Last spring, the Teaching & Learning Domain Committee initiated a process for evaluating a new learning management system (LMS). This directive was the result of feedback from faculty, staff, and students gathered during the spring of 2016 and was compounded by a failed Blackboard Ultra pilot in the fall of 2016.
Earlier this year, the committee determined that two next generation learning management systems, Canvas and Schoology, would be evaluated as potential replacements for the current Blackboard platform. Following this determination, a limited pilot for both LMS alternatives was initiated.
Currently, more than 50 faculty members and 2,200 students are participating in the LMS Evaluation Program— teaching and learning within one of the two systems.
In October, campus-wide vendor demonstrations were held for both Canvas and Schoology. Each vendor hosted 60-minute product demos followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. Attendees had time to ask questions and sessions were open to all members of the university community.
Pilot faculty and student participant surveys as well as feedback from the demonstrations is currently being collated. The IT Governance Teaching & Learning Domain Committee aims to complete its recommendation report by February 2018, with an eye toward bringing a new LMS online to run in parallel with Blackboard in fall 2018.