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Learning Management System Evaluation & RFP

In the 2017-2018 academic year, APSU will evaluate D2L as it relates to our institutional needs, as well as alternative platforms.  In 2018, APSU’s D2L contract will be up for renewal. This evaluation process is standard and does not necessarily mean APSU will move away from D2L. A request for proposals (RFPs) was advertised in the Fall 2017 semester for learning management system platforms. View the Learning Management System RFP. *Note: link opens in new window.

Fall 2017 (September - December)

  • Convene LMS Evaluation Taskforce
  • Explore acquisition options
  • Advertise RFP
  • Explore RFP respondents' platforms
  • LMS Task Force and RFP Committee will explore LMS platforms identified via RFP proposal

Spring 2018 (January - May)

  • Explore RFP respondents' platforms
  • Live demonstrations by RFP respondents for all of APSU community
  • Finalize purchasing process
  • Begin SIS/LMS configuration
  • Begin External Learning Tool/LMS integrations
  • Begin data migration
  • Verify integrity of migrated data
  • Start planning data recovery/historical data acquisition

Summer 2018 (June - August)

  • Train stakeholders
  • Continue recovering historical data
  • Roll-out of chosen LMS

The LMS Evaluation Task Force is comprised of faculty, staff and students. They will be responsible for vetting and approving technical specs for the RFP.


LMS Task Force Members

  • Marcy Maurer, Professor & Chair of Health and Human Performance
  • Bruce Myers, Professor & Chair of Computer Science & Information Technology
  • Robert Baron, Professor & Graduate Coordinator of Department of Communication
  • Judy Molnar, Associate Vice President & Chief Information Officer
  • Kathryn Zimmerman, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Larry Lowrance, Professor, Department of Educational Specialties
  • Joanna Humphrey, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Specialties
  • Allie Michael, Learning Opportunities Coordinator
  • Amanda Walker, Director of Career Services
  • David Sanford, Adaptive Technology Coordinator, Office of Disability Services
  • Duane Kessler, Graduate Student Volunteer
  • Jordan Reedy, SGA Vice President
  • Ron Harper, Undergraduate Student Volunteer
  • Natalie Castillo, Undergraduate Student Volunteer

The Request for Proposal (RFP) committee will be responsible for taking part in the RFP process for Learning Management Systems. An RFP is a standard purchasing procedure, and the RFP was advertised on October 3, 2017. This committee will review respondent's proposals, and will meet regularly with the LMS Task Force to keep them informed of progress. In Spring of 2018, the RFP committee will select and announce the final candidate.

RFP Members

  • Pari Bhatt, Sr. Instructional Designer, Distance Education
  • Michael Johnson, Analyst, Distance Education
  • Amanda Walker, Director of Career Services
  • Anne Wall, Professor, College of Education
  • John Wood, Assistant Director Enterprise Applications, Information Technology

Each LMS vendor will have 2 demo sessions. All demos will be in the UC Ballroom C.

 

Monday, January 22, 2018, Blackboard
8:30 am – 10:30 am
1:45 pm – 3:45 pm


Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Canvas
8:30 am – 10:30 am
1:45 pm – 3:45 pm

 

Friday, January 26, 2018, D2L
8:30 am – 10:30 am
1:45 pm – 3:45 pm

 

We encourage you to fill out a demo evaluation rubrics based on your role within the university. All demo evaluation rubrics were vetted by the LMS Task Force and can be located under "Demo Evaluation Rubrics.

We encourage you to fill out a demo evaluations based on your role within the university. All evaluation rubrics were vetted by the LMS Task Force. Note: links open in new windows.


Faculty/Staff Demo Evaluation
Student Demo Evaluation

Why is APSU evaluating our LMS?

  • D2L contract is up for renewal. This is a standard process, and APSU is not necessarily leaving D2L.

When will the evaluation take place?

  • The entire process will be happening between Fall 2017- August 2018. Please refer to the timeline above for more details.

If I am not on the LMS Task Force Committee or the RFP committee, can I still be involved in the evaluation?

  • Yes! You can attend the demo sessions and complete the evaluations. All evaluation rubrics were vetted by the LMS Task Force and can be located under "Demo Evaluation Rubrics."

Who should I contact for questions regarding LMS Evaluation?

  • Contact the Distance Education department at online@apsu.edu or (931) 221-6625 with any questions.