Step 1: Request your personal Course Migration Report

The Course Migration Report lists the Blackboard content used in your site, and tips for migrating and organizing it in Canvas. This report will also indicate Blackboard sites that should migrate to Canvas with few issues, and ones that will require significant attention. This report will help you plan the best approach to migrating to Canvas. 

To request your Migration report:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the REQUEST COURSE MIGRATION REPORT button on the front page


Step 2: Request your Canvas site

Go to and scroll to the REQUEST COURSE SITES section of the page. Click the CANVAS SITE REQUEST button in that section.


Login with your PawPrint ID and password. If your class is not displaying in the dropdown menu on this form, then you are not listed as the instructor for the class in the MyZou Schedule of Courses. You will need to work with the person in your department who schedules classes before you can complete this form.

In the online form, choose whether you want an empty Canvas site, or one that contains content from one of your Blackboard sites.

Step 3: Use Migrated Content or Recreate?

Review your site to determine if you want to work with the migrated materials, delete and rebuild certain sections, or if starting from a blank Canvas course shell is the best option.

Which content imports well?

Content that imports into Canvas well may be content that you choose to keep and simply edit. These areas include:

  • Announcements
  • Course files
  • Learning Modules
  • Discussion board forums
  • Quizzes and most question types
  • Quizzes and test banks from publishers
  • Assignments (except SafeAssignments. These will have to be recreated.)  

Which content imports but requires some cleanup?

Content that will import into Canvas but will require more work are:

  • Blackboard Glossary
  • Blackboard Content items with text descriptions
  • Blackboard Audio and Video content items
  • Blackboard Tasks

Which content will have to be relinked?

If you have a lot of content in integrated tools, these will need to be relinked. The content is still in the inegrated tool, it just needs to be relinked in the Canvas site. 

  • Collaborate
  • Kaltura
  • Publisher tools
  • Tegrity
  • Turnitin
  • VoiceThread

Which content will need to be recreated?

This content does not import into Canvas and will have to be recreated form scratch.
  • Groups and group tools
  • Content items with text descriptions
  • Faculty Information
  • Wikis, blogs, journals

Step 4: Cleanup Files

Now that you have imported Blackboard content into Canvas, review your materials and discard content that you don't need. Files are the file manager for your course, your personal files, or your groups. Read more about Files.

  • Delete files that you are no longer using or that are duplicates. Keep in mind that you can always add content to your Files at a later date if you have the original documents.
  • Create folders and rearrange files for better organization
  • Review permissions on files

Step 5: Cleanup Announcements

Many course Announcements are specific to Blackboard and contain information that may not be consistent with Canvas. Consider starting fresh instead of editing and hiding previous announcements.

Step 6: Reorganize Modules (Blackboard Content Areas)

Pages, Modules, and Files are new terms to most Blackboard users. Pages are similar to Content Items in Blackboard; they are where you can put content and materials. Read more about Pages. Modules are similar to Content Areas in Blackboard; they allow you to organize your content. Read more about Modules

  • Review all Modules and content within the Modules
  • Rename Modules and add missing details as needed (consider adding a Page if the Title cannot contain the details)
  • Recreate content items with text descriptions as a Page. The item will import into Files, and the text description will import into Pages
  • Recreate any Modules with adaptive release criteria as Assignments (with no submission and worth zero points)
  • Recreate new Pages for any Blackboard Content Areas that do not transfer well, or at all. These include the following Blackboard Content Items:
    • Images, 
    • Audio, Video, 
    • External Links
    • Course Links

  • Rename Content Page titles (when there are duplicates)
  • Check that items which were unavailable in Blackboard are set to Unpublished (not visible to students) in Canvas

Step 7: Review links to a files or external sites

  • Rebuild Web links into Pages in Canvas (if there are text/attachments Missing) or edit to Open in a New Tab
  • Relink any missing File attachments

Step 8: Assessments and Activities

Review and Modify Discussions

  • Review and/or Modify Canvas options for each Discussion
  • Add Due Dates
  • Pin Discussion Boards into desired order


Sometimes Quizzes that are imported from Blackboard need to be saved before they work in Canvas. Even if you do not make changes to a Quiz, you need to access it in Edit mode and Save or Save and Publish. Quizzes do not appear to students or appear in the grade book unless they are Published. 

  • Review and/or Modify Canvas options for each Quiz, add Due Date 
  • Add Instructions to each Quiz
  • Remove / Delete unused Quizzes
  • Proof Questions and Modify 
    • Redesign question types that are not supported in Canvas
      • Quiz Bowl, 
      • Hotspot, 
      • Matching questions with images in the answers, 
      • rubrics attached to questions
    • Add missing feedback for: True/False, Short Answer, and Essay questions 
    • Add letters to answer choices that rely on the A, B, C, D indicators (i.e. A and C are correct)
    • Review extra credit questions and redesign if needed
    • Adjust Question Set points values (if different than 1 point each)
    • Add missing images back into questions that had images in the answers
    • Adjust File Response questions to the File Upload question type
  • Publish active quizzes to ensure their availability to students



  • Review and/or Modify Canvas options for each Survey, add Due Date
  • Add Survey instructions
  • Proofread Questions 
  • Adjust Likert questions to the Multiple Choice question type
  • Publish active surveys to ensure their availability to students


  • Review and/or Modify Canvas options for each Assignment, add Due Date
  • Remove SafeAssignments and recreate as Turnitin Assignments
  • Assignments do not appear to students or appear in the grade book unless they are Published. 

Step 9: Redesign and Rebuild

Step 10: Grading


  • Redesign and add details to rubrics as needed
  • Attach each rubric again to the matching Discussion or Assignment 

Finalize Grades (Grading scheme options are found under Assignments)


Step 11: Prepare your Site for Use

Remember that the development site is only a staging area for your course materials. If you built your site in the development site, it will need to be copied to the official Canvas site where your students are enrolled.

  • Access Student View and review the course as a student would see it.
  • When it has your stamp of approval, Publish the course!