Villanova University has utilized Blackboard Learn 9.1 since Summer 2011. Over the past several months, UNIT has been reviewing possible replacement systems as the LMS landscape has dramatically shifted over the past 6 years. To date we have partnered with the Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL) to form a faculty guidance committee with representatives of each college, began researching possible replacement systems (inclusive of both technological capability as well as available market analysis), and met with the program owners of fully online programs.
During the review period, it was determined that Instructure Canvas and Desire2Learn BrightSpace Daylight are viable replacements to Blackboard Learn.
The decision to renew our Blackboard contract or migrate to a new system is one that has the potential to impact all levels of the university; as such, faculty feedback is extremely important throughout this process.
September 2017: Two vendor day presentations for Blackboard, Instructure, and Desire2Learn.
October 2017: Decision to be made whether to pilot Desire2Learn or Instructure.
October 2017-December 2017: Implementation of the extended evaluation system.
January 2018- May 2018: Conduct an extended evaluation of the possible replacement.
May 2018: Decision to stay with Bb or switch systems.
We will have representatives from online learning management system providers on-campus to provide in-person reviews of their product roadmaps. Each vendor will present for one hour, each day. We invite all faculty and other members of the Villanova community to attend and provide feedback; a more detailed schedule is below.
For those of you who were not able to attend our LMS Vendor Days in September, you can view the presentations online here (Please enter your Villanova userid & password to watch)
After watching the presentations, we invite you to share your feedback via the following surveys:
D2L - Brightspace Survey: http://bit.ly/vud2lsurvey
Instructure - Canvas Survey: http://bit.ly/vuinstsurvey
Blackboard Survey: http://bit.ly/vubbsurvey
Your thoughtful feedback will be carefully considered in the decision-making process regarding the upcoming LMS pilot in Spring 2018 and Villanova’s future LMS selection.