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Location Change for Vendor Presentations for New Learning Management System

CU-Boulder is in the process of choosing a new learning management system (LMS) to replace the current Blackboard Campus Edition 8. This software administers CU-Boulder’s online learning environment CULearn. The decision to select a new LMS is significant and needs as much input from faculty, staff, and students as possible.

There are two types of opportunities available for you to provide input:

Vendor Presentations, May 24-25

Presentations by the four finalists—Desire2Learn, Moodle Rooms, Blackboard, and Pearson/E-College—will be held Monday and Tuesday, May 24 and 25 in ATLAS 100. If you are interested in attending any or all of these presentations, contact Michelle Clifford (michelle.clifford@colorado.edu) as soon as possible.

There are two types of opportunities available for you to provide input:

Software Trial through June 15
In addition to their presentations, each of the four vendor finalists will set up a trial for CU-Boulder faculty, staff, and student evaluators to use their product. ITS and the selection committee will provide participants a basic “usability test” of about five common tasks to use as the basis of evaluation of the four products. The committee anticipates that it will take approximately 30 minutes per software to complete the usability test and fill out a short questionnaire about participants impressions of how well the products meet their needs. Participation in this part of the selection process can be done at any time between Monday, May 17 and Tuesday, June 15. If interested, contact Mark Inglis (mark.inglis@colorado.edu) as soon as possible. The committee will be able to compensate participants modestly if they provide data that allows comparison between the four products.

Because CULearn is used by so many faculty and students, choosing a new LMS product is one of the most important strategic technology decisions the campus will make over the next several years. Your participation is encouraged. For more information regarding the transition, contact Deborah Keyek-Franssen, Director of Academic Technology at deblkf@colorado.edu.


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