Review of Blackboard and Other Learning Management Systems to Be Conducted

Posted: 11/13/2020

NIU is in the final year of a three-year contract with Blackboard, the current Learning Management System (LMS) vendor. While faculty usage of Blackboard and overall satisfaction remains high, the university hasn’t conducted a formal evaluation of other LMS systems in many years.

The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) and the Division of Information Technology (DOIT) will be coordinating a review of learning management systems during this current academic year. The evaluation will be broad in scope with input from faculty and students on not only their current satisfaction with NIU’s current LMS (Blackboard Learn) but also what features, etc. are desired in an LMS moving forward. This review will include in-depth feature comparison and demonstrations of the leading learning management systems used in higher education today.

The evaluation will supply the data to prepare a recommendation that will influence whether an alternative LMS should be considered at this time.

The task force to guide the review process is being formed and a new website with more details is under development.

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