Courses in the regular curriculum are scheduled through WashU Course Listings (WUCRSL). But, sometimes courses are needed for purposes outside the regular curriculum.

Courses outside the regular curriculum are referred to as Organizations and Non-SIS Courses. A Non-SIS Course is a course that isn’t part of the regular curriculum, but delivers required content to students. By contrast, an Organization is a student- or faculty-centric group used primarily for teaching and learning activities outside the regular curriculum.

Organization Alternatives

In the past, organizations were housed in Blackboard because there were few alternatives for collaboration. Now, we have more choices, including Canvas. But, a different option, like Office 365 or Teams, might be a better fit for your organization.

For example, Canvas requires participants to have SIS IDs. While students and faculty have SIS IDs, most non-academic staff do not. So, if your organization is primarily for staff, another alternative might be better.

Use the tools below to help you decide the best alternatives for your organization, whether it existed in Blackboard or you’re looking to create a new one.

Organization Wizard

Presents a short series of questions and recommends a software alternative for your organization based on the answers you provide.

Launch the Wizard

Alternatives Matrix

Lists software alternatives with the defining features of each software and any special considerations you should take into account.

View the Matrix

Features Comparison

Lists features commonly desired for organizations and shows which organizational software tools support the features.

Compare Features

Migrating Organizations from Blackboard to Canvas

If you own an existing Blackboard organization and have received an email from the Hello Canvas project team recommending its migration to Canvas:

  1. The  Canvas team will create a Canvas course shell for your organization. You be notified when it is ready, usually within a week.
  2. Once the shell is ready, login to and follow the migration instructions to export your content from Blackboard and import it to Canvas.

If you own an existing Blackboard organization, but have NOT received an email about its migration, please contact us, and someone will follow up with you.