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Canvas - Migrating Course Content from Chalk (Instructor)

This article explains how to migrate course content from Chalk to Canvas.

You can migrate content from your Chalk courses into Canvas. We recommend you export course documents and tests/surveys separately. Rebuild other content directly in Canvas because:

  • Chalk does not export content consistently, making it difficult to find.
  • Content imported into Canvas is distributed in a messy fashion that takes more time to fix than rebuild from scratch.
  • Exports can fail for numerous, sometimes indiscernible reasons, including if files total to more than 2GB, individual files are larger than 500MB, groups are created.
  • Even if you import content, you still have to update links to files and content and make a good number of other adjustments because Chalk and Canvas organize materials differently.

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Course Files

1. Download Files

  1. Go to your course in Chalk.
  2. Click on the link under Files on the left navigation.
    Click the link under Files.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the list of files, click the Show All button
    . Click Show All.

  4. Select the files you want to download and click the Download Package button at the top.
    Click Download Package.

  5. Download the .zip file
    tip Tip: Download your files in batches if they total to more then 2GB or if individual files are larger than 500MB.

2. Upload to Canvas

  1. Go to your course in Canvas.
  2. Go to Files on the left navigation.
  3. Drop the file to the right panel or click the maroon Upload button at the top right to add the zip file from Chalk.
  4. Choose Expand It for Canvas to unzip the folder.

Tip Tip: Library Course Reserves works the same way in Chalk and Canvas. Look for the Library Reserves link on the left./p>

3. Link in Modules

  1. Go to Modules on the left navigation.
    Tip Tip: Modules are like folders in Chalk. They contain links to materials for students.
  2. Click the maroon +Modules button at the top right to add a topic.
    Click +Modules

  3. Within a module, click the + sign to add an item.
    Click +
Tip Tip: You must publish an item or module before students can view them. To publish an item, click on the grey cloud (unpublished) Gray cloud to turn it green (published)Green cloud.

Tip Tip: See the “Ways to Organize Your Course” tipsheet for ideas./p>

Tests, Quizzes, & Surveys

1. Download Tests

  1. Go to your course in Chalk. If you have Groups in your course, you must delete all your Groups, otherwise, the export/import will fail.
  2. On the left navigation, under Packages and Utilities, click Export/Archive Course.
    Click Export/Archive Course

  3. On the Export/Archive Course page, select Export Package.
    Select Export Package

  4. On the Export Course page, under Select Course Materials section, select Test, Surveys, and Pools.
    Select Tests, Surveys, and Pools

    Tip Tip: Leave the other items unselected. Export/Import may fail if the files are too big. Or the import may become too messy.

  5. Click the blue Submit button at the bottom of the page.
    Click Submit
  6. Look for the Green success bar at the top. You will receive an email when the file is ready for download. It may take up to 1 hour for the zip file to be ready, depending on the size of your quizzes.

2. Upload to Canvas

  1. Go to your course in Canvas.
  2. Go to Settings on the left navigation.
  3. On the right, select Import Content into this Course. If your window is small, look for the button at the bottom of your screen.
    Select Import Content into this Course

  4. On the Import Content page, select Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file as Content Type.
    Select Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file

  5. For Source, choose the test export file you downloaded from Chalk.
  6. Choose or create the appropriate Default Question bank into which you want the tests be imported into.
  7. Choose the desired options under Content and Options.
  8. You can observe the import status under Current Jobs. After the import is completed, you can locate your tests under Quizzes.
    Tip Tip: If your import fails, try exporting again, be sure you have deleted all Groups. Live Chat or call Canvas 24/7 hotline at 844-334-6803 for help.

Tip Tip: What if Canvas import keeps failing? If your import keeps failing, you can use Respondus to export/ import your quizzes. Instructions at

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Keywords:blackboard, migration, lms   Doc ID:67409
Owner:Cecilia L.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2016-09-30 15:25 CDTUpdated:2016-11-28 12:33 CDT
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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