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Adding Content to Your Canvas Course

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Adding Content to Your Canvas Course

Before you manually migrate your course, click on Courses on the Global Navigation Menu (the left-hand bar at and click “All Courses” to see whether your course has been automatically migrated for you. If your course needs to be migrated manually, then take the following steps:

  1. Navigate to your Blackboard course

  2. Under the Course Management menu, select Export/Archive course

  3. Select Export Package

  4. Select the content you’d like to export to Canvas

  5. Click Submit at the bottom of the page

  6. Blackboard will create your Export Package. This process can take up to several minutes to complete, depending on how large your course is. Blackboard will send you an email when the process is complete, or you can impatiently refresh the page until the Export Package shows up.

  7. Download your Export Package. Do not unzip the file.

  8. Navigate to your Canvas shell

  9. Select Settings on the Course Navigation Menu

  10. Select Import Content into this Course (located on the right-hand side of the page)

  11. Select Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file from the drop-down menu

  12. Use your computer’s navigation to select the appropriate file from your Downloads menu

  13. Select which content you’d like to import

  14. Determine whether you’d like to overwrite assessments and adjust due dates

  15. Click Import and let Canvas do the rest

Unfortunately, the following items do not transfer from Blackboard to Canvas:

  • Adaptive release settings

  • Rubrics

  • Feedback on test questions

  • Achievement badges

  • Respondus Lockdown Browser settings

  • Turnitin

  • VoiceThread

  • Campus Pack

  • Wikis

  • Blogs

  • Journals

  • Podcasts

  • Textbook publisher content: Cengage, McGraw Hill connect/campus, Macmillan, Pearson, WileyPlus

  • Webassign

Canvas and Blackboard are set up differently, and the transition from one LMS to another isn’t always seamless. We will be offering several training sessions on “Cleaning up” your Canvas courses. For information about Clemson Online training opportunities, visit

Navigate to the course to which you would like to add content. Click Settings from the course menu, and then select Import Content into this Course on the right-hand side of the page. For Content Type, select Copy a Canvas Course, then search for the relevant course. Once you’ve located it, select whether to migrate all content or only select content. You can also elect to have Canvas adjust events and due dates. Once you’ve made your selections, click Import. For more information on copying courses, visit

Yes, and the limit is the same. Each course has 500MB of space available. In addition, each user receives 50MB of space. If there’s a resource or file you use in every course, consider adding it to your personal files. Doing so will not only help save space, but it will also prevent you from having to upload a file multiple times. Because space is limited, it’s a good idea to embed videos. For more information on doing so, visit

DropBox is currently integrated with Canvas; Clemson’s instance of Box and OneDrive integration is coming soon. You can link your Google Drive to Canvas under “Settings.” For more information on connecting your Google Drive to Canvas, visit

Adding Content to Your Canvas Course