import button.

View Current Jobs

The Current Jobs menu will display the status of your import. Running reports will display a menu bar with the time remaining to generate the report.

You will also receive an email notification when your import is completed.

Course Completion

Import statuses include pre-processing, queued, running, completed, and failed.

  • If you imported the course and did not select specific content, Canvas will show any issues that occurred with the import. Click the issues link to view them [1].
  • If you imported the course and selected specific content, Canvas will ask you to select the content you want to import. Click the Select Content button [2].

Select Content to Import

Select Content to Import

To import all content for a content type, click the checkbox next to the content name [1]. If the content type is a group containing multiple items, Canvas will automatically select all items within the group.

To import only a few items from a content group, expand the drop-down arrow [2]  and click the specific items to be imported [3]. Canvas will place a dash in the group checkbox, indicating that only a few items are selected within the group.

If a content type should not be imported, leave the checkbox blank [4].

Select Content

Select Content

Click the Select Content button to import your content.

View Current Jobs

The Current Jobs menu will import the selected course content. Running reports will display a status bar with the time remaining to generate the report.

You will also receive an email notification when your import is completed.

View Course

The content from your Blackboard course is now organized in your Canvas course. Organize the content to fit your students' needs.

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