On Friday, February 21, Les James and I gave an online webinar called a Tech Talk. We reviewed the progress of the LMS review so far and gave a brief overview of the three systems: Canvas, Desire2Learn, and New Blackboard.
Here is a link to the Tech Talk: http://youtu.be/tzdBQF4gpPM
Here are some of the questions we received during our Talk:
Q: Does Canvas have a Windows app?
A: Not yet.
Q: Can we write custom apps against Canvas?
A: Yes. We’ll have to figure out how to maintain security for the system.
Q: Is there an easy transition to other LMSs from Blackboard?
A: Yes, but this will also be a good opportunity for instructors to think about their courses, their organization, and if there are any new capabilities in a new LMS that they’d like to take advantage of.
Q: What is the approximate date that we’d start with a new LMS?
A: We’ll probably start in Fall 2014. I hope everyone is excited!
Q: What happens to archived courses in Blackboard?
A: We’ll keep an archive of Blackboard courses for some time. We want to ease the transition from one to the other, so we’re not going to yank the rug out from under our instructors.
Q: When will a decision be made?
A: We’re expecting the committee to make a recommendation this spring.
Q: Could you minimize confusion by transitioning entire departments?
A: Yes, we have seen other universities give deadlines for departments instructing them to move their material by a certain date; however we might be more sensitive to our users if we go college by college and see when they can move their courses over or do it in clusters of classes. No decision has been made yet, but it will be interesting to see what people would prefer and we will develop a plan taking these recommendations into account.