Migrate to Canvas

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Move Content from iLearn to Canvas

XCITE is supporting the migration of your iLearn/Blackboard courses to Canvas.  Banner will be creating live course shells in both iLearn and Canvas for the remainder of the academic year.  For Canvas though, there is a need to “publish” the courses in order to have students view it.

Although course shells are created automatically none of the past year’s course content is being migrated automatically.  Faculty have two options for migrating course data from iLearn to Canvas.

We are limiting the migration service to the latest iteration of the course.

Please fill out this Canvas Migration Form and an Instructional Continuity Consultant (ICC) will follow up with you once your content has been successfully migrated. Migrations will have a 30 minute follow up meeting via Zoom. If you need more than five courses migrated to Canvas, please submit a new form with the additional courses.

For more information on the migration process, and a post migration checklist, please see the following google doc.

Instructors are responsible for ensuring that the course content they would like to keep is downloaded and uploaded to Canvas or stored on a personal drive. This content includes exams, PDFs, etc.

Should I start from scratch? Or should I copy my content over from iLearn? It may seem like an obvious answer, but not so fast!

Depending on the complexity of your existing iLearn course, you may end up spending as much time reorganizing copied content as you would if you were to start from scratch. XCITE consultants can help you decide – Indicate your preference on the Canvas Migration Form.

Export Your Course

Exporting your course from iLearn and importing it to Canvas can be a quick way to move some of your course materials. Most content in Blackboard has a 1:1 complementary tool in Canvas. This compatibility means that most content will copy to Canvas in a way that yields a similar course structure (or functionality) to your course in Blackboard.

  1. Log into iLearn and open the course you want to export.
  2. In the course, locate the Control Panel on the left navigation menu under Course Management.
  3. Select Packages and Utilities.
  4. Select Export/Archive Course.
  5. You will see a message stating, "No package exists for this course." If packages exist, delete them.
  6. At the top of the Export/Archive course page, select Export Package.
  7. From the Export/Archive Course page:
    •  If you are copying from a previously deployed course, choose "Files Directory - Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory" and "Files Outside of the Course Default Directory - Copy only links to files stored outside of the course default directory."
    • If you are copying from a Master or Template course, choose "Course Files Directory - Copy only links to course to default directory files" and "Files Outside of the Course Default Directory - Copy only links to files stored outside of the course default directory."
  8. Select Calculate Size. If your course size is greater than 500mb, you will have to select "manage package contents," removing all large files. Instructors have access to unlimited storage in both YuJa and Google Drive. Large media files will need to be uploaded and shared using Yuja. While YuJa can also host document formats, we recommend that large document files, such as PowerPoints and PDFs, be shared using Google Drive.
  9. Select the Course Materials you want to move to Canvas by clicking the checkmarks next to each type of content OR choose Select ALL to copy all course content. 
  10. Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

Blackboard will prepare a downloadable file (.zip) of your course contents. This process can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, but you can leave the page and revisit it when the process is done. You will receive an email when the file is ready. Refresh the page and you will see a link.

11. Click the link to download the file to your computer (do not unzip the file).

Import Your Zip File into Canvas

  1. Navigate to Canvas and sign in with your UCR NetID and password. Open the course to which you’d like to import the content, and on the left navigation menu in your course, select Settings.
  2. On the right-hand side of the Settings screen, select Import Existing Content.
  3. On the Import Content page, select the Content Type drop-down menu. Select Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file.
  4. Select the Choose File button and upload the Blackboard .zip file you exported (in Steps 6-10) from Blackboard.
  5. Select All Content or Select specific content to choose want to import from the Blackboard course.
  6. Click the Import button.

The import process will now begin. Don’t exit the browser window until it is complete (if possible). You will likely see some “errors” on the import page, which you can ignore. Congratulations! You’ve imported a course from Blackboard into Canvas.

Reorganize your course using template pages.

After importing a course, take time to visit the different areas of your Canvas course to make sure items Canvas imported them correctly. Check the Assignments, Quizzes, and Grades areas. Your content will almost certainly need reorganizing after an import.

The main view for a Canvas course is “Modules,” which typically displays the course chronologically in “weeks” or “units.” In other words, it is a clickable course schedule, making it easy for students to navigate. If you had set up your iLearn course by content area (i.e., assignments, readings, etc), this is the perfect time to reorganize. If you don’t want to start with a blank slate, import our template pages.

If you have any questions about the import process, please contact XCITE.

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