How to Move a Bb Learn Course To Canvas (Using Bb's Common Cartridge format)

Author Stanley Stephney on August 14, 2018 | Print | Bookmark


As a part of the transition to the Canvas system, you will want to pull your Blackboard course materials over into the Canvas system, but is that even possible? It is absolutely possible. This article will go over the steps for exporting a Blackboard Learn course to your computer as well as importing an exported Blackboard Learn course into your Canvas course.


Please note that the bold text indicates text that you should see on your computer screen.

Part I - Exporting your Blackboard Learn course to your computer

  1. Log in to Blackboard Learn and enter the course you wish to move over to Canvas.
  2. In the Control Panel in the lower left area of the course page, click on Packages and Utilities. The Packages and Utilities submenu will pop out below the words Packages and Utilities.
  3. Next, click on Export/Archive Course.
  4. On the Export/Archive Course page, in the gray Action Bar, click on Export Common Cartridge Package.
  5. On the Export Course page, under SELECT COMMON CARTRIDGE VERSION, you can leave the option chosen as Export as Common Cartridge 1.1.
  6. Next, under SELECT CONTENT AREA, make sure the dropdown has All Content Areas (as Folders) selected.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Submit button.
  8. At this point you'll be returned to the Export/Archive Course page and you will see a message stating that the task of exporting has been queued and that you'll be emailed when the task is complete. This task typically takes between 3 and 10 minutes to complete.
  9. Go do something else, but stay nearby! You don't want to forget about your course prep!
  10. After you've received the email confirming that the copy is complete, you can check the course's Export/Archive page, by repeating steps 1 through 3. Here on the Export/Archive page, you should now see a link to a .imscc file. Right click on the file and save the link to your computer, making sure to save it to Desktop, My Documents, or some folder that you know how to get to. Make sure to change the file name to something you'll remember as well.

You have now successfully exported your Blackboard Learn course. Now, on to putting those exported course materials into Canvas!

Part II - Importing your Blackboard Learn Course Materials into Canvas

  1. Log in to the Canvas system.
  2. In the Global Navigation on the left, click on Courses.
  3. In the side menu that pops out, click on All Courses.
  4. Next, click on the course you would like to import the exported materials into.
  5. In the target course, in the course navigation on the left, click on Settings.
  6. On the right side of the Settings page, click on the button that says Import Course Content. This will take you to the Import Content page.
  7. On the Import Content page, in the Content Type dropdown, choose Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file. Several more options will appear below.
  8. For Source, click on the Choose File button. This will open the Open dialog window.
  9. In the Open dialog window, find your exported zip file that you saved to your computer from following the steps in Part I and click on that file.
  10. Click the Open button.
  11. Leave Default Question bank as is.
  12. For Content, make sure All content is selected.
  13. For Options, make sure that there is no check in the Overwrite assessment content with matching IDs checkbox.
  14. If you'd like, you can choose to Adjust events and due dates to have Canvas automatically shift dates on your events and course activity (Assignments, Quizzes, etc.) due dates to fit the dates of the semester of your target course. Please note that choosing this option won't give you a perfect set of dates and you will most likely need to double-check the dates set by the Canvas system.
  15. Click the Import button. the screen will change a bit, and after a few moments, you'll see that Canvas is Running your course import.
    This process of importing may take several minutes. You'll want to go do something else for a bit. (So far, our team has seen this process take up to about 15 minutes).
  16. Once it's finished you'll see the word Completed on the screen. If you see any warnings or issues on the screen, you can disregard them.
  17. Now, click through the course navigation within your target course and inspect your course, checking to be certain that your course materials have been brought over.

At this point, you should see your course materials from Blackboard Learn now in your Canvas course. Some items may not transfer perfectly; feel free to edit those items as you wish.

If, for some reason, the import doesn't bring your materials over, you should try resetting the course and then trying to move your course from Blackboard Learn to Canvas using a Blackboard Learn export file format.

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