Transitioning platforms in support of teaching and learning… new LMS anyone?

I was reading up on Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania this morning, starting with an article about loaning out iPads in a business class, but also mentioning their legacy “LMS” platform called webCafe (cool name, don’t you think?). Unlike the rest of the University of Pennslyvania, since 1998, the Wharton School has used the eRoom business-based document sharing software package customized with some 3rd party tools like Cogix ViewsFlash survey software and the Questionmark Perception assessment platform. Undoubtedly these were chosen individually as best of breed at the time. But, like many of the rest of us, Wharton … Continue reading Transitioning platforms in support of teaching and learning… new LMS anyone?

Blackboard adding to its portfolio

Still no press releases to confirm Vicki Tambellini’s 12/30/2011 post that Blackboard has purchased data modeling/tools/analytics company, iStrategy Solutions. The price is rumored to be $12.5 million plus $1.5 million worth of Blackboard stock. Also potentially in the works (or is it already a done deal?), the acquisition of Presidium, a provider of 24/7 support for learning management systems. Continue reading Blackboard adding to its portfolio

This week’s LMS Choice Announcements

  As the end of life looms for Blackboard’s CE/Vista product increasingly regular reports are being received of institutions’ choices for its replacement. This week’s announcements included two large Blackboard clients, UMass and UEN (Utah Educational Network). UEN, not surprisingly, announced the decision to support their statewide network with Instructure, built by a Utah-based developer. Their announcement here. Today, UMass Amherst announced their decision to phase in Moodle over the next two years (just beating the event horizon for the CE/Vista end of life, Dec. 2013). John Dubach, CIO for UMass Amherst, writes of their decision. Continue reading This week’s LMS Choice Announcements

Notre Dame’s current FTEs and skill set supporting our CMS/LMS

  The University of Notre Dame has some unique characteristics, but these are not necessarily advantageous towards fully utilizing the best of teaching and learning technologies, including the LMS. The major factors your institution must consider when benchmarking your course management staffing: Does your institution have a School of Education? If you do, they will tend to keep the educational use of technology ‘fresh’ on your campus. Or perhaps I should say, they could do that, if you’re intentional about allowing them to. Does your institution have a distance education program? Are you thinking of starting or expanding one? Instructional … Continue reading Notre Dame’s current FTEs and skill set supporting our CMS/LMS

How my work might change: does open source require more FTEs to support?

(How my work might change if Notre Dame chose Sakai as its next LMS) No. No. And no. These are the repeated answers echoing from those who’ve switched from a proprietary LMS (or whatever three letter acronym we choose) to an open source LMS. (And pipe up here if you’re one of them. Tell us your story. Tell us why?). Then come the caveats. These are worth exploring. Especially in my shoes. With open source, you can choose how much change you’re willing to invest in. With open source, you can choose how much ‘give-back’ to the community your institution … Continue reading How my work might change: does open source require more FTEs to support?

Sakai 3 changes its name

The open source collaborative learning environment (CLE) or whatever we call it to compare it to other systems like it (maybe the point is that there ARE no others like it?), is no longer to be known as Sakai 3, but as Sakai OAE. The new three letter acronym stands for Open Academic Environment. We just hope a stable release is available soon. Does a reorganization of the project team mean that release is further out or that the team’s streamlining makes such a release due out sooner? Design Goals: http://confluence.sakaiproject.org/display/3AK/Sakai+3+Design+Goals Reorganization: http://confluence.sakaiproject.org/display/3AK/Project+overview Continue reading Sakai 3 changes its name

How my work might change: Governance

(How my work might change if Notre Dame chose Sakai as its next LMS) It doesn’t take much thought to acknowledge that any change presents opportunities along with it that wouldn’t otherwise be there. Congress takes advantage of this with nearly every bill it passes, bundling some more or less related legislature or budgetary consideration in with new law. Let’s please not go that far! But still, if you know you must change, you can consider a whole batch of other changes that might be beneficial to implement at the same time. You could design a whole new way of … Continue reading How my work might change: Governance