What is an LMS?

A Learning Management System (LMS) is a web-based platform used by faculty to share content, administer assessments and communicate with students. For the last five years, Desire2Learn (D2L) has been the primary LMS on the CU Boulder campus.

Is D2L going away?

This will be determined as a part of the LMS Evaluation and Selection initiative. No decisions have been made yet. The purpose of the initiative is to determine whether D2L meets the needs of our faculty and students, and if not, to select the best LMS solution for CU Boulder based on a wide range of criteria. If D2L is not selected, then it will be replaced.

When does the current LMS contract expire?

The LMS contract expires in two years. If at the end of this initiative the decision is made to move to another LMS, we will extend the D2L contract for as long as is needed to ensure a smooth transition.

Why is CU Boulder evaluating LMS?

Changes in pedagogy and technology encourage a regular evaluation of the systems that are needed to meet those needs. The initiative teams are looking for the LMS solution that best meets the teaching, learning, administrative, and technical needs of the CU Boulder campus.

What is the desired outcome of the evaluation?

The goal of the evaluation is to select a LMS that best meets the teaching, learning, administrative, and technical needs of the CU Boulder campus. This may mean we stay with D2L, or it may mean we transition to a different LMS.

Will D2L be considered in the evaluation process?

D2L will be considered alongside other LMS vendors that submit a proposal as a part of the Request for Proposal process. Additional information about which vendors are being considered will be provided as the initiative progresses.

Who will be conducting the evaluation?

The evaluation is being conducted by two teams: a Faculty Working Group that focuses on requirements gathered from faculty, students, and staff, as well as an Information Technology Working Group that focuses on technology and support requirements. More information about the working groups and other groups involved in the initiative is available on the Committees page of the LMS Evaluation Initiative website.

How was the evaluation team selected?

In order to ensure broad campus representation, the initiative sponsors and steering committee nominated participants. The initiative team also recruited faculty who expressed interest in this effort and subject matter experts from within OIT to participate.

When will the evaluation take place?

The evaluation will begin in the spring. A full timeline is available on the LMS Initiative website.

How long will the evaluation process last?

The evaluation will run through the spring term. A full timeline is available on the LMS Initiative website.

What criteria will be used in vendor selection?

The Faculty and IT Working Groups are in the process of establishing specific evaluation criteria. If you have criteria that you would like addressed in this initiative, please fill out the Contact Us form.

How will a product be chosen?

Vendors that respond to the Request for Proposals will be evaluated based on their responses. The initiatve team will narrow the candidates based on an initial, high-level evaluation. The reduced list of vendors will undergo a more in-depth evaluation by the initiative teams, who will make the final selection based on the results.

When will the decision to stay with D2L or move to a different LMS be made?

A decision on whether we will continue with D2L or move to a different LMS will be made by the end of the spring term. A full timeline is available on the LMS Initiative website.

Is there a way for me to be involved in the evaluation?

Yes. If you would like to be involved, complete the Contact Us form or contact the IT Service Center at (303) 735-4357 or help@colorado.edu.

What happens to D2L if the decision is made to change CU Boulder's LMS?

If D2L is not selected, a new initiative will launch to plan and conduct a gradual transition to the new LMS.

If the decision is to move to another platform, will there be a pilot of the selected LMS?

 

While there are currently no plans to conduct a pilot of the selected LMS, during the evaluation, faculty, students, and staff will have opportunity to test LMS candidates (prior to a decision). Please fill out the Contact Us form if you are interested in participating in the evaluation.

If the decision is made to move to a different LMS, what would be the implementation schedule?

The current initiative timeline is available for review. While details about the implementation are included, they are subject to change.

Whom can I contact with questions about the LMS Evaluation and Selection initiative?

If you have questions about this initiative, complete the Contact Us form or contact the IT Service Center at (303) 735-4357 or help@colorado.edu. A team member will follow up with you.