The initiative to review Blackboard and other Learning Management Systems (LMS) as part of a formal procurement process continues to move forward. Following extensive testing of five LMSs this winter, the task force has selected two platforms for further testing spring term: Canvas and Sakai. These two platforms are being tested in 24 credit courses from across the curriculum. We are gathering feedback from nearly 2,000 students, 24 faculty, 38 GTFs, and library and IT staff through user surveys, usability studies, and focus groups.
All five platforms (Blackboard, Canvas, Desire2Learn, Oba and Sakai) are still under consideration.
The Task Force will reconvene in late June, after spring term grades are submitted and assessment data are analyzed. Based on the Task Force recommendation, we will conduct further assessment for technical feasibility, ease of integrations with systems like Banner, etc., policy implications. We will also conduct off-list reference checks with comparable institutions. The Task Force anticipates making a final recommendation by fall, if not earlier.
Special thanks to our spring term faculty colleagues and students who are pilot testing.
Update to the UO Senate, May 13, 2014:
The LMS review team is looking for 20 students using Sakai, Canvas or both in their courses to participate in on-campus focus groups.
Student participants will get lunch and a $30.00 campus cash card. Interested? Complete the online form to let us know.
The LMS review team is seeking UO faculty to participate in one hour, one-on-one usability sessions using the two spring term pilot learning management systems – Canvas and Sakai. These individual sessions will be scheduled during the weeks of April 7th-18th at the faculty member’s convenience.
This is a great opportunity for faculty to not only test out each system but also share their thoughts and concerns about adopting a new, or keeping the current, LMS. Please consider participating in the process. We need your feedback!
To sign up for a session, please contact Kirstin Hierholzer at email@example.com.
Thanks for supporting the LMS review process.
The LMS review team is currently working with faculty pilot volunteers to create their spring term courses in either Canvas or Sakai. Faculty will pilot these platforms throughout the term and provide feedback to the LMS team via surveys and focus groups.
Students enrolled in the pilot courses will also be asked to provide feedback about their experiences using the systems.
If you’d like to learn more about the spring term pilot participants, check out the list of faculty volunteers and the courses they will teach.
We’ll also be conducting usability studies with UO instructors new to both pilot platforms. If you’re a UO instructor and interested in providing feedback on the two systems, please contact Kirstin Hierholzer at firstname.lastname@example.org These usability sessions will be scheduled early to mid-April.
Based on the feedback from UO faculty and technical staff, the LMS Review Task Force has identified two platforms to test during courses spring term, 2014: Canvas and Sakai.
Help and training resources for spring pilot instructors, GTFs and students.
Canvas Help Log into Canvas
Sakai Help Log into Sakai
Report a Problem with Canvas or Sakai
Please note: All platforms, including Blackboard, ObaVerse, Desire to Learn, Canvas and Sakai are still under consideration until a final decision is made.
The LMS Task Force has selected the following vendors for a series of pilots during winter and spring 2014.
- Canvas by Instructure
- Oba by University of Oregon
- Sakai by Longsight
Thank you! We have received an overwhelmingly number of faculty, GTFs and technical support staff interested in helping with the selection. Dozens of faculty, GTFs and technical support staff will be testing all five systems during Winter term 2014. During Spring term 2014, live pilot testing will be extended to faculty and students in courses.
As you know, the campus is in the process of selecting a new learning management system. Our current version of Blackboard has been in place for several years, and the market now offers newer alternatives that we can consider, including a different version of Blackboard.
The process began last spring with focused interviews with faculty. We also invited different vendors to campus for open presentations on their products. This fall, we issued a formal “Request for Proposals,” and the review committee is now in the process of evaluating those. We hope to limit the selection down to a 2-3 finalists. Those products will be testing in classroom settings winter and spring terms.
The final selection will happen at the end of spring term. We will take a full year for implementation and training. Our current Blackboard license has been extended to cover us through the entire process.
It is important to have this process be faculty-driven. Several faculty are on the review committee. If you are interested in testing out one of the finalists in a course, please sign up for the pilot. Your participation is greatly appreciated. If you would like a member of the committee to attend a departmental meeting to discuss the process and get your feedback we would be happy to do that as well.
Review Task Force Chair
The University of Oregon has issued an Addendum to the Learning Management System RFP procurement to update and replace Exhibit E and to respond to vendor questions.
Please use the following link to access Addendum No. 1 for details: https://secure.ous.edu/bid/opportunities/1277.
RFP for Learning Management System (LMS)
This opportunity closes on 11/15/2013 at 05:00pm
The University of Oregon is conducting a formal procurement for a Learning Management System (LMS) that is in use currently and is successfully meeting the needs of the medium-to-large academic research university market. For details, please see the documents at the link below. The RFP is posted at
Solicitation Number PCS # 250000-0011-RFP
We have successfully concluded the RFI process.
Thanks to all the vendors who responded. We appreciate learning more about your product and your company.
Thanks to all the UO faculty, staff and students who participated in the visits and shared your feedback, comments and ideas with us.
Thanks to all the Task Force members for coordinating and examining the solutions presented, and carefully integrating the feedback we received into the next stage of the process.
We will begin the Request for Proposals process Fall 2013. Stay tuned for updates, or see the updated timeline.