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Export a Blackboard Course and Import to Canvas

Export Blackboard course sites when you need to move course content items into Canvas.
This process will create a zip file of your Blackboard course site that can contain announcements, assignments, tests, files, discussion forums, and more. Be prepared to do an extensive clean-up in your Canvas course after importing the zip file. We recommend you first review the section below: What Blackboard content items will import and where will they appear in Canvas? 
Things to note:
  • Do NOT use the Safari browser for this process.
  • Do NOT unzip or delete items from zip file, as then the contents will not import correctly.
  • Student submissions and activity will be excluded from the zip file.

Instructions to export a Blackboard course and import to Canvas:

  1. Login to Blackboard using your Georgetown University NetID and password.

  2. Navigate to the course site where the course content is located. Locate the gray Course Management control panel, expand the Packages and Utilities section, and click Export/Archive CourseControl Panel > Packages and Utilities > Export/Archive Course
    Blackboard course menuBlackboard course menu export

  3. On the Export/Archive Course page, click Export Package on the Action Bar.
    export page

  4. On the Export Course page, scroll down to Select Course Materials, and click the boxes next to each item you wish to include in the export zip file. 
    Note: Not all course content on this list will import into Canvas. Please reference the section below on Where does Blackboard course content appear in Canvas?

  5. Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

  6. Wait for the zip file to be processed. An email is sent to your Georgetown email as soon as the system has created the zip file. Either refresh the page or repeat steps 1 and 2 to reload the course Export/Archive page.

  7. Click the zip file name (blue link) to download and save the file on your computer (typically in your Downloads folder).
    Note: The zip file will be named: ExportFile_[YOUR COURSE ID].zip
    download blackboard course zip file

  8. To import the Blackboard course zip file into Canvas, Login to Canvas using your Georgetown University NetID and password.

  9. Navigate to the Canvas course where you want to import the Blackboard course zip file.

  10. Click the Settings button located at the bottom of the course menu, and follow these Canvas instructions to complete the import process

What Blackboard content items will import and where will they appear in Canvas?

How do I get help?

For help archiving and migrating your Blackboard content: