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Learn 9.1

IT12-77 Learn 9.1 Implementation Project

Description:

Our current learning management system (LMS), Blackboard CE8, will reach end of life by January 2013, meaning that the vendor will no longer support the application after that date. With input from students and faculty, we have investigated which learning management system will replace our current version of Blackboard. Learn 9.1 has been chosen as it provides needed features and functionality.

The vetting process spanned a period of six months. OIT received very valuable feedback from our learning community through surveys, hands-on events, and demonstrations. Over 86% of students polled responded that an LMS (Learning Management System) was essential to their educational needs.

Migration to the new LMS has begun, with an expected rollout for Spring 2013 semester.

Project Timeline and Feedback Results

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Events / Timeline

Learning Management System Search Timeline 

 

Student Feedback

Feedback

Feedback from faculty, students and staff is a critical component in the selection process for the new learning management system.  Over the next 6 months, OIT will be conducting surveys, demonstrations and hands-on events to help get the input we need from the UTSA community. Below you will find the results of our efforts to gather feedback to date.  

Students

We recently polled students regarding the current learning management system - Blackboard CE8. 1,021 students responded and the results are shown below.

Do you feel that a learning management system (like Blackboard) contributes to your success at UTSA?

youChoose Student Poll Results

 

What changes would make a learning management system more useful to you?

youChoose Student Poll Results

Interface:

"I do not find the user interface to be very intuitive. Also, there is too much variation in how the interface looks from one instructor to the next."

Mobile:

"Because mobile phones are a big part of a college student's life, I think the mobile app would make it more it efficient."

Technical:

"If there was a way to sync my Blackboard messages to my UTSA mail account that would be helpful."

Faculty:

"Blackboard could be a good learning tool but most professors I've had don't update it much." "I benefit from blackboard when my professors utilize it. I learn faster if my professors post notes such as powerpoints, reviews and has a section open so that students can communicate with each other if need be."

 

What features of a learning management system contribute most heavily to your success?

youChoose Student Poll Results

Grades:

"Blackboard has been useful to me in that it allows access to my grades and it’s another form of communication with my instructor outside of class."

Communication:

"Communication with fellow students and team members;"

Organization:

"Availability of all class materials is centralized: class rosters, messaging/board/chat areas for discussion, grade display"

Content:

"Getting class notes, syllabi, announcements, PowerPoint presentations, practice exams."

Assessment:

"I also like how professors can administer quizzes on blackboard."

Faculty Feedback

Feedback

Feedback from faculty is a critical component in the selection process for the new learning management system.  Over the next 6 months,  OIT will be conducting surveys, demonstrations and hands-on events to help get  the input we need from the UTSA community. Below you will find the results of  our efforts to gather feedback to date.

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Faculty Advisory Group

Notes from the LMS Faculty Advisory Group Meeting 6/23/11 (PDF)

Faculty Survey

We are currently surveying faculty on Blackboard CE 8, the current learning management system – Please take a few minutes and complete the survey!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B5V25NL

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Estimated Delivery:

Learn 9.1 will be available to faculty in August, 2012, and to students in January, 2013.


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