Update on the Learning Management System (LMS) Review

On March 2, 2017, the Iowa State Daily published a story entitled, “Seeking more reliability, Iowa State breaks up with Blackboard.” The story reported on the Learning Management System (LMS) review update presented to the Government of the Student Body by Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director, CELT. The original published article had multiple errors in it. Upon notification of these errors, the Daily staff quickly corrected the online article and re-titled it, “Seeking more reliability, Iowa State explores new LMS options.” In addition, the Daily staff will be providing an update to the March 3rd printed edition.

It is important for the campus community to know the following:

  • The current LMS license with Blackboard Learn ends December 2017. ISU has extended the license to accommodate the LMS transition until June 2018. All spring 2018 courses will be taught in the new LMS.

    This is stated on the LMS Review website.

  • Iowa State has not selected a new LMS.

    ISU’s Procurement Services: Request for Proposal (RFP) process provides concrete ways for Iowa State University to explore and evaluate multiple LMS options. To learn about Iowa State University’s process and access the LMS RFP visit ISU’s Procurement Services: Current Bid Solicitation.

  • The five phases of the LMS review process and timeline (organization, evaluation process, demonstration, migrations and implementation, and ongoing operations) are outlined on the LMS Review Process and Timeline website.

If you have any questions about the LMS review process contact LMS Review Co-Leads via email lmsreview@iastate.edu or contact Dr. Ann Marie VanDerZanden (vanderza@iastate.edu), Director Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), or Mike Lohrbach (mlbach@iastate.edu), Director IT Services Systems & Operations, Information Technology (IT).

If you have questions about the LMS RFP contact Eric Johnson (emj@iastate.edu) or call 515-294-4701.