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Our faculty is interested in exploring alternatives to our current LMS. Has anyone gone through the process of exploring LMS options or actually transitioned to a new system within the last year or so? Would you be willing to share any information that was helpful in making an informed decision?
My fear is that we will not get adequate faculty participation in the evaluation and selection process and a decision may be made that is not in the best interests of the college. It seems that the feature sets of current LMS products are more similar than ever. While not terribly dissatisfied with our current system (Blackboard), we have a twelve year investment in getting comfortable using and supporting it. Changing to a new LMS would be painful, but we are willing to do it if there are strong benefits. Obviously there would be cost savings by going with an open source option but we would probably go with a supported and possibly hosted solution if we went the open source route.
Here are the products most often mentioned on our campus:
Desire to Learn
OpenClass (New Pearson/Google product)
Are there other LMS’s that we should be considering? Any advice, suggestions or words of wisdom?
John R. Ellis
Executive Director Information Technology Services
The College of Saint Rose
432 Western Avenue
Albany, New York 12203