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Identify a stable, scalable Learning Management System that supports faculty and student success.
A learning management system (LMS) is comprehensive, integrated software that supports the development, delivery, assessment, and administration of courses in face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning environments.
The LMS helps institutions maintain the integrity of educational programs by centralizing course management and assessment, ensuring security and privacy of student data, and generating analytic reports for the evaluation and improvement of student support.
The LMS enables faculty to efficiently develop and deliver courses that enhance teaching and learning.
Our research into the LMS market and user base, along with a deeper analysis of existing LMS products during the 2016 Fall and 2017 Spring semesters indicated there were enough changes in the market to prepare an RFP. Surveys conducted with faculty and instructional technologists showed there was no clear LMS favorite. There was a majority agreement that it was time to look at our options and choose the LMS that will enable and support the mission and goals of Arizona State University.
For the past 9 years Phil Hill has studied and published his annual blog post on the State of the LMS market in Higher Ed and this infographic along with the accompanying article is an interesting read.
In order to view how things have been changing, below is the same infographic from 2016 and 2015
(subject to change)
|Summer 2016||Define core expectations and technical standards.|
|Fall 2016 - Spring 2017||Analysis of LMS market. Potential candidates for LMS researched and discussions conducted with peer institutions. Testing of some LMS components. Collect feedback and input from ASU faculty, staff and students. RFP preparation.|
|Summer 2017||Issue RFP and review proposals. Invite top candidates to campus to present their product. Award RFP and plan for migration.|
|Spring/Summer 2018||New LMS available for all ASU courses. Begin 12- 18 month parallel run of old and new LMS. Training for faculty, along with migration of courses to new platform.|
Participants are encouraged from all areas and disciplines at the university.
A Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from the Faculty Senate, EdPlus, the Office of the University Provost, the University Technology Office and the Associated Students of ASU.
A Stakeholders Group comprised of faculty and staff from colleges and units across the university who volunteer to participate in the pilot of the LMS tools, and commit to providing feedback. Stakeholders provide feedback of the LMS tools and suitability for ASU.
The following numbers of courses were piloted in the two pilot LMS environments:
Stakeholders are faculty and staff who have volunteered to test the new LMS environments and provide feedback
Test and provide feedback:
Instructors and instructional technologist signed up to join the Stakeholders group, tested, and provided feedback on whether they believed that there is value in looking into other options for LMS. Opinions were solicited on which LMS platform stakeholders preferred and there was no clear winner.
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Brown, Malcom, Joanne Dehoney and Nancy Millichap (2015). What’s Next for the LMS?, Educause. Retrieved from http://er.educause.edu/articles/2015/6/whats-next-for-the-lms.
Brown, Malcom, Joanne Dehoney and Nancy Millichap (2015). The Next Generation Digital Learning Environment: A Report on Research, Educause Learning Initiative. Retrieved from https://library.educause.edu/resources/2015/4/the-next-generation-digital-learning-environment-a-report-on-research.
Cavanaugh, Thomas B. (2014). The LMS Selection Process: Practices and Considerations. Retrieved from https://library.educause.edu/resources/2014/7/the-lms-selection-process-practices-and-considerations.
LMS Evaluations Checklist (2014), University of Central Florida. Retrieved from https://online.ucf.edu/about/lms-migration/lms-evaluation-checklist/.
Schmoller, Seb (2104). Selecting a Learning Management System: Advice from an Academic Perspective, Educause Review. Retrieved from http://er.educause.edu/articles/2014/4/selecting-a-learning-management-system-advice-from-an-academic-perspective.