UNT transitioning from Blackboard to Canvas

Nov. 28, 2017

Beginning in Spring 2018, UNT will implement a new Learning Management System (LMS) and continue to transition courses from Blackboard to Canvas.

Encouraged by the successful implementations of the Canvas LMS at the UNT Health Science Center and the UNT Dallas College of Law, a group of UNT faculty members participated in a Canvas pilot in Spring 2017. Faculty and student feedback from the pilot was overwhelmingly positive, so UNT is proceeding with the transition to Canvas as the university-wide LMS.

The phased migration of courses from Blackboard to Canvas is scheduled as follows:

  • Fall 2017: UNT began migrating courses from Blackboard to Canvas in consultation with academic departments.
  • Spring 2018: Continue migrating courses and begin offering select courses in Canvas. The majority of courses will remain available in Blackboard.
  • Summer/Fall 2018: Continue migrating and offering courses in both Canvas and Blackboard.
  • Spring 2019: All courses will be offered exclusively in Canvas.

While the migration plan is designed to minimize inconvenience, some students will have to use both platforms until Spring 2019 as the transition progresses. Help desk support for students will be available for both Blackboard and Canvas starting with the Spring 2018 semester.

Transitioning to Canvas will provide a more user-friendly interface, a convenient mobile app and a "What-If" feature that enables students to see how their grades may be affected by upcoming or resubmitted assignments.

Students who enroll in courses that will be hosted in Canvas for the Spring 2018 semester will be notified when they log into the Blackboard portal at the beginning of the semester. Students should click on any classes designated as Canvas courses and log in using their EUID and password.

An online student guide for using the new learning management system will be available within Canvas. More information about the transition is available online.