The experience in the Quercus is greatly simplified from the Portal, and it typically does not help to bring the previous complexity into Quercus. This could be an opportunity to build anew in Quercus, but there are ways to import content.
Creating a new site in Quercus
Content can be added to empty course shells by instructors in a number of ways, but a good place to start is to simply start adding items in the Modules tool or reviewing the Canvas Instructor Guide. Instructors should have an Archive of their course kept safely for their records, as outlined below, but instructors do not need to use this as a starting point in Quercus.
Creating and Importing a Blackboard Portal Archive
Instructors with access to a course in Portal and Quercus can:
- In your Blackboard Portal site Go to the Control Panel.
- Click Packages and Utilities, Export/Archive Course, and then select Archive Course.
- Select Include Grade Center History.
- Under File Attachments
- In Course Files Default Directory, select Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory.
- In Files Outside of the Course Files Default Directory, select Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory.
- Click Submit.
- When the archive has completed you will receive an email message, or you can remain on the page and click the “Refresh” button until you see a link appear.
- A link to download a .zip file of your archived course content will be available. Click this link to download the file to your computer, do not unzip it. Keep this archive file someplace safe and secure.
- Navigate to your Quercus at https://q.utoronto.ca
- Enter your empty course shell.
- In Course Navigation, click the Settings link then click the Import Course Content link.
- In the Content Type drop-down menu, select the Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file.
- Click the Choose File button and then find the Blackboard Archive(.zip file) that you downloaded in the step 6.
- In the Default Question bank drop-down menu, select the Question bank you want to use for your question bank from Blackboard. If you do not have a question bank you want to use, you can select the Create new question bank option.
- Select the Content strategy by clicking the Select specific content radio button so that you are prompted to choose which content to import later in the process.
- Click the Import button and wait for the import to beginThe current job will show as Waiting for Select. When it is ready you can select the content you want to import by clicking Select Content.
- This option allows you to select specific content areas such as assignments, settings, and files without importing the entire course. Choose only what you need and when ready click Select Content.
- Review the success of the import and make modifications as needed.
- Canvas’ guide for importing content
- A visual decision tree for choosing a migration method [PDF] [SVG].
- Content Migration Map [PDF]
Content Migration FAQ
Yes. A 16 step process is outlined on our website. You can import Portal content at any point, but you can only export archives from Portal before August 31st, 2018.
Apple’s Safari web browser automatically extracts ZIP files once they are downloaded from Portal. Quercus expects Blackboard exports to remain zipped.
This can be avoided by using a different web browser to download archives from Portal or temporally disabling this feature in Safari and re-downloading the archive from Portal. To disable this feature in Safari go to the menu and select Safari > Preferences > General > and unselect “Open safe…”.
Only individuals in the Instructor or Course Builder roles have to the course Control Panel‘s Packages and Utilities area.
The Toolbox Renewal Project has been reaching out to the identified training and support contacts to schedule Quercus Content Migration Clinics in divisional locations. The clinic consists of an overview of the basics of the migration process outlined on our website and practical support exporting and importing content between the two platforms.
No. Instructors have the opportunity to make great courses in Quercus, and the best way to create a course in Quercus is to design the course for Quercus. In addition, the difference in interface and technical incompatibilities require that instructors review course content before it is shared with students.
