Learning Management System Background

The current configuration of Blackboard Learn as a locally hosted (on ISU servers) LMS product is reaching an end of life state. The current license with the Blackboard vendor ends December 2017. If ISU continues with Blackboard as the LMS a new configuration to a Blackboard cloud hosted situation will be required. There is opportunity to review other LMS options from October 2016 - May 2017 to determine the future direction. A change will have to be made: either to the cloud hosted version of Blackboard, which will be a product with a very different look and feel; or to a different LMS product.

In addition to the LMS review at ISU, Regent Universities continue to partner and implement efficiencies that support recommendations in the TIER report in 2015. The University of Iowa migrated to Canvas in summer 2017 (from Desire to Learn) in part because of their involvement with the Unizen consortium. The current Blackboard Learn contract the University of Northern Iowa expires on September 30, 2019 and they are also reviewing LMS options.  Actions taken at ISU will include discussions with and inclusion of the Regent institutions.

Quick Overview of LMS Review Process

Who: The review and implementation process will be co-led by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and the Office of the CIO.

What: Review LMS options from October 2016 - May 2017 to determine current and future teaching and technological needs for an LMS product.

Why: The current LMS license with Blackboard Learn ends December 2017. ISU has extended the license to accommodate the LMS transition until June 2018, (*for only central IT staff access to manage transition). All spring 2018 courses will be taught in the new LMS. *clarification added to reflect context of 2-14-17 Faculty Senate meeting presentation (4-14-17)

Questions? 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).