Thursday, February 14, 2008

LMS Evaluation Taskforce Report - Senate 2/19/08 noon

Colleagues, If you have an interest in the outcome of the Learning Management System Task Force recommendations (e.g., the future of Blackboard), I encourage you to attend this SCC Academic Senate meeting on Tuesday, February 19th, noon to 1 pm in RN 258. The LMS Report is a 15 minute agenda item at the end of the meeting.

The LMS Task Force has recommended, and the district-wide Educational Technology Committee has endorsed, the replacement of Blackboard with Desire2Learn, a competing e-learning platform.

The faculty co-chairs and available SCC members of the LMS Task Force will be at the Academic Senate meeting to discuss the process in more detail.

The SCC Academic Senate appointed members to the LMS Taskforce to represent faculty interests. During the taskforce’s work last semester, several emails to all faculty were sent out as invitations to explore the five systems evaluated – Bb Hosted, Moodle, Sakai, Angel Learning and Desire2Learn. I realize could have overlooked the invitations to test out the systems yourself. Please explore the demo class as a student using this URL and login information (faculty login has been included in mass emails to faculty but will not be posted on a public web page):

http://82showcase.desire2learn.com

Login info available by request

We look forward to working with you on migrating your Bb course to this new environment. Review the D2L website for Instructor Tools at http://www.desire2learn.com/learningenvironment/tools/instructor/

What are the next steps? Planning is underway on how to approach the migration for SCC faculty. We will be offering training both in person and as online 24/7 tutorials. We have identified key Blackboard courses to be transferred to D2L in the first steps. Soon we will be offering demonstrations of D2L. When? After the contract has been signed.