LMS Review Process (Completed Jan. 2022)

At the end of 2022, the contract with the Blackboard learning management system (LMS) will end. Before entering into a new contract with Blackboard, UB is engaging in a review of two additional popular systems, Brightspace D2L and Canvas. The goal of this review is to identify the full spectrum of needs for an LMS across campus constituencies, identify the system(s) that best meet these needs, and recommend to campus decision-makers the LMS that should be adopted.  

LMS demo & review report

Review structure

Steering committee

  • Beth Corry, Associate Vice President & Controller
  • J. Brice Bible, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
  • Graham Hammill, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and the Dean of the Graduate School
  • Evviva Lajoi, Vice Provost, University Libraries
  • Carol Van Zile-Tamsen, Associate Vice Provost, Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching Transformation

*Valerie Nesset, Associate Professor, Information Science, also served on this committee until her retirement in 2022.

The steering committee consists of leaders of the three sponsoring units for the LMS Review, Academic Affairs, UBIT and University Libraries, along with a representative of University Business Services and the co-chairs of the LMS Review Committee.

LMS review committee charge

Charge

The LMS Review Committee is charged with evaluating learning management systems for possible implementation. As the LMS significantly effects teaching and learning across the campus, in the evaluation process the committee should consult meaningfully with a broad range of constituents, engaging the breadth of faculty and student experiences. In its evaluation, the committee should recommend features that an LMS should include to best serve faculty and student needs. 

Deliverables

  • Create a rubric for evaluating LMS products, including but not limited to specifications that can be used as part of the RFP process. The rubric should include an evaluation of the surrounding developer/development community and its ability to enhance the teaching and learning experience at UB. The rubric should attend to any social or racial inequities that might be manifested in the LMS environment.
  • Develop and implement a process for receiving input from campus constituents that reflects a broad range of faculty and student experiences, as well as insights from IT specialists and instructional designers.
  • Based on the rubric and processes developed above, evaluate potential learning management systems and provide a recommendation for the future direction of UB’s LMS.
  • Develop an implementation timeline based on the committee’s recommendation. Make sure to include all aspects of implementation (e.g., technology, communications, faculty training, etc.). 

LMS review timeline

  • July 2021
    LMS Review Committee Charged
  • September/October 2021
    Development of LMS Review Rubric
  • October 2021
    Communications to Campus Stakeholders
  • November 2021
    Review of Learning Management Systems
  • December 2021/January 2022
    Recommendations Development
  • January 2022
    Final Recommendations to Steering Committee