As the higher education landscape changes and evolves, our instructional technologies need to be responsive and adaptive. To support the bold goal of Complete 2021, tripling the number of credentials offered by our 23 community colleges, we must be equally bold and secure in the technology platforms in place. In spring 2016, over 72,000 students were enrolled in distance learning classes, comprising over 43% of total course enrollments. Online learning has moved from a choice to a necessary part of the path towards program completion. Studies demonstrate that student success in an online classroom is dependent on student engagement and that students need to be able to interact with course content on mobile devices. An LMS needs assessment will gather the data necessary to ensure we have the right platforms in place for student success and will allow teaching and learning support staff to target training to enhance support for new and emerging pedagogies.

As a system, what do we need from an LMS today and what will we need 5-10 years from now?


  1. Background analysis

  2. LMS needs assessment

  3. Information from vendors

  4. Demonstrations and evaluations of vendors

  5. Recommendations


Fall 2016-Spring 2017

  • Completion of background analysis, LMS needs assessment and information from vendors (including informal vendor evaluation)

April 2017-Summer 2017

  • Demonstrations and formal vendor evaluations

August 2017

  • Final committee recommendations¬†
    • LMS

    • Training needs

    • Administrative needs

Key Considerations

  1. Value delivered and added (student satisfaction & success, faculty satisfaction)

  2. Infrastructure

  3. Cost

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