In Fall 2016, IIT initiated a project to evaluate a replacement for the College’s current Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard Learn. The current version of Blackboard Learn is scheduled to be replaced by a new cloud-based version called Blackboard Learn Ultra.
The LMS is an important piece of the 21st century learning ecosystem that aggregates, connects, and manages many aspects of the learning experience. A new LMS must support a variety of activities for instructors and students, plug and play with third party learning applications, and integrate with other campus systems. Over the past 5 years there have been many changes in the LMS market. Our current version of Blackboard is outdated and needs to be either updated to a newer version, which is significantly different from what we are currently using, or replaced by a different learning management system. Therefore, it is important for the College to evaluate the current market place, assess the needs of the college, and select an LMS that will help us deliver 21st century learning experiences.
Campus Community Involvement
In December 2016, Delaware Tech issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Learning Management System. On January 24, 2017, we received proposals from LMS companies that have been reviewed by the LMS Evaluation Committee. The group has selected three finalists that will present demonstrations to the campus community. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend and complete feedback surveys. The finalist and their demonstration dates and times are listed below:
LMS - Date & Time
Brightspace by D2L
February 14, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Owens – CPC 526
George – W350
Stanton – D113
Terry – ETB 722
The President has approved members of an LMS Evaluation Advisory Committee, which consists of an instructor from each of the 4 campuses and representatives from CCIT, IR, Student Affairs, and Disability Services. The Advisory Committee will attend the finalist demonstrations and provide direct feedback to the Evaluation Committee.
Additional information about the implementation and timeline is listed below.
LMS Advisory Committee Members
Kim Bates (Chair)
Instructional Innovation Network: .
Owens: Christina Tarabicos
Stanton/George: Cory Budischak & Victoria Granison