Content Migration Clinics
|Date||Division||Location||Department if noted|
|05 (Aug)Ê15, 2018||Arts and sciences||TBD||FAS: Drama|
|05 (Aug) 15, 2018||Arts and sciences||15 King's College circle||FAS: University College|
|07 (Jul) 26, 2018||Nursing||155 College street|
|07 (Jul) 18, 2018||Nursing||155 College street|
|06 (Jun) 27, 2018Ê||Arts and sciences||Astronomy||FAS: AST|
|06 (Jun) 27, 2018, 10:00-12:30||Medicine||263 McCaul street|
|06 (Jun) 27, 2018, 10:00-12:30||Engineering||BA8256|
|06 (Jun) 25, 2018, 10:00-12:00||Medicine||1 King's College Circle, DC Lab 3281|
|06 (Jun) 21, 2018, 9:00-11:00||Engineering||BA8256|
|06 (Jun) 20, 2018, 12:30-15:30||Music||80 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C5, Rm TBD|
|06 (Jun) 14, 2018, 10:00-12:00||Medicine||1 King's College Circle, DC Lab 3281|
|06 (Jun) 12, 2018, 14:00-15:00||Arts and Sciences||5256 at Bahen||FAS: Comp Sci|
|06 (Jun) 06, 2018, 13:30-14:30||Arts and Sciences||New College Computer Lab||FAS: New College|
|06 (Jun) 06, 2018, 13:00-15:00||Medicine||1 King's College Circle, DC Lab 3281|
|05 (May) 31, 2018, 15:00-16:00||Arts and Sciences||MP257 Â computer lab||FAS: Physics|
|05 (May) 30, 2018, 14:00-15:00||Arts and Sciences||Canadiana Building||FAS: SPPGÂ|
|05 (May) 30, 2018, 10:00-11:00||Arts and Sciences||Sidney Smith 561||FAS: Statistical SciencesÂ|
|05 (May) 30, 2018, 10:00-11:00||Arts and Sciences||50 st. Joseph street, Odette Hall building 2nd floor room 201||FAS: French|
|05 (May) 29, 2018, 13:00-15:00||Engineering||BA8256|
|05 (May) 28, 2018, 14:00-15:00||Arts and Sciences||Sidney Smith, Room 561||FAS: Linguistics|
|05 (May) 28, 2018, 12:30-15:30||Medicine||1 King's College Circle, DC Lab 3281|
|05 (May) 28, 2018, 10:00-11:00||Arts and Sciences||50 st. Joseph street, Odette Hall building 2nd floor room 201|
|05 (May) 24, 2018, 14:00-16:00||Arts and Sciences||Jackman Humanities Building||FAS: Religion|
|05 (May) 24, 2018, 9:00-11:00||Engineering||BA8256||FAS: French|
|05 (May) 23, 2018, 14:00-16:00||Arts and Sciences||33 Wilcocks St., 3rd floor||FAS: Earth Sciences|
|05 (May) 23, 2018, 13:00-15:30||John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design||1 Spadina Crescent, Room 200|
|05 (May) 23, 2018, 11:00-12:00||Arts and Sciences||14 Queen's Park, 2nd floor, Rm 265||FAS: Criminology|
|05 (May) 23, 2018, 9:00-12:00||Medicine||1 King's College Circle, DC Lab 3281|
|05 (May) 22, 2018, 14:00-15:00||Arts and Sciences||Victoria College (room TBD)||FAS: Victoria College|
|05 (May) 22, 2018, 10:30-11:30||Arts and Sciences||Jackman Humanities Building||FAS: JHI|
|05 (May) 17, 2018, 13:30-15:30||Arts and Sciences||Sidney Smith, Room 561||FAS: Political Science|
|05 (May) 16, 2018, 14:00-15:30||Arts and Sciences||Innis College, Rm TBA||FAS: Innis College|
|05 (May) 16, 2018, 13:30-14:30||Arts and Sciences||725 Spadina Ave||FAS: Sociology|
|05 (May) 15, 2018, 13:30-14:30||Arts and Sciences||Sidney Smith, Room 561||FAS: GGR|
|05 (May) 14, 2018, 13:00-15:30||Engineering||BA8256|
|05 (May) 02, 2018, 10:00-12:00||Pharmacy||144 College, rm850|
|04 (Apr) 20, 2018, 9:30 - 11:30||All||Robarts Library, Room 4034|
|04 (Apr) 18, 2018, 13:30 - 15:30||All||Robarts Library, Room 4034|
|04 (Apr) 13, 2018, 13:30 - 15:30||All||Robarts Library, Room 4034|
|04 (Apr) 06, 2018, 10:00 - 12:00||All||Robarts Library, Room 4034|
|03 (Mar) 27, 2018, 09:30-11:30||All||Robarts Library, Room 4034|
|03 (Mar) 26, 2018, 13:30-15:30||All||Robarts Library, Room 4034|