Learning Management System (LMS) Review
EKU is embarking on an evaluation of learning management systems. The process of evaluation will involve faculty and students and will last throughout the 2016 and 2017 calendar years. Once a decision is made, implementation and migration will take place throughout the 2017 and 2018 calendar years. Currently, vendors under consideration include Blackboard SaaS, Instructure Canvas, and Desire2Learn Brightspace.
See the Timeline for more details, which will be updated throughout the process.
Watch a recording of one of our LMS Evaluation Update Forums.
Product Demonstrations were conducted during March and April of 2016 for all three candidate systems. Links to recordings of the viewings are available on the menu to the left.
Sandbox environments have been provided as well for each system - in the sandbox faculty members can create, import, and modify courses in order to test the new systems. If you would like an account for one or more sandboxes, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently we have a BIO 101 Showcase course available for viewing on each system - this course has been imported and cleaned up for all three systems by IT and Instructional Design staff. All faculty members should have received an email with login instructions - if you have any questions or comments on the showcase course, please send an email to email@example.com.
In March of 2017 we will send out a ballot to all faculty in order to poll your opinions on the three systems. A final decision will be made after the votes have been received and analyzed.
Product Demonstration – these will be product demonstrations staged by product vendors, likely to include presentations to groups of EKU faculty and staff. These demonstrations will be recorded and made available for anyone to view on this website.
Sandbox – a sandbox will be a test environment for an LMS. In the sandbox you will be able to create a test course to play with and evaluate the different features and the interface for the LMS. A sandbox course IS NOT a course actually being taught and is not a permanently archived course in the university. It is only a place for you to play with a new system.