Blackboard Content to Canvas

Moving content from Blackboard to Canvas requires three steps. 

Step 1 – Download and/or Export your content from Blackboard.

    1. There are two options for downloading depending on the timelines. Courses from Fall 2021, Winter 2022, and Spring 2022 have already been exported and saved to the MyLoyalist area. See Accessing and Saving Blackboard Content tab below. 
    2.  For courses that were taught prior to Fall 2021 and/or any templates see Exporting and Saving Content tab below 

Step 2 – Find or create a course in Canvas. 

    1. If the course shell for your live course is available you can import it directly into that course. See Importing Blackboard Content to Canvas tab below. 
    2. If you would prefer to create a template for your course, see Creating a Template in Canvas

Step 3 – Importing Blackboard Content to Canvas 

    1. Once you have found or created the shell for your course or template you will need to import the Blackboard content into the course. See Importing Blackboard Content to Canvas tab below.

IT Services had already exported Blackboard courses from the Fall 2021, Winter 2022 and Spring 2022 terms. These export files have been saved to the Access Network Files area on the MyLoyalist Portal. These files will only be available on your portal if you were the lead instructor on these specific courses during those terms. 

Access Network Files on the MyLoyalist Portal

The following video walks through the steps to accessing and saving the zip files for future use in Canvas. 

If you require content from courses in Blackboard that you taught prior to Fall 2021, or you want to export any course templates you will be required to go into the specific course and export the zip files. 

The following video walks through the various steps required to export and save courses currently in Blackboard.  

Not all content types are compatible between Blackboard and Canvas. The following lists some of the things to consider when you are exporting content from Blackboard. 

Item  Experience Recommendation
Rubrics Not fully usable after import

Canvas forces a decreasing order; Blackboard often did the opposite.

Save as PDF (CourseTools/Rubric/Options/Open/Print), Create in Canvas from scratch (copy and paste into cells)
Folders/Content Collection Canvas converts Nested Folders into Modules, and it gets very messy and disorganized Don’t Import Folders

Create modules and add the content using OneDrive or directly after importing/creating your course





Canvas doesn’t use these exact tools. Deselect all for import and do the following

Blogs: Use discussions instead

Glossary: Create a page in Canvas

Journals: Rebuild as assignments

Wikis: Use options such as Canvas pages, MS365 Live Documents, OneNote etc.

Discussions These import well but need to be adjusted to allow for grading. Change discussion to gradable after import
Safe Assign SafeAssign is owned by BlackBoard and will no longer be available. Copy Leaks is the new plagiarism tool in Canvas
TechSmith Knowmia We will be leaving TechSmith Knowmia and be moving to Canvas Studio We will be migrating all of your content from Knowmia to Studio. No action is currently required until the migration has been completed.
Unused Grading Categories Unused categories will create gradebook column and possibly errors Check using Grade Center/Full Grade Center/Manage/Categories

Do not include these when importing to prevent extra



Matching with Icons

These question types do not import directly into Canvas Equations -Take the Canvas Live Course to explore how to build equations

Attend CATL the Quizzes Session for Hotspot and Matching options.


Group Assignments

Peer Review Assignments

Do not migrate Recreate in Canvas

The following video walks through the steps for creating a course template in Canvas. Once you have the template created you can move to Importing Blackboard Content into Canvas. 

Process 1/Method 1: Downloading from Access Network Files

Use this method for retrieving a zip file copy of your fall 2021 or winter 2022 course. These courses have been prepackaged for you to make the importing process more efficient.

For course templates, organizations, PQA areas, or older courses, please refer to Method 2.


  1. Go to My Loyalist/Access Network Files/Course Exports and select Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 zip file of the course you would like to download.
  2. Download the course into a new folder on your computer where you would like to save all your downloaded Blackboard courses.

Process 1/Method 2: Downloading directly from Blackboard

Use this method for retrieving a zip file copy of course templates, organizations, PQA areas, or older courses.

Note: For programs that have Learning Outcomes built into Blackboard and mapped to assignments, alternative processes will likely be required. Please contact CATL to arrange for a time to work with you.


  1. Go to MyLoyalist/Blackboard and select the course templates, organization, PQA area, or older course you would like to download
  2. Go to Packages and Utilities in the Course Menu/Course Management area
  3. Select Export/Archive Courses
  4. Select Export Package Note: DO NOT select Course Common Cartridge Package – It will cause stability issues in Blackboard
  5. For Course Files Default Directory – Select Copy links and include copies option
  6. For Outside of the Course Default Directory – Select Copy links and include copies of the files… option (You may need to calculate size if your course package is over 1Gb max allowable download size. If it is larger than 1 Gb, you can manage your contents and download in separate batches. Contact CATL for Assistance with this) (For programs that have Learning Outcomes built into Blackboard and mapped to assignments, alternative processes will likely be required. Please contact CATL to arrange for a time to work with you.)
  7. Under Select Course Materials, choose Select All (We advise downloading all your content in case you need something you did not select later. You will select what you want to upload into Canvas later)
  8. Select Submit 
  9. Wait a few minutes and then select Refresh. (If you need to do something else while waiting, you will receive an email notification through your Loyalist email when the file has been processed)
  10. Click on the zip file to begin the download.
  11. Download the course into a new folder on your computer where you would like to save all your downloaded Blackboard courses.
  12. Important! Delete the course copy file from the Export/Archive of Blackboard as leaving the copies will negatively impact our Blackboard functionality.

Process 2 – Locating the related course in Canvas

Find the course in Canvas that you would like to upload your Blackboard content into.

Log into Canvas through the MyLoyalist Portal


  1. Choose the course
    1. Choose the same Fall 2021 course from your Canvas Dashboard or Courses area as the BB content you downloaded from MyLoyalist Portal, or
    2. For courses other than Fall 2021 or Winter 2022, from your Canvas Dashboard, select Start a New Course for the bottom of the right menu panel
    3. NOTE: As mentioned in Getting Started, you may wish to develop a course structure prior to uploading your course content. Once you have your structure, save it as a separate course.

Process 3 – Importing your content into Canvas


  1. Once inside your course, go to Settings at the bottom of the left panel
  2. Select Import Course Content from the right panel, (to import your course structure, go to 2a., if not skip to 3)
    1. If you want to import a Course Structure from a previously created course, under Import Content/Content Type select Canvas Course, and select the appropriate course.
  3. Under Import Content/Content Type select Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file
  4. Then for Source click the Choose File and go to where you save your BB course .zip file
  5. Default Question Bank? – Adding questions to an existing question bank
  6. For “Content” we recommend “Select specific content”
  7. For Options,
    1. leave “Overwrite assessment content with matching IDs” blank
    2. Select Adjust Events and Due Dates if you would like to shift the due dates automatically in your course.
  8. Select Import
  9. Once processed, you can select the content you would like to import by clicking on the arrows beside the name and selecting the content. When you have finished selecting your content, click the Select Content button on the bottom right.
  10. Explore your course content, arrange it as you would like, and enjoy!