Tag Archives: LMS Review

It’s Official….

Following a fourteen-month Learning Management System Review process, Tri-C has selected Blackboard to be its continuing LMS provider moving forward.

There's More to Learn_Blackboard logoThe work has just begun!  We now start a redesign of the training based on faculty feedback, and prepare for the launch of Ultra in 2016.

Thanks for being part of the process!  If you’d like to see any part of the play-by-play, use the search box in the upper right-hand corner with keyword “LMS.”  You can also check out all of the pages under “LMS Review.”


Reminder – Blackboard Upgrade

Blackboard will be unavailable for maintenance from 4am – 12pm on May 15, 2015

In preparation for the upcoming Summer 2015 term, the Office of eLearning & Innovation and Information Technology Services will be applying updates to Blackboard on Friday, May 15.

To complete these updates, Blackboard will be unavailable the morning of Friday, May 15 between 4am-12pm.

After the updates, faculty and students will see some new and enhanced Blackboard functionality. These new improvements will include new Anonymous Grading and SafeAssign options.  We’ll be sharing more about what you can do with these options throughout the next few weeks.

There are also always unexpected surprises.  If you notice anything strange, please contact eLifacultysupport@tri-c.edu.

LMS Decision SOON!

What has been going on with the LMS Review?  Great question!  We are currently in the sandboxing process.  That means the nearly 40 member Taskforce and an additional 24 faculty are in all three potential systems, trying out features, interacting in courses, and testing.  These three systems are Blackboard, Canvas and D2L/Brightspace.

What’s next?  On Thursday, February 26th the Taskforce will make a recommendation for a system.  That recommendation will then proceed through the internal committee process for funding – the Technology Governance Steering Committee is involved, then a Board committee, and finally it will be presented for Board approval in the March 26th meeting.

Questions?  Contact your campus faculty communication contact:

  • West – Professor John Kerezy
  • Westshore – Professor Matt Piero
  • Metro – Professor Pat Stansberry
  • East – Professor Angela Mensah

All meeting minutes and info is posted on this blog.  Click on the LMS Review tab in the upper right-hand corner, or hover over it to see the subpages.

Thanks! – Sasha

Downselect Results – Which LMSs are still in the running?

LMS Review LogoNow (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/.

What’s next?

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?

  1. “Follow” the eLearning and Innovation blog for all LMS-related updates.
  2. Help us get the word out and avoid miscommunication!  Send other faculty, staff and students to the blog for accurate information.
  3. Check out the systems yourself!  We have vendor demos on the blog.
  4. 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.

There are several assumptions that are guiding the investigation into a possible new LMS implementation at Tri-C.  They are:

  1. 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.
  2. There will not be an LMS that matches perfectly with the college’s needs.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Updated LMS Review Timeline & eLearning by the Numbers

We have extended our timeline for the LMS review selection.  Find that new timeline here:  https://elearningandinnovation.com/lms-review/.  Scroll down just a little (you can expand the timeline to full screen).

Also, did you know that students who take one or more online or blended class graduate in greater percentages than those that do not?  And that the trend is increasing over time?  Find that data and more here:  https://breeze.tri-c.edu/elearningbythenumbers/

Thanks for following us!  Encourage other faculty to do the same to keep everyone up to date on our new LMS selection (or Blackboard hosted).


Comparison Doc on LMS Review – Who Has What?

Do you want to check out the different LMSs that Tri-C is reviewing?  The 5 that are involved in the LMS Review Process are Blackboard, Canvas, Brightspace by Desire2Learn, MoodleRooms and Remote Learner.  Combined logos for LMS Review

But how do they stack up?

Truth be told, we don’t know yet!  We’re doing a “down select” – meaning narrowing the field to our top 2 or 3.  Then we will be “sandboxing” systems (aka testing and exploration) for several months before making a final decision this Spring 2015.

Check out this handy, hyper-linked document that looks at the features and functionality on each of those systems.

Come Join Our Sandbox!

**This message is specifically for Tri-C faculty.**

Blackboard LogoHere’s another way to get involved in the LMS Review!

We’d like to invite you to take part in our review of the college’s Learning Management System (LMS) by exploring or “sandboxing” . Currently, we use Blackboard, but a lot has changed in the nearly two decades we’ve been using Blackboard, so we’re considering the many options now available (including Blackboard, of course).

What would I have to do?

We want you to test, or sandbox, the Learning Management Systems under review. That will mean using the LMSs as faculty, as students, as someone who wants to learn how and how well each LMS does what you need it to do.

Will I be compensated?

Excellent  question. A full-time faculty member can receive two (2) service credits under 4.06: Bb Faculty Advance Preview Group.  As a participant in sandboxes (“fake” test courses) for each LMS, faculty will:

  • assess functionality
  • fill out rubrics as part of assessing that functionality
  • connect with and discuss the potential LMSs with colleagues

An adjunct faculty member can receive three (3) stipend credits. Contact Andy Pegman to confirm participation.

Sounds great. What do I need to do so I can play in a sandbox?

Respond to the person who contacted you. If you reply by email, please copy Pat Stansberry at patrick.stansberry@tri-c.edu.

I’d like to know more. Where can I get a big picture view of the project?

Simple. Check out the brief video linked here and below, and go to the LMS Review blog at https://elearningandinnovation.com/lms-review/

Video link for LMS Review update video

Update: Blackboard Stays or Goes? & Profile Pics Coming Next Week

Two important messages from eLi:

  1. LMS Review Update
  2. Profile Pics Coming Next Week

LMS Review Update:

Profile Pics Coming Next Week:

What does it look like?  Check out the example below from a discussion board post (from my fantastic students at Kent State University!)

profile pic example

Questions?  You can always contact me through the blog! – Sasha