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Canvas Migration

General Information

Canvas is replacing Blackboard as the University's primary learning management system (LMS) starting Fall 2022. Training and documentation are available to help faculty learn Canvas. The Center also migrated select Blackboard course sites into Canvas (e.g., courses that are to be offered in the future). 

Fall 2022 course sites are now available in Canvas! Read further and attend training to learn about migrating content from Blackboard or starting fresh in Canvas.


Quick Links:


Access and Documentation

JHU Canvas Site:

This site not only provides access to the Canvas login page, but provides an overview of the evaluation process that led Johns Hopkins to choose Canvas along with helpful University updates and resources.

It also contains helpful documentation that the Center created in collaboration with other instructional support centers on getting started and using popular tools in Canvas:  

Training - Canvas Training Schedule

Training is available in several formats and arenas. Descriptions of training sessions:

Canvas Overview: A general introduction to Canvas, including an overview of the basic tools and features available. We will cover: logging in, navigational menus, course settings, adding and organizing content, creating and grading assignments, and more.
Canvas Café: Less structured setting where we answer your Canvas questions. No registration required.
Grading in Canvas: An overview of the Canvas gradebook including gradebook settings, using Speedgrader, and weighting grades.

Recorded Training:

Canvas Overview Session (0:57 minutes)

This recorded session provides a general overview of the basic tools and features in Canavs; it also highlights several differences between Canvas and Blackboard.
Recorded transcript of the Canvas Overview Session (Word document)



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You can also access live and pre-recorded trainings from Canvas by logging into the JHU Canvas server (, clicking the Help button on the lower left side of the global menu and selecting "Training Services Portal." 

Migration - Blackboard Course Sites to Canvas

"What about my old Blackboard content?"

The University migrated many Blackboard course sites to staging sites in Canvas.  Login to Canvas at to see which courses have been migrated from Blackboard. Your migrated course sites will be in a special STAGING site with the course names beginning with STAGE_. To view what Blackboard course sites were migrated to Canvas:

  1. Login to Canvas:
  2. Click "Dashboard" on the left-hand Global Navigation Menu (This is also the default landing page after logging in.
  3. Scroll Down to "Unpublished Courses" to view which courses have been migrated. Migrated sites are tagged with pre-fix "STAGE_".

The University was not able to migrate all 200,000 Blackboard course sites. If you don't see a migrated course site you need, please complete this form to request one. Please note that STAGING courses will only be used to migrate content from Blackboard and to allow faculty to clean up content for the fall.  

Blackboard Access Ends on December 1, 2022

"When is the last date that I can download my Blackboard content, including student data?"

Blackboard will continue to be available until December 1, 2022. Select Blackboard course sites from the past 3 years are being automatically migrated to Canvas (e.g., courses likely to be taught again). Faculty will have an opportunity to review these sites and to request manual migrations if the automatic migration missed a course. No matter what the migration method, no student data is being moved to the Canvas platform. Faculty should consider what student data they may need after 12/1/22 (for challenges or recommendations, etc.) and take steps to archive this data. We have outlined the steps in this document.

Organizations - Moving Blackboard Organizations to Canvas

The migration also includes Blackboard Organizations - non-course sites used to manage placement exams, new student orientations, or pre-professional programs. These non-course sites are called "Communities" in Canvas. If you mange a Blackboard organization, please complete the Organization Survey Form if you haven't already. All organization leaders received an email with a list of organizations they are associated with during the spring semester. 

Timeline - Canvas Migration Project Timeline

The University launched a comprehensive review process to identify a replacement for our current version of Blackboard. Blackboard Learn is over 10 years old and will no longer be supported by the vendor after 2023. The University will begin using Canvas starting in the fall 2022 semester.

LMS Timeline with 5 phases and phase #5, Launch, is highlighted

We have completed Phase 4 of the LMS Migration Project. We are now in Phase 5 - Launch (Faculty are using Canvas in their courses).