The use of Blackboard in traditional face-to-face courses has been continuously increasing at Miami. In addition, the institution foresees rapid growth in hybrid and online courses, increasing the importance they will play in meeting Miami’s instructional mission. This new context demands a learning management system that is quick to learn, easy to use, reliable, and able to accommodate academic needs. In addition, the current version of Blackboard, version 8.0 will not have full support after June 2011.
To continue Blackboard’s full support, an upgrade to version 9.0 is necessary. Since version 9.0 is significantly different from our current version and makes retraining necessary, this is the perfect time to explore alternatives that may be more aligned with the needs of faculty and students. This requires every one of us to give careful consideration to what we need and want in a learning management system. This project provides an opportunity for anyone who is interested to examine systems that may have functionality and support more aligned with their needs.
This Learning Management System (LMS) Project website allows anyone from the university to offer comments and suggestions. Please choose the appropriate heading on the left and enter your comments.
We strongly encourage students and faculty to provide their input and recommendations to this important project.