April 17-18: On-Campus LMS Product Vendor Demonstrations & Product Overviews

Below is an excerpt from a April 6, 2017 Inside Iowa State article by Rob Schweers that updates the learning management system (LMS) process. The full Inside Iowa State web article is available at Vendors selected for learning management system demonstrations.

Education technology companies Canvas and Desire2Learn (D2L) have been selected to give on-campus presentations for Iowa State’s next learning management system (LMS).

A review of Iowa State’s LMS, co-led by CELT and IT, has been ongoing since October. The Canvas and D2L proposals were among three received in response to a March request for proposals.

The proposals were reviewed by staff in the Center of Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), information technology and procurement. Finalists were selected using a comprehensive rubric developed from input given to the LMS review committee from students, faculty and staff.

CELT and IT developed a comprehensive product evaluation process that includes product overviews and on-campus vendor presentations. In the coming weeks, these events will provide faculty, staff and students another opportunity to provide input on the future of Iowa State’s LMS and to compare the two.

Dates, times and locations of the on-campus vendor demonstrations and LMS product overview are available (see below). For information about the process, visit the LMS Review website.

On-Campus Vendor Demonstrations

Instructure Canvas

Desire 2 Learn

LMS Product Overviews

CELT and ITS staff will provide scenario-based overviews of the two LMS product vendors selected to give on-campus presentations: Desire 2 Learn and Instructure Canvas. Each overview presentation will feature both products. These overviews are for faculty, staff and students at Iowa State University.

Questions? If you have any questions about the LMS review process contact LMS Review Co-Leads via email lmsreview@iastate.edu.


Vendors selected for learning management system demonstrations (Inside Iowa State)

Education technology companies Canvas and Desire2Learn (D2L) have been selected to give on-campus presentations for Iowa State’s next learning management system (LMS).

A review of Iowa State’s LMS, co-led by CELT and IT, has been ongoing since October. The Canvas and D2L proposals were among three received in response to a March request for proposals.

The proposals were reviewed by staff in the Center of Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), information technology and procurement. Finalists were selected using a comprehensive rubric developed from input given to the LMS review committee from students, faculty and staff.

“We are extremely pleased with the progress the LMS review committee has made to date, and we appreciate the thoughtful input we have received from campus stakeholders,” said CELT director Ann Marie VanDerZanden. “I am confident this process will result in a new system that best meets the needs of students, faculty and staff.”

Next steps

CELT and IT developed a comprehensive product evaluation process that includes product overviews and on-campus vendor presentations. In the coming weeks, these events will provide faculty, staff and students another opportunity to provide input on the future of Iowa State’s LMS and to compare the two.

Look for announcements on the CELT website and in this publication for dates, times and locations of the product demonstrations and vendor presentations. More information on the LMS review background, process and timeline is online.

Re-posted from Inside Iowa State (2017, April 6)


An Update on the Learning Management System (LMS) Review

A review of ISU’s current learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn, has been ongoing since October 2016. The review process, co-led by CELT and ITS, is currently moving into the product demonstration and evaluation phase. This phase will provide yet another opportunity for ISU faculty, staff, and students to provide input on the future of the LMS at Iowa State. Please look for an announcement on the CELT website and in Inside Iowa State for dates, times and locations of the product demos lead by CELT staff, and the vendor presentations over the next two weeks.
For more information on the background, process and timeline, visit ISU’s Learning Management System website. We value your input on this campus wide initiative, and hope to see you at the upcoming presentations.
Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Announcing the Online Learning Community (ISU-OLC) (formerly Blackboard User’s Group)

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) would like to take this opportunity to announce the transformation from our Blackboard User’s Group (ISU BUG) to our new Online Learning Community (ISU-OLC).  This community will share campus best practices to improve online teaching and learning; see how others are using the University Learning Management System (LMS) to create innovative learning experiences, inform the campus about existing and new web-based instructional technologies and participate in new technology testing and evaluation. The group will also seek to leverage staff and instructor LMS expertise and experience as well as share training resources from support units across the University.

In addition, this group will be asked to inform future activities surrounding ISU’s migration to a new LMS software product. To learn about this process and timeline visit ISU’s Learning Management System website.

Audience: faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants.

This group will meet on the following Fridays (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall): January 13, February 10, March 24, and April 14.

Registration is required at least one-day prior for this learning community via the Learn@ISU website.


How Do You Use a Learning Management System in Your Course?

A learning management system (LMS) contains a variety of functions and features to support teaching and learning. Most faculty use the core LMS features to organize and deliver learning content, manage course administration needs like enrollment, grades, communication, and student assignments. Many also use the LMS to assess students, foster student discussion, collaboration, and project-based work. Iowa State’s LMS is Blackboard Learn.

The current configuration of Blackboard Learn as a locally hosted (on ISU servers) LMS product is reaching an end of life state. As well, the current license with the Blackboard vendor ends December 2017. These two realities provide an opportunity to more thoroughly review ISU’s LMS needs and determine the future direction.

Between October 2016 and May 2017 myself and Mike Lohrbach, Director ITS Service Systems and Operations, will be co-leading an initiative to review the LMS and we are seeking broad input from across campus. A LMS Review website has been created to provide background and up to date information about the project. The site also includes a LMS Review Survey where faculty, staff, and students can provide input.
I encourage you to take a few minutes to complete the survey and share your insights. In early spring semester, I will use the Teaching Tip to communicate when vendors have been selected for a campus visit to demo their products, which will provide another opportunity for input.

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching