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Dear Colleagues,

We are currently considering a migration from Bb to Canvas and I am looking for a migration plan (from those who walked this path before us). I know that Maryland is in the process of moving and there may be other schools considering the move. We ran very successful pilots with Canvas … and instructors as students take to it like … (insert appropriate metaphor here).

Thanks in advance,





Ulrich Rauch, Ph.D.

Professor, The Learning Centre (TLC@UTT)

University of Trinidad and Tobago

O’Meara Industrial Park

Arima, Trinidad, WI

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My main recommendation is to provide your faculty and instructional technology staff with ample time and resources for getting familiar with the new LMS environment and for moving their class materials to the new system.
A smooth and successful LMS migration can easily take six to 18 months, depending on the size of your campus, and independent of how good of a job the new LMS does at importing your old LMS course sites. I hear Instructors Canvas has recently improved its Blackboard importing tool.
Check with schools like Maricopa Community Colleges and Samuel Merritt University who were Blackboard schools that are on their tail end of their migration to Canvas. University of Central Florida announced this July that they will be migrating from Blackboard Vista to Canvas, so they are just starting.
The LMS evaluation process by faculty and students typically takes another six months to a year.
--- Ed Garay
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