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Transitioning to Canvas

Boise State is transitioning to Canvas, a new Learning Management System (LMS). Canvas is robust and easy-to-use, and is replacing Blackboard LMS. This transition will be complete by Fall 2021.

Working Toward a Seamless Transition

Learning Technology Solutions, eCampus Center, Center for Teaching and Learning, and other campus partners are working together to ensure our transition from Blackboard to Canvas is as seamless as possible.

This page provides faculty, staff and students with learning opportunities, resources, and what you can expect when all courses are moved to Canvas.

Migration Timeline

Fall 2020

LTS is reaching out to select programs about transitioning their course to Canvas for scheduled soft launch in Spring 2021.

Spring 2021

Time to start thinking about migrating to Canvas! No need to panic, there is still plenty of time. Attend a Canvas Overview Webinar, request a sandbox site, and check out our “Growing With Canvas” self-paced course (see below).

Summer 2021

Soft launch for select courses and programs.

Fall 2021

All Boise State courses migrated to Canvas.

View Our Training Calendar

Training Opportunities and Resources

Want a Canvas Sandbox?

Request a Canvas Sandbox to get familiar with the new LMS by browsing to middleware.boisestate.edu. Select Create a Sandbox at the top of the page.

Canvas Overview Webinar

Register for and attend one of our many scheduled Canvas Overview Webinars. Our Training Calendar is continually updated; be sure to check for additional upcoming training offerings!

“Growing With Canvas” Self-Paced Instruction

Check out our “Growing With Canvas” self-paced teacher training course.

Transition and Migration Planning

We are reaching out to individual departments to arrange a transition and migration plan, so there is no need to worry if you are not ready to tackle all this new stuff right away. We are happy to walk you through the change when the time comes!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Canvas?

Students and faculty want it

In 2019, as a response to two years of data from faculty surveys, a shifting market share in the LMS space, and support issues with Boise State’s version of Blackboard, Learning Technology Solutions, eCampus Center, and faculty representing each academic college began investigating alternatives.

After a lengthy review that included a Spring 2020 pilot, usability testing, and other feedback from the Boise State community, the university decided to move to Canvas. With a modern, user-centric design and easy to use features, Canvas satisfies many of the concerns faculty and students have expressed about Blackboard Learn.

The State of Idaho is funding it

The Idaho State Board of Education has agreed to fund Canvas for all state higher education institutions.

How Will I Migrate My Course Content?

We'll reach out to you, but you can start becoming familiar with Canvas now

Learning Technology Solutions is reaching out to individual departments to arrange a transition and migration plan.

You can get familiar with Canvas at any time by requesting a sandbox course environment, attending a Canvas Overview Webinar, and learning through our self-paced “Growing With Canvas” teacher training course (see “Training Opportunities and Resources” above).

Contact Us

Please contact Learning Technology Solutions for more information about Boise State’s migration to Canvas at LTS@boisestate.edu.