LMS review participants: We need your evaluations

Faculty, staff and students who have participated in evaluations of Brightspace Desire2Learn, Canvas or Blackboard Ultra can submit feedback by clicking on the links below. The deadline to submit evaluations is Friday, April 5. 

Faculty and Staff

Students

Update: Three LMS providers inivited to campus 

Three systems – Blackboard Ultra, Canvas and Brightspace Desire2Learn – have been named as possible providers of Purdue’s next learning management system; open demonstrations in March will showcase the systems on Purdue’s campuses.

In March, teams representing each learning management system will visit all three physical campuses to meet with taskforces and committees overseeing the review. Open demonstrations for faculty, staff and students will also be held on each campus. To accommodate Purdue Global, Statewide Locations and anyone unable to attend in person, all open demonstrations will be streamed live.

Open demonstrations for faculty and staff are scheduled for:

Brightspace Desire2Learn

  • Fort Wayne: March 13, from 10-11:15 a.m. or 1:30-2:45 p.m., in Walb Union International Ballroom, Salon A; to attend sessions virtually, click here (password is: brightspace). 
  • Northwest: March 6, from 10-11:15 a.m. or 1:30-2:45 p.m. (CST) in Lawshe 131; to attend sessions virtually, click here.
  • West Lafayette: March 4, from 10-11:15 a.m. or 1:30-2:45 p.m., in the Co-Rec Feature Gym; click here to register to attend. To attend virtually, click here

Canvas

  • Fort Wayne: March 22, from 10-11:15 a.m. or 1:30-2:15 p.m., in Walb Union International Ballroom, Salon A; to attend sessions virtually, click here (password is: canvas).
  • Northwest: March 19 from 10-11:15 a.m. or 1:30-2:15 p.m. (CST) in SULB 321; to attend sessions virtually, click here.
  • West Lafayette: March 18, from 10-11:15 a.m. or 1:30-2:45 p.m., in the Co-Rec Feature Gym; click here to register to attend. To attend virtually, click here

Blackboard Ultra

  • Fort Wayne: March 27, from 10-11:15 a.m. or 1:30-2:15 p.m., in Walb Union International Ballroom, Salon A; to attend sessions virtually, click here (password is: blackboard).
  • Northwest: March 28 from 10-11:15 a.m. or 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. (CST) in SULB 321; to attend sessions virtually, click here.
  • West Lafayette: March 26, from 10-11:15 a.m. or 1:30-2:45 p.m., in the Co-Rec Feature Gym; click here to register to attend. To attend virtually, click here.

Open demonstrations for students are scheduled for: 

Brightspace Desire2Learn

  • Fort Wayne: March 13, from 11:30-12:15 p.m., in Walb Union International Ballroom, Salon A. to attend sessions virtually, click here (password is: canvas).
  • Northwest: March 6, from 11:30-12:15 p.m (CST) in Lawshe 131; to attend sessions virtually, click here.
  • West Lafayette: March 4, , from 11:30-12:15 p.m., in the Co-Rec Feature Gym; click here to register to attend. To attend virtually, click here.

Canvas

  • Fort Wayne: March 22, , from 11:30-12:15 p.m., in Walb Union International Ballroom, Salon A; to attend sessions virtually, click here (password is: canvas).
  • Northwest: March 19 , from 11:30-12:15 p.m (CST) in SULB 321; to attend sessions virtually, click here.
  • West Lafayette: March 18, from 11:30-12:15 p.m., in the Co-Rec Feature Gym; click here to register to attend.  To attend virtually, click here.

Blackboard Ultra

  • Fort Wayne: March 27, from 11:30-12:15 p.m., in Walb Union International Ballroom, Salon A; to attend sessions virtually, click here (password is: blackboard).
  • Northwest: March 28, from 11:30-12:15 p.m (CST) in SULB 321; to attend sessions virtually, click here.
  • West Lafayette: March 26, from 11:30-12:15 p.m., in the Co-Rec Feature Gym; click here to register to attend. To attend virtually, click here.

In addition, temporary accounts are available for Blackboard Ultra, Canvas and Brightspace D2L, and allow guests to create and view courses as well as explore the various features of each system.

Meeting attendees, and those who evaluate the different systems, will be asked to provide evaluations of each system. Those evaluations will be used by the review’s executive steering committee to help make a final recommendation. 

Update: Request for Proposal 

On Jan. 3, the request for proposal for a new learning management system was published, outlining the requirements - gathered via feedback from faculty, staff and students - that the University community would like to see in its next LMS. Posted below are the request for proposal along with two attachments that outline faculty-provided "case studies" that evaluators will consider  when comparing any potential new system. To view the entire request for proposal, visit www.purdue.edu/business/procurement and click on "Open Bids." 

Project Overview

The roles of Learning Management Systems (LMS) in higher education, and the technology they rely on, are constantly evolving. Purdue is initiating a system-wide, comprehensive review of its Learning Management System (LMS) needs, with a focus on the changing and diverse needs of the university’s courses and programs, such as large and small residential courses, online classes, and non-credit and massive open online courses.

The LMS Review, initiated by Jay Akridge, Purdue’s Provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, and Gerry McCartney, Executive Vice President for Purdue Online and Oesterle Professor of Informaton Technology, will explore the opportunities for the entire Purdue system.

Background

Currently, Purdue’s West Lafayette and Northwest campuses are under contract with Blackboard Learn; Purdue Fort Wayne has a separate contract with Blackboard Learn, and Purdue Global uses Brightspace Desire to Learn, also known as D2L.

Purdue has no centralized LMS for non-credit offerings and a wide variety of technologies are used at the program and course level to serve specific learning management needs. Although the University has had a long relationship with Blackboard Learn, that management system is being upgraded to Blackboard Ultra, meaning if Purdue stayed with its current LMS provider, significant changes are likely.

Purdue’s West Lafayette campus last reviewed learning management systems during the 2014-2015 school year; Purdue Global last reviewed its LMS needs in 2016. Unlike previous reviews, the current effort will not be a comparison between two competing LMS’s, but rather a comprehensive review of both the University’s needs and the options available, which have significantly changed both in scope and technology.

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