How do I import content from Bb Vista/CE, WebCT 6+ into Canvas?

Import content from an old Blackboard course when you want to use or repurpose previously created content including course settings, syllabus, assignments, modules, files, pages, and discussions. You can also import and adjust events and due dates.

Open Course

Open Course

In Global Navigation, in the Courses & Groups drop-down menu [1], click the course title [2] of the course where you would like to import content.

Open Settings

Open Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

Import Content into Course

Import Content into this Course button

Click Import Content into this Course to import content.

Import Content from Blackboard

Import Content from Blackboard

In the drop-down menu, select the Blackboard Vista/CE, WebCT 6+ Course option.

Select Institution

Open the drop-down menu to select the institution you will be migrating content from.

Enter Login Credentials

In order to import the contents of your Blackboard course into your Canvas course, you will need to enter your institution login credentials in the User Login text field [1] and your password in the password text field [2]. This information will not be saved and will only be used to open the contents of your Blackboard course. Select the Retrieve list of courses for this account button [3] to continue.

Select Course

Canvas will list all the courses you are enrolled in. You will need to select the course you wish to move content from by clicking the radio button [1] next to the course title.

Select Migration Content

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].

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].

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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