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1. Create Your Course in Canvas

To get started with Canvas, you'll first need to create a course. Similar to creating courses in Blackboard via the Blackboard Wizard, you'll need to create a Canvas course using the Canvas Wizard. This is a quick and easy process that will take less than 2 minutes to complete.

  1. Navigate to the Canvas Wizard.You can do this in one of two ways:
    1. Click on the Canvas Wizard button on the right of this page.
    2. Log-in to Canvas at, click on the Help button on the left of the page, and click on the Canvas Wizard link.
  2. Click on the Add courses to Canvas link.
  3. Choose the course(s) you wish to create by selecting the button under their name.
  4. Click the Add courses to Canvas button and give the page a moment to load.

That's it! You'll receive a confirmation page when your course(s) have been created. You can then click on the link provided by the Wizard to enter your course, or find it within Canvas at

A Note About Enrollments

Students will not automatically appear in your Canvas course; they will be added within 24 hours of you creating the course using the Canvas Wizard. If students add or drop the course in SIS, these changes will be reflected in your Canvas course.

Want to add someone to your course?

If you need to add a TA or co-instructor to your course, you will need to manually do so. Take a look at the this page for more information on how to do this. 

Want to combine sections of students into one Canvas site?

Check out our guide for more information on how to cross-list sections together in Canvas.

Watch our tutorial video to get your Canvas course created!

2. Add Content to Your Course

After you create your Canvas course, you have the choice of copying your content from Blackboard over to Canvas or building your course from scratch. 

If you decide to move your content from Blackboard to Canvas, you have an additional choice to make. You can either manually move your content or use the automatic Canvas Wizard tool. In essence, both of these processes are the same: they both involve making a Blackboard export then importing it into a Canvas course. This means that the way content is imported into Canvas does not differ between methods.

 When do I use this?Limitations
Manual Import If you want to use existing Blackboard content in your current Canvas course. Requires some technical knowledge (ability to save file and locate on your computer); doesn't work with Safari.
Automatic Import If you want a backup of a Blackboard course you're not currently teaching in Canvas. Requires a second step in order to use copied content in a current Canvas course.
Start from Scratch If you had a very complex file structure in Blackboard, want to start in Canvas with a clean slate, or never used Blackboard.  Requires you to have materials ready to add to Canvas already saved on your computer.

Click on the sections below to explore your options!

Check out our written steps, printed guide, and quick tutorial video in our Canvas for Instructors site.

Check out our written steps, printed guide, and quick tutorial video in our Canvas for Instructors site.

Creating your Canvas course from scratch can seem daunting, but we're here to help! Check out our 5 Step Quick Start guide and check out training opportunities to get started today!

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