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Import Course into Canvas

​​​​H​ow do I import content from Blackboard into Canvas?

​1. In course Navigation, click the Settings link.

Canvas Menu with Settings option highlighted.

2. Click the Import Course Content link

Canvas menu with the Import Course Content highlighted.

3. In the Content Type drop-down menu, select the Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file option.

Canvas Import Content Section with the content type option displayed.

4. Click the Choose File button

Canvas Import Content Section with the content type option displayed and Choose File highlighted.

5. Find and click the Blackboard .zip file you want to import [1]. Click the Open button [2].

A file explorer listing possible file options witht he file highlighted.

6. In the Default Question bank drop-down menu, select the Question bank tou want to use for you question bank from Blackboard.

Default Question bank menu with select question bank highlighted.

7. If you do not have a question bank you want to use, you can create a new question bank. In the drop-down menu, select the Create new question bank option.

Default Question bank menu with create new question bank highlighted.

8. To import all content from the course,​ click the All Content button [1]. If you want to select specific content, click the Select specific content button [2].

Content option with all content listed as 1, and Select specific content listed as 2.

Note: If you select the specific content​ option, you are required to select the content you want to import after you review the remaining page options. After you start importing the content, the import selection cannot be canceled.

9. To overwrite the assessment content with matching IDs, click the Overwrite assessment content with match IDs checkbox.

Options with overwrite assessment content with matching IDs highlighted.

Some systems recycle their IDs for each new export. Therefore, if you export two separate question banks they will have the same IDs. To prevent losing assessment data Canvas treats the question banks as separate objects despite the IDs. Choosing this option will disable this safety feature and allow assessment data to overwrite existing data with the same IDs.

10. If you want to adjust the due dates​ associated wth the course events and assignments, click the Adjust events and due dates checkbox.

Options with adjust events and due dates highlighted.

11. When importing content, a message displays explaining that importing the same course content or export package more than once overwrites any existing content in the course.

An errpr message stating "Importing the same course content more than once will overwrite any existing content in the course.

12. Click the Import button [1]. A progress indicator displays the upload status by percentage [2].

An uploading status bar with import listed as 1, and uploading percentage listed as 2.

13. The Current Jobs section displays the status of your import. Running reports display a progress bar indicating the time remaining to complete the import [1].

If you chose to select specific content in you course, the current job will show as Waiting for Select [2], which means you must select the content you want to import​.

Current jobs status bar with a progress bar listed as 1, and a waiting for select option listed as 2. 

The import may also display other status indicators as part of the import process. Learn more about course import statuses​.

View the content from any completed imports by accessing any link in Course Navigation.

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