As the Fall term has progressed, many of members of our faculty have asked us what they should be doing to best prepare for the migration of their courses to Canvas. During the Fall, it was not yet essential that faculty do anything in preparation. Now, however, the Canvas system is set up and it is a good time for all faculty to begin preparing their Blackboard courses for the transition by doing some Spring (Term) Cleaning.
As course shells are used and re-used over terms, they can begin to get a bit cluttered with materials that may no longer be needed or that may not be well-organized. This content does not need to come over to Canvas, and may make your transition more difficult. So, as we begin to migrate course content from Blackboard to Canvas, there are a few things you can do to prepare your content by ensuring that it is well-organized.
Exporting Your Course:
The first step that you should take in this process is exporting your Blackboard courses, which will ensure that you have a backup of the complete course before you make any changes or delete files. You can store the packaged file on your local computer or within OneDrive through Office365.
For instructions on backing up a course, review this knowledge base article: How to export a Blackboard course
To Access OneDrive:
Clearing Out the Content Collection
Next, you can begin the clean-up! You’ll start in the area where your Blackboard course content is all stored, the often-neglected Content Collection, which can be accessed as shown below.
Once there, you can determine if completing any of the following tasks will make your course less cluttered, and more organized.
Delete Unused Files
If there are files that you no longer using in your course, delete them.
Delete Duplicate Files
If the original file exists, then the duplicate file(s) should be removed. These files generally contain keywords in their file name such as (1) or Copy.
Export Videos Store within Blackboard
All videos that have been directly uploaded into Blackboard should be exported to your local computer so that they can be re-uploaded into Arc (Canvas' new video storage system). Video files will have the following extensions: .MP4/.AVI/.FLV/.WMV/.MOV
If you have used a Kaltura MediaSpace, YouTube or similar product to simply embed the video, you will not need to move/address the video - it is not actually being stored in Bb. We will address how those videos will be migrated more thoroughly in future communications/training.