Canvas Transition

As announced in November 2017, Georgetown's Main Campus and SFS-Q are moving from Blackboard to Canvas.

The transition to Canvas for the Main Campus and SFS-Q will take place over the course of two years, during which time Blackboard will continue to be available. During the spring and summer 2018 semesters, faculty will have access to their courses in both Blackboard and Canvas. Beginning in the Fall 2018 semester, Blackboard courses will be available by request only using the Faculty Course Site Request Form. After the 2019 Fall semester, Blackboard will no longer be available.

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

Timeline

Canvas transition timeline

FAQ

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.

When will I no longer have access to Blackboard?

The transition to Canvas for the Main Campus and SFS-Q will take place over the course of two years, during which time Blackboard will continue to be available. During the spring and summer 2018 semesters, faculty will have access to both Blackboard and Canvas. Beginning in the Fall 2018 semester, courses will only automatically be provisioned in Canvas; Blackboard course sites will be created by request only (click here for the form).  By December 31, 2019, all faculty will need to complete the move to Canvas and Blackboard will no longer be available.

What will happen to my course content on Blackboard?

Faculty will have access to their Blackboard course content until December 31, 2019. 

Through December 31, 2019, faculty can get content out of Blackboard by downloading their course files or exporting course sites. 

Faculty can store course content in a secure location (Georgetown Box), or they can upload content into a Canvas course site.

See Moving from Blackboard to Canvas for archiving and migrating instructions.

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.

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

To get started, check out getting started and training resources for faculty. In addition, Canvas Days, a series of presentations and workshops, is offered for faculty and staff each Fall and Spring semester.

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. To access these sessions, you must first create a free training account.

Learn Canvas 2017 from Lynda.com provides a self-guided online introduction to the platform. To access this video tutorial, sign in to Lynda.com 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.

What if I have additional questions?

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