DIT Announced Plan for Migration from Blackboard to Canvas

To ensure a smooth transition from Blackboard to Canvas, the Learning Technologies staff in the Division of Information Technology is working with Canvas to move your course content from the past two years in which they were taught to the new system. This process will be done in phases.
The first phase will move content from courses taught in the Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Winter 2012, and Spring 2012 terms. The second phase will move content from all organizational and non-term spaces. The third will move content from courses taught in the Summer 2011 and Summer 2012 terms. The final phase will move course content from courses taught in the Fall 2010, Fall 2011, and Fall 2012 terms.
For each phase, dedicated support will be available to assist affected faculty members with rebuilding their course spaces in Canvas. All faculty members may, however, choose to move course content themselves at any time after October 15, 2012 and will be able to receive support from Learning Technologies.


See below for the timeline to move course content from Blackboard to Canvas.

Content from

Content available in Canvas by…

Dedicated Support

Winter and Spring 2011 and 2012 spaces


October 2012 through January 2013

Organizations and Non-Term Spaces


November 2012 through January 2013

Summer 2011 and 2012 spaces


January through March 2013

Fall 2010, 2011, and 2012 spaces


March through August 2013


You will get an email notification once your course content has been moved to Canvas.

Please note: this process will only move your course content and assessments. You will still need to rebuild the course structure. Below is a list of various resources and support available to help you rebuild your space in Canvas during this process.

  • Help sessions
  • Canvas training workshops (starting in November)
  • How-To webinars
  • How-To documentation and video tutorials
  • Demonstration sessions in your college or department meetings

Please contact us at nextgenelms@umd.edu with any questions or concerns. We look forward to working with you in the transition to Canvas.


Learning Technologies, Division of IT
Your Campus Resource for Online Teaching and Learning

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