UTSA has migrated to Canvas. Blackboard access will end on Wednesday, July 31, 2024.

Blackboard Update

As we navigate the final stages of transitioning away from Blackboard, we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. Below, you’ll find a detailed timeline outlining key actions and deadlines over the coming months. For more detailed information and answers to common questions, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions section. Should you have further questions or require assistance, please contact us at academicinnovation@utsa.edu.


June 2023 - September 2023

  • Blackboard courses taught during Spring 2021 to Summer 2023 are migrated to Canvas. These courses are identified with “BBMIG” in the course name. 
  • NPC/Organization owners are encouraged to download any content and results, or request the course be migrated to Canvas.

September 2023

  • Blackboard is put into an archive state and access is restricted to faculty and staff.  
  • Academic Innovation begins preparations to archive academic courses. 
  • Academic Innovation begins permanently deleting non-academic (Development Shells, NPCs, Organizations) courses. 

September 2023 - July 2024

  • Academic course archiving is in progress.
  • Faculty and staff are encouraged to download any content or results they wish to save to their computer. 

July 31, 2024

  • Faculty and staff access ends. 
  • Academic Innovation begins full decommission of Blackboard.

August 31, 2024

  • Blackboard servers are officially taken offline. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Blackboard access will end on Wednesday, July 31, 2024. After this date, you will not be able to retrieve content directly from Blackboard.

As of September 2023, Blackboard is no longer active for course delivery but remains accessible for faculty and staff to review and download content. It is crucial to transfer or save any needed materials before access ends on July 31, 2024.

Courses migrated from Blackboard to Canvas during the transition phase are tagged with “BBMIG” in the course name. You can find these courses in your Canvas account under Courses > All Courses.

If you notice any courses that have not been automatically migrated, please submit a course migration request to have Academic Innovation migrate your course to Canvas.

After July 31, 2024, faculty and staff will no longer have access to Blackboard. All content not migrated or saved externally will be inaccessible after this date. We urge you to ensure all necessary materials are transferred to Canvas or downloaded before the cutoff date.

Post July 31, Academic Innovation will begin the full decommission process of Blackboard. This includes permanently shutting down the Blackboard servers on August 31, 2024, ensuring that all data is securely archived or deleted as per data retention policies.

Academic Courses

All official academic courses stored in Blackboard will be archived and retained in accordance with the five-year data retention policy. To request data from these courses, please email academicinnovation@utsa.edu.

Non-Academic Courses (Non-Provisioned Courses, Organizations, Development Shells, Sandboxes, etc.)

Once Blackboard is decommissioned, all non-academic course content and grades will be permanently deleted.