Helping You Prepare for Canvas (June 9, 2021)

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Communication: Helping You Prepare for Canvas

AOI email dated June 9, 2021

Subject: Helping you prepare for Canvas

Dear Faculty,

As you know, WSU access to Blackboard will expire on August 21, 2021. All Blackboard courses will need to be transitioned to Canvas this summer. Course content that has not been migrated to Canvas will no longer be accessible after August 21, 2021.

So if you haven’t transitioned your course yet, it’s time to get started. Beginning your course migration early will help make for a smooth transition. Here are some resources to help you. Please note: Migrating Global Campus courses is a separate process.

AOI Canvas Training

Attend an AOI Canvas Training. These live training sessions will get you started with everything you need to know about Canvas. Check out the training schedule on the Learning Innovations website for dates and times. Find recorded trainings here. Note: If you are receiving an error code, please email to get you added to the system.

Canvas Demo Course Space

Check out a Canvas Demo Course to see the Canvas Campus-Based Template in action. You can experience the course space as a student does and take a test, access discussions, look over groups, see announcements, and much more.

Request a Canvas Sandbox

A sandbox is an empty course shell assigned to you that allows you to test the various features and integrations of Canvas before diving into your class course space. Use the sandbox request form to get started.

Import the Canvas Template for Campus-Based Credit Courses

If you don’t want to start from a blank Canvas shell, you can import our Canvas Campus-Based Credit Template. This template includes customized menu items for your syllabus and course schedule as well as sample modules and a helpful resource on the homepage that guides students through navigating Canvas. Watch this quick tutorial on how to import the template to your Canvas sandbox or course space.

Course Migration – AOI Help

For assistance with migrating your existing Blackboard course content to Canvas, follow these steps:

  1. Contact your department course scheduler or campus course scheduler to create (in myWSU) your Canvas course for Fall 2021.
    • If your course is not offered in Fall 2021, but you would still like to migrate, please create a sandbox to house the content.
  2. Email to request course migration.
    • Include in your email, the Blackboard Course ID and the destination Canvas ID.

Start early to avoid the rush! Course migrations can take up to two weeks.

Course Migration – On Your Own

Visit Transferring a Course from Blackboard to Canvas in the WSU Knowledge Base for step-by-step instructions on how to migrate content from Blackboard to Canvas.

Note: These instructions do not cover Global Campus courses.

Canvas Integrations

Check out the third-party integrations that are either already integrated into Canvas, in process for approval, or scheduled for Canvas integration in Fall 2021. If you would like to request a new Canvas integration, complete the appropriate request form at Canvas Integration and Feature Requests. AOI offers training on Zoom, Panopto, Perusall and VoiceThread – check out the training schedule.

WSU Knowledge Base

For Canvas tutorials, visit the WSU Knowledge Base. These tutorials include links to helpful videos and resources on almost any Canvas topic. The tutorials are WSU specific, and include all integrations and elements available to WSU instructors.

Additional Resources

These periodic communications provide timely and helpful information. Check them often.

Instructor Support

If you have questions about course design or need technical assistance with Canvas, refer to AOI’s Instructor Support page for on-demand support.


Christie Kittle, M.S. ( she/her )
Lead Instructional Designer – Supervisor
Academic Outreach & Innovation (AOI)Global CampusLearning Innovations
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