Canvas Transition

Georgetown is in the final phase of the Canvas transition. Blackboard will no longer be available after December 31st, 2019. All faculty will need to complete their move to Canvas prior to 2020. See the Blackboard to Canvas transition FAQs below for more information. 

Timeline

Canvas Timeline


FAQ 

When will I no longer have access to Blackboard? 

Blackboard will no longer be available after December 31st, 2019. All faculty will need to complete their move to Canvas prior to 2020. However, UIS will keep full Blackboard course archives, including student material, that may be accessed by individual faculty request. 

What will happen to my course content on Blackboard after December 31st, 2019?

Through December 31, 2019, faculty can get course content out of Blackboard by downloading their course files or exporting course sites. Learn how to archive Blackboard course content and migrate Blackboard courses to Canvas. Faculty can store course content in a secure location (Georgetown Box), or they can upload content into a Canvas course site. UIS will keep full Blackboard course archives, including student material, that may be accessed by individual faculty request after December 31st, 2019.

Are my old courses in Blackboard being transferred into Canvas?

Yes, the UIS Educational Technologies team has already transferred your Blackboard course content from Summer 2014 through Spring 2016 into Canvas. By early November 2019, your Blackboard course content from the Summer 2016 through Fall 2019 semesters will also will be transferred into Canvas with a “BB-” prefix (e.g.  BB-ENGL-100-01.Fall2017) in order to avoid overwriting course content that has already been imported or created in Canvas. 

These transferred courses will not be exact duplicates of the original Blackboard courses. Blackboard course content like files, items, and announcements will migrate to Canvas; but gradebook items, student-submitted work, and peer interactions will not migrate.  More information about what does and does not migrate can be found on the Moving from Blackboard to Canvas Guide.

Can I manually migrate course content from Blackboard to Canvas?

Yes!  However not all Blackboard course content will migrate (or migrate well) into Canvas. Please see the following page for more information: Moving from Blackboard to Canvas

Where can I archive Blackboard courses that do not exist in Canvas (e.g. I want to migrate Blackboard course material from my 2010 course, but that course does not exist in Canvas)? 

Typically, we recommend migrating the most recent version of your Blackboard course(s) into the equivalent Canvas course(s). Older versions of the course can be exported or archived out of Blackboard and stored in BOX or locally on your computer. If access is needed to the older course content, you can load the old version into a Canvas Sandbox course or another course in Canvas. 

Please note that the UIS Educational Technologies team has already transferred your Blackboard course content from Summer 2014 through Spring 2016 into Canvas, and by early November 2019 will automatically migrate Blackboard course content from the Summer 2016 through Fall 2019 semesters into matching courses in Canvas. These courses will be imported into Canvas with a “BB-” prefix (e.g.  BB-ENGL-100-01.Fall2017) in order to avoid overwriting course content that has already been imported or created in Canvas. 

However, course content like files, items, and announcements will migrate to Canvas; but gradebook items, student-submitted work, and peer interactions will not migrate.  More information about what does and does not migrate can be found on the Moving from Blackboard to Canvas Guide.

How can I get additional help with migrating Blackboard content to Canvas?

Canvas’ course organization and navigation differs from Blackboard’s, and we encourage faculty to consider the options for course content migration and organization in Canvas prior to transferring any content. Faculty can get direct assistance with migration by signing up for UIS Canvas Migration Support Office Hours or requesting one-on-one migration assistance during the transition.

What alternatives to Blackboard Organization exist?

Alternatives to Blackboard Organizations depend largely on what tools and functions are being used. Use the guide here to review Blackboard tools and functions, and find the right alternative service for your Organization. 

What are the differences between Blackboard and Canvas?

Georgetown has created a feature-by-feature comparison chart for your reference. See here for the feature by feature comparison of Blackboard and Canvas.

How should I prepare to use Canvas features, and how do I get help using Canvas?

To get started, check out Georgetown's getting started videos, Canvas guides and training resources for faculty

What other training options are available for instructors or staff who wish to learn about Canvas?

Instructure (the company that makes Canvas) offers live training webinars on a regular basis.

Learn Canvas 2019 from Lynda.com provides a self-guided online introduction to the platform. To access this video tutorial you will need to sign in with your Georgetown NetID and password.

Canvas has an instructor guide containing step-by-step directions with screenshots for all common functions within the platform.

Why are we moving to Canvas?

In Summer 2016, Georgetown piloted Canvas as an alternative to Blackboard for faculty on all campuses. Since that time use of Canvas has increased significantly. In fall 2017 semester, close to 1,300 Georgetown faculty used Canvas and nearly 14,000 students had at least one course in Canvas.

In Fall 2016, a survey was sent to faculty and students who were using Canvas to better understand the use of the tool. A majority of both faculty and students who responded to the survey indicated comfort with the features of Canvas, with students indicating they would welcome Canvas in all of their courses.

In October 2017, after piloting Canvas for a full year and in an effort to adopt a more modern course management system, the Main Campus Executive Faculty voted unanimously in favor of a motion to transition the Main Campus and SFS-Q course management system service from Blackboard to Canvas.  This transition will take place over a period of two years.

The Law Center has already adopted Canvas for its course management system and the School of Medicine has started the transition to Canvas in Fall 2017.

What if I have additional questions?

We welcome your questions regarding Canvas. Please send your questions or comments to canvas-launch@georgetown.edu.