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.

  • Expert Demo Webinars
    Faculty-users from other universities will highlight features and functionality of their particular LMS and answer questions from participants.

  • Focus Groups
    Faculty and students are a critical part of the needs assessment that must take place to choose an LMS that works for everyone.  Click on this link to find the focus group dates and times, or to provide your comments online.

  • Faculty Learning and Inquiry Groups (FLINGs)
    In these CELTUA and IT Services-sponsored Learning Communities, faculty and students explore open source and in-house developed options, as well as the latest version of Blackboard. The FLINGs will take place on the Oxford, Hamilton and Middletown campuses.

  • LMS Lab Day
    On this day, faculty and students are invited to stop by and try each of the four applications under review and give feedback about each one.  

We strongly encourage students and faculty to provide their input and recommendations to this important project.