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Learning Innovation and OIT have collaborated to develop a custom tool called Sakai2Canvas that will enable Duke instructors to easily migrate content from Sakai to Canvas.

Sakai2Canvas will allow those with the Instructor role in a Sakai course site or the Owner role in a project site to migrate the site to Canvas. Sakai2Canvas will take content from the Sakai tools and move them into the appropriate tools in Canvas (e.g. content in Sakai Resources will be migrated to Canvas Files). 

The following tools will be migrated when using Sakai2Canvas:

  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Lessons
  • Resources
  • Rubrics
  • Syllabus
  • Tests & Quizzes

The goal of Sakai2Canvas is to help instructors populate their Canvas course sites for upcoming courses they are teaching. Canvas is not intended to serve as an archive of previously taught courses in Sakai that are unlikely to be taught again. Additionally, some tools in Sakai contain content that is not appropriate for migration (e.g. attendance, calendar, chat, dashboard, email and the email archive, messages, overview, roster, search, section info, site info and statistics), and no student data will be migrated from Sakai to Canvas.

While both Sakai and Canvas are learning management systems, they think about teaching and learning differently and offer different tools. There is not 100% parity between the two systems and, therefore, there are some types of content in Sakai that will not be imported into Canvas (e.g. blogs, commons, conversations, drop box, news, podcasts, polls, PostEm and Wiki). For tools in this category, if there is content you wish to save and possibly use in Canvas, please contact Learning Innovation for a consultation and we will do our best to find an acceptable alternative for you.

Sakai2Canvas will be available later this spring. At that time, we will announce broadly to the Duke Community and update this page with instructions on how to use the tool.