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Canvas Migration

General Information

Canvas will replace Blackboard as the University's primary learning management system (LMS) starting in 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 semester course sites will be created in late June by IT@JH.


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.



Week of May 30  (45-minute trainings)

Week of June 6  (45-minute trainings)

Week of June 13  (45-minute trainings)

  • Monday, June 13, noon  – My Course was migrated to Canvas...Now what?  – Mary
  • Wednesday, June 15, 10am  – Canvas Cafe Open Office Hours  – Mary
  • Thursday, June 16, 3pm  – Canvas Cafe Open Office Hours – Brian  CTEI  - MSEL Garrett Conference Room

Week of June 20  (45-minute trainings)

Week of June 27  (45-minute trainings)


Week of July 11  (45-minute trainings)

  • July 12, 11am – Canvas Cafe Open Office Hours– Allon - MSEL Garrett Conference Room
  • More to come!

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 Scroll Down to "Unpublished Courses" to view which courses have been migrated.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.  

Fall Semester - The Canvas Courses you will teach with

"When will my fall semester Canvas site be ready?"

IT@JH usually creates fall semester course sites in early summer. You will receive an email when the OFFICIAL Fall 2022 courses are ready in Canvas with instructions for copying content from STAGING courses to OFFICIAL courses.  

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 #4, Selection, is highlighted

We are currently in Phase 4 of the LMS Migration Project. In this phase:

  • A small early-adopter group of instructors are piloting Canvas in their course this spring. This group as well as their students will be surveyed about their experience and feedback will be used to improve the application.
  • Faculty gained access (starting on April 1st - no joke!) to the Canvas server: Please complete this form to request any Blackboard sites not migrated that you would like migrated. Fall 2022 course sites will be available in early summer. 
  • 3rd Party integrations will be set up in anticipation for the Fall semester launch.