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LMS Selection Project Update. 3-4 minutes of Friday a.m. seminar, 15 January 2010 Andrea Chappell, on behalf of the project team. LMS Selection Project Big Picture. Select new LMS Determine timeframe for migration . Two phases:

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Lms selection project update

LMS Selection Project Update

3-4 minutes of Friday a.m. seminar, 15 January 2010

Andrea Chappell, on behalf of the project team


Lms selection project big picture

LMS Selection Project Big Picture

  • Select new LMS

  • Determine timeframe for migration.

  • Two phases:

    • Evaluation of options, and recommendation of a (very) short list.

    • Pilot/evaluation of short list with faculty and student input, for final selection.


Project progress since september

Project progress since September

  • Team (ITMS, CTE, DCE, OPD, Lib, faculty members, STAC for students)

  • 6 fall team meetings, 1 meeting 2010

    • Charter

    • Investigating options

  • 3 fall subgroup meetings: Determining criteria

    • Using workflow scenarios, not just feature lists

  • RFP – start on document

  • Sandboxes for “known 4”


Some criteria

Some Criteria

  • Course Administration, Assessments, Teams, Online Discussions, Gradebook, Assignments, Course content, Communications and Collaborations, System Administration, Infrastructure Integration, Accessibility, Standards compliance, Adaptability/ Programmability/ Automation, …


Timing

Timing

  • Plan to upgrade to V7.4 in April, supported until 2012

  • Future V8.x (transition release), support to 2014

  • Current scenario:

    • Upgrade to V7.4 in April 2010

    • Run V7.4 until 2012

    • Pilot next LMS in late in 2010

    • Run next LMS in parallel in 2011-2012 for migration (volunteers, encouraged, forced)

  • Other factors (like ANGEL support) may alter timing


Review of lms options

Review of LMS options

  • Choose another commercial LMS

    • Two biggest are Blackboard and Desire2Learn

    • Others include: eCollege, Atutor, SharePoint, …

  • Choose an open LMS

    • Two biggest are Moodle and Sakai

    • Others include: ELGG, LON-CAPA, …

  • Go Web 2.0 – Use FB, Wiki, Blog, Twitter, ...

    • Not practical on own, but want to incorporate


Open what does it mean

“Open” – what does it mean?

  • Open source

    • Access to the end product source code

    • Generally royalty-free

    • Generally has a large community of peer support

  • Moodle and Sakai are free, but need to assess whether additional local or purchased support required

  • Can purchase support and also hosting from 3rd party vendors (Unicon, rSmart, Longsight)


What are others selecting

What are others selecting?

Look at …

  • Overall market share of the LMSes

  • Adoption trends

    • http://www.deltainitiative.com/picts/pdf/deltainitiativelmswebinar09-2.pdf - August 2009

  • Recent LMS selection results

    • http://www.masmithers.com/2009/09/20/public-lms-evaluations/ - September 2009


Recent lms selection results

Recent LMS Selection Results

  • North Carolina Community College System

    • Chose Moodleover BlackBoard - August 2009

  • McMaster University

    • Chose BlackBoard - April 2008

  • Guelph

    • Chose Desire2Learn(already using in their distance dept)

  • Laurier is in RFP process right now

    • Desire2Learn or BlackBoard


Next steps

Next steps

  • Student input – STAC, other student assistance

  • Create RFP (Request For Proposals)

    • Ask vendors how they support important scenarios and critical features

  • Initial testing on product sandboxes

  • Hold campus info sessions

    • Open forums

    • Perhaps survey

    • Other info dissemination and feedback forums

  • Leads to … Recommendation to UCIST, and pilot


Some questions in the project

Some questions in the project

  • What are the important things our LMS should do?

    • Teams heavily used, combined courses, instructional resources repository, etc.

  • Open/community source differences?

  • Consider “hosted” service? Pros and cons

  • Expectations of campus input into selection?

    • To avoid “personal preference” feedback, expect to involve campus in the very short list


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