Canvas logoThis summer, the university will begin transitioning its learning management system from Blackboard to Canvas. This transition will span an entire calendar year and involve several learning sessions in which you, the faculty, will get the support, guidance, and information you need from our team at Strategic Learning (formerly iLearn) to ensure that the switch to Canvas is as smooth and seamless as possible.

Check out our calendar for information on upcoming training sessions, including dates and times, or feel free to drop by for walk-in hours. You can also contact us to schedule an appointment, request to be an early adopter, or ask any questions you might have.

We look forward to working with you, answering your questions, and assisting in any way we can as we bring Canvas, our new learning management system, to Ball State University.

Canvas Key Features

Open Web Standards

Canvas is compatible with current learning tools including YouTube.

24/7 Support

Canvas provides a user-friendly 24/7 support system for students, faculty, and staff.

Use On All Your Devices

Canvas has superior mobile iOS and Android apps for tablets and smartphones.

Training Schedule  Learn More from Canvas

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We Want to answer your questions

You will be responsible for exporting your course content out of Blackboard so that you can transfer it to Canvas. This way your content will be saved before Blackboard is shut off for Ball State on May 31, 2019.

We will cover all of that in training. And, this important step is one of the reasons we encourage faculty to not wait until the last minute to get training and start building your Canvas courses. 

All faculty will need to transition out of Blackboard into Canvas in time for the start of Summer 2019 courses. We are encouraging everyone who wants to get a head start to do this summer. View the training schedule.

Beginning in Fall 2018, a full implementation plan for colleges and departments will be announced.

We are working on a solution to replace Blackboard Communities. Right now, several potential solutions include using a Canvas Course, Canvas Groups, WebEx, and/or We can recommend a solution depending on how you are currently using Blackboard Communities. Please contact Strategic Learning to schedule an
appointment so we can help you determine the best solution for you and your students.
The “username not found” error is caused by entering your entire Ball State email address (i.e. when trying to register for courses on Ball State's minicourse calendar.. Simply enter your username (ccardinal), and you should be able to login and register. If not, please reach out to the Technology Help Desk.

The decision to move to Canvas followed a three-year, comprehensive pilot test in which Canvas received overwhelming support and backing from students and faculty who pilot-tested the learning management system, as well as from chairs, deans, and Information Technology staff and leaders.

In testing, Canvas met and exceeded all of the key factors identified as needed for an LMS, including:

  • an easy to use and learn interface
  • 24/7 support for faculty and students
  • a stable environment with no downtime needed for upgrades
  • a superior mobile app for tablets and smartphones
  • open web standards, which means it will be adaptable and flexible for the integration of current learning and content tools such as YouTube and Mediasite, as well as future technologies
  • adherence to Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards

The pilot included courses taught by faculty from every college educating both main-campus and online-only students. If you are interested, you can read the final report from the Canvas Task Force.


For any questions or inquiries, please email us at, or call us at 765-285-6582.

Ball State University’s access to Blackboard will end May 31, 2019. All information–including courses must be exported prior to this date or it will be lost.

Strategic Learning provides support and assessment for technology-enhanced teaching and learning for on-campus, online, and blended courses and programs. Our aim is to establish an institute of good practice that all faculty will find useful, formidable, and essential to their aspirations of excellence in teaching.