The Office of eLearning and Innovation in partnership with the Tech Governance Committee is leading an LMS Review. The purpose of this review is to analyze different LMSs in order to determine which LMS best fits the needs of Tri-C. Click here to check Task Force progress.
We completed the “downselect” process on 11-21-14. Blackboard, Canvas, and Desire2Learn/Brightspace are the three systems we are continuing to test and analyze. Find the full blog post with all related information here.
The Short Version of What We’re Doing:
- Tri-C is going to be looking at LMSs to assess if our current system (Blackboard) is our best fit, or if another LMS is our best fit.
- The process was initiated in Spring 14, continued throughout Summer 14 with vendor demos and project tasks.
- Experimental sandboxes will occur from December – March 2014 with a decision on the LMS (Blackboard or other) in March 2014.
- Pilots will be conducted in Summer 15. Concurrent systems (new LMS AND old LMS if a change is made) will run Fall 15 and Spring 16. As of Summer 16, all courses will be in the new LMS (or Blackboard). It will be a 2 & 1/2 year process.
- The initial planning phase was handled through a the Tech Governance LMS Review Team. A full LMS Review Taskforce has been convened with faculty, staff, and students.
- We have had surveys, interviews, and focus groups with faculty, students and staff to gather initial data.
Want a visual calendar of the process? Check it out below.
Interested in the initial demos? Refer to this blog post with all the details.
What is an LMS?
An LMS is a Learning Management System. It is the technology platform on which online and blended courses, supplemental course sites, and organization sites are housed at Tri-C. Currently, Tri-C’s LMS is Blackboard Learn 9.1.
Why an LMS review?
Tri-C has used Blackboard as its LMS since the late 1990s. At the time, Blackboard was one of only a couple of options for LMSs. Many new LMSs have been created in recent years. Different LMSs have different strengths and weaknesses, and the Office of eLearning and Innovation is excited to lead a transparent and inclusive process whereby all stakeholder groups have opportunity to contribute to the institution’s choice of LMS. Blackboard will be included as one of the LMSs that will be reviewed according to faculty, student, and staff needs. It is not a foregone conclusion that we will not select Blackboard. We are looking at finding our best fit for students and faculty, focused on teaching and learning.
What are the assumptions that will guide our review?
There are several assumptions that are guiding the investigation into a possible new LMS implementation at Tri-C. They are:
- 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.
Find a synopsis of the process HERE. Note that this document will be updated with feedback from faculty leadership and the Core Group.
Check out the comparison doc!
Help us create our FAQs!
Got a question? Share it with us. It’s likely other faculty or students may have the same question. Use the comment feature on the blog to let us know what information we need to get out to folks. The more minds we have working together, the better this process will be.
Faculty perspective from other institutions – needing assistance!
If you know any fellow faculty at other institutions in Ohio that use an LMS other than Blackboard, please email Sasha.Thackaberry@tri-c.edu so that I can reach out to connect us with more info on LMSs from the faculty perspective. We don’t just want the vendor’s view and information. We want to know what it looks like for the instructor, day-to-day, in class with students.