We will post all communications and announcements that are distributed about the LMS review on this page.  Please check back frequently to make sure that you don't miss any important announcements.

Questions? Please email lms-review@tamu.edu

View the LMS Timeline Graphic: IT Governance LMS Review Timeline (PDF)

April LMS Survey Email Announcement (Distributed 4/05/2019)

Get Involved, Stay Informed, Be Heard

Texas A&M University's current contract with Blackboard Learn (eCampus) will expire on August 31, 2021. As a result, Texas A&M Vice President of IT and Chief Information Officer, Dee Childs, directed the IT Governance program to develop a faculty-centric Learning Management System (LMS) selection committee to review LMS products currently available in the marketplace.


The LMS Selection Committee, comprised of representatives from all Texas A&M colleges and campuses, was formed on September 14, 2018, and will submit a recommendation for a replacement LMS by Summer, 2019. A new LMS for Texas A&M will be selected and phased in to replace the current LMS by 2021.

Following three months of vendor demonstrations, hands-on workshops with vendors, trial accounts with each LMS, webinars and faculty and staff forums, the time has come to add your voice to the selection process and vote on the final LMS recommendation.

Please take this short survey at u.tamu.edu/lms-survey by April 17 and have your voice heard.

For more information, please visit the LMS Review website at u.tamu.edu/lmsreview.

Questions or concerns? Email lms-review@tamu.edu.

March Feedback Forum Email Announcement (Distributed 3/28/2019)

Get Involved, Stay Informed, Be Heard

The Learning Management System (LMS) Review Feedback Forums will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to discuss their impressions of each of the LMS systems reviewed. Please attend this event to provide feedback to your peers and to the LMS Review Sub-Committee.


For more information about these and other upcoming LMS Review events, please visit the LMS Review website.

Questions and concerns can be sent to lms-review@tamu.edu.

March Email Announcement (Distributed 3/11/2019)

Get Involved, Stay Informed, Be Heard

The Brightspace by D2L Learning Management Team will be on the College Station campus on Monday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 19 to demonstrate their Learning Management System (LMS) and answer questions about their product. Brightspace is the second of three vendors providing demonstrations for the LMS Review project the campus is conducting to replace the current LMS, Blackboard Learn.

Don’t miss your opportunity to provide input on the new LMS selection.

Brightspace Ultra Presentations

Brightspace Hands-On Workshops

  • Introduction to Brightspace Workshop
    March 19, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6175

  • Brightspace Open Lab
    March 19, 10:00 AM - Noon
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6177

  • Introduction to Brightspace Workshop
    March 19, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6176

  • Brightspace Open Lab
    March 19, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6178

  • Advanced Brightspace Workshop
    March 19, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6179


Brightspace Webinars

Visit Brightspace Events for times and access links.

For more information about these and other upcoming LMS Review events, please visit the LMS Review website.

Questions and concerns can be sent to lms-review@tamu.edu.

 

February Email Announcement (Distributed 2/11/2019)

Get Involved, Stay Informed, Be Heard

The Blackboard Ultra Learning Management Team will be on the College Station campus on Monday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 19 to demonstrate their Learning Management System (LMS) and answer questions about their product. Blackboard is the second of three vendors providing demonstrations for the LMS Review project the campus is conducting to replace the current LMS, Blackboard Learn.

Don’t miss your opportunity to provide input on the new LMS selection.

Blackboard Ultra Presentations

Blackboard Ultra Hands-On Workshops

  • Introduction to Blackboard Ultra Workshop
    February 19, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6170

  • Blackboard Ultra Open Lab
    February 19, 10:00 AM - Noon
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6173

  • Introduction to Blackboard Ultra Workshop
    February 19, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6172 

  • Blackboard Ultra Open Lab
    February 19, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6174 

  • Advanced Blackboard Ultra Workshop
    February 19, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6181


Blackboard Ultra Webinars

Visit Blackboard Ultra Events for times and access links.

For more information about these and other upcoming LMS Review events, please visit the LMS Review website.

Questions and concerns can be sent to lms-review@tamu.edu.

January Email Announcement (Distributed 1/24/2019)

Get Involved, Stay Informed, Be Heard

The Canvas Learning Management Team will be on the College Station campus on Monday, January 28 and Tuesday, January 29 to demonstrate their Learning Management System (LMS) and answer questions about their product. Canvas is the first of three vendors providing demonstrations for the LMS Review project the campus is conducting to replace the current LMS, Blackboard Learn.

Don’t miss your opportunity to provide input on the new LMS selection.

Canvas Vendor Presentations

Canvas Hands-on Workshops

  • Introduction to Canvas Workshop
    January 29, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6163 

  • Canvas Open Lab
    January 29, 10:00 AM-Noon
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6167 

  • Introduction to Canvas Workshop
    January 29, 1:00 -2:00 PM
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6165 

  • Open Lab
    January 29, 2:00-3:30 PM
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6168

  • Advanced Canvas Workshop
    January 29, 3:30-4:30 PM
    ITS Classroom - 004 Heldenfels Hall
    Register: TrainTraq Session 6180

Canvas Webinars

Visit Canvas Events for times and access links.

For more information about these and other upcoming LMS Review events, please visit the LMS Review website.

December Email Announcement (Distributed 12/20/2018)

LMS Selection Committee

Sent on behalf of the IT Governance - Learning Management System Selection Sub-Committee

Texas A&M's current contract with eCampus (a.k.a. Blackboard Learn) will expire on August 31, 2021. As a result, Texas A&M Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer, M. Dee Childs, directed the IT Governance program to develop a faculty-centric Learning Management System (LMS) selection committee to review LMS systems currently available in the marketplace. A new LMS for Texas A&M will be selected and phased in to replace the current LMS by 2021.

The LMS Selection Committee (LMS-SC), comprised of representatives from all TAMU colleges and campuses, was formed on September 14, 2018 and will submit a recommendation for a replacement LMS by Summer, 2019, to the IT Governance - Executive IT Council.

The LMS-SC, a part of the IT Governance Program - Teaching & Transformational Learning Technologies Committee (TTLTC), is co-chaired by Dr. James Snell, Director of Instructional Technology Services, and Dr. Catharina Laporte, Chairperson of the TTLTC. Over the past four months, the LMS-SC reviewed numerous systems and identified three LMS finalists: Canvas, Blackboard Ultra, and Brightspace (Desire2Learn).

To ensure all members of the Texas A&M University community have a voice in the selection of our next LMS, the LMS-SC has developed a selection process that includes multiple opportunities to participate in live vendor demonstrations, hands-on workshops, webinars, surveys, and feedback forums. The attached timeline outlines the selection process that will take place throughout the Spring 2019 semester.

We want you to be part of the selection process and invite you to save the date and register for upcoming events:

 

 

 

Throughout the selection process, we encourage the university community to visit the LMS Selection website where you can access resources, register for events, review the selection process, contact your college or campus representative, review evaluation criteria, and provide feedback to the LMS-SC.

The LMS-SC is excited for this grand opportunity to transition to an LMS that will better meet the needs of Texas A&M students, faculty, and staff. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events. Have questions? Email lms-review@tamu.edu or contact your college or campus representative.