The University of Missouri-Kansas City has begun transitioning from the Blackboard learning management system (LMS) to the Canvas LMS. A limited number of courses were included in Phase I of this transition. Faculty included in Phase I provided recommendations on how to improve UMKC’s transition to Canvas.

In fall 2018, UMKC entered Phase II of the transition. All courses will have a Canvas course site moving forward. Faculty can migrate Blackboard course content to Canvas in preparation for the semester. Those faculty wishing to teach in Blackboard for summer 2019 are required to request a Blackboard course site. A request form is available within the Blackboard Request System for this purpose.

Summer 2019 marks the final opportunity to transition to Canvas and the completion of Phase II. By fall 2019, all courses will be taught in Canvas and Blackboard will no longer be available.

Questions? See the FAQ and support information below or contact the Canvas Transition Team at

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a new user get a Canvas account?
All UMKC faculty, staff, and students can access the Canvas LMS with their UMKC single sign-on (SSO). This video tutorial provides information on customizing your Canvas account.
How can I request a Canvas sandbox?
To request a sandbox, go to and log in. Click on Help in the left-hand side menu, then Canvas Request System. From there, click on New Sandbox / Template Site and fill out the form.
How do I migrate my Blackboard course to Canvas?
Faculty can follow these instructions for Migrating a Course from Blackboard to Canvas (PDF). Once the Blackboard course has been migrated, additional cleanup and editing will be needed before the course is ready to publish.
Is Faculty Certification available in Canvas?

Yes, the Faculty Certification in Online Teaching course is now taught in Canvas. Instructors can register for self-paced on the workshops page.

The Blackboard version of the faculty certification course is no longer available.

Is Canvas training available for faculty?
Yes, visit our workshops page to register for training or visit the Canvas Community.
How can I get help with Canvas?

For technical support, email ITS at For instructional design help, contact UMKC ID/T at

Support Contacts

24/7 LMS Support
☎ 816.235.6700
ITS Website

UMKC IS Call Center
☎ 816.235.2000
IS Call Center Website

UMKC Online Instructional Design
Contact Form

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UMKC Canvas Transition Timeline

Graphical timeline of canvas transition

Phase I

Courses can be converted but not taught in Canvas unless part of pilot. Moodle retires spring 2018; Blackboard remains available.

Phase II

Courses move to Canvas voluntarily (highly encouraged). Moodle is discontinued; Blackboard remains available.

Phase III

All courses must be taught in Canvas.

Blackboard is discontinued.