Now (drumroll) – the results of the LMS Review downselect (we started with 5 systems and are down to 3 systems)! We have officially come to consensus. We are moving ahead with Blackboard, Canvas and Desire2Learn/Brightspace.
I am thrilled to report that all full-time faculty Taskforce members weighed in. Keeping the process focused on learning and teaching is the name of the game!
Interested in the “official” consensus tally? Find the results here: https://breeze.tri-c.edu/downselect/. Interested in knowing who is on the Taskforce? Find that list here: https://breeze.tri-c.edu/lmsreview_taskforce_membership/. Want a video overview of the process? Check that out here.
Want to look at the consensus tool we’ve used? Find that here: https://breeze.tri-c.edu/consensustool/.
Now, we’ll be entering the “Sandbox Phase”. This means that the Taskforce and an additional 20 volunteer faculty will actually go into Blackboard, Canvas and Desire2Learn/Brightspace and “play” – testing out functionality. In March, we will make our formal recommendation, based both on discussions of learning and teaching advantages, Tri-C culture, and the rubric results. (The rubric is a tool in our process, not the decision).
How can you help? How can you get involved?
- “Follow” the eLearning and Innovation blog for all LMS-related updates.
- Help us get the word out and avoid miscommunication! Send other faculty, staff and students to the blog for accurate information.
- Check out the systems yourself! We have vendor demos on the blog.
- Respond to our feedback form, which is always up: https://elearningandinnovation.com/lms-review/focus-group-dates-times/.
We have been working on the LMS Review since January of 2013. The full Taskforce was convened in May 2013. Find all our meeting notes and working information here: https://elearningandinnovation.com/lms-review/lms-process-and-documents/. What assumptions did we start with? I’m glad you asked! Find them here, or below.
- The current LMS (Blackboard) may or may not be the best institutional fit for an LMS. This can only be determined by a review of all feasible LMSs.
- There will not be an LMS that matches perfectly with the college’s needs.
- Only with a thorough review of enterprise-level LMSs can we determine what the best institutional fit for the needs of students, faculty, and staff will be.
- The process must be inclusive. All are encouraged to participate and provide feedback as we conduct a needs analysis, prioritize our needs, and implement a rubric-based selection process.
This process is working well because it is participatory and transparent. If you ever have questions, I am happy to answer them personally:) – Sasha.Thackaberry at Tri-C.edu.