Notes from the exploration and selection process for Chico's next Learning Management System

Tales from the the future: two guest speakers join us

HG Wells Time MachineWe would all like to be able to step into a time machine to see what the future is like before making a big decision. For many purchases, the best we can often do is read reviews online, and gauge how similar the reviewer seems to ourselves as a way of understanding how to value their opinion.┬áThe selection process for an LMS doesn’t afford us either time machines or Amazon reviews, but we are very fortunate to have friends at other institutions who have taken the plunge to either Moodle or Blackboard Learn 9.1 already.

Today at 11:00 am in MLIB 002, the selection team of faculty and staff will have an opportunity to hear from two colleges that previously used Blackboard (WebCT) Vista and have already migrated. Can’t attend today’s sessions? Don’t worry, we’ll post the link to playback the recordings right here:

Recordings are now available!

Here are the questions we’re asking each speaker to address:

  1. Describe the transition from Blackboard CE 6/Vista8 to Moodle 1.9 or Blackboard Learn 9.1 (respectively).
  2. What tools or features were lost and gained?
  3. What tools and features were an issue after actual teaching in LMS began and what were better than we expected?
  4. What has the faculty experience overall been so far with Moodle 1.9 or Blackboard Learn 9.1?
  5. What feedback or concerns have system administrators / instructional designers been receiving from faculty?
  6. Teaching comparison between the old system and new: pros and cons.
  7. Hindsight: What wasn’t foreseen and what things would have helped make the transition go smoother?

First up is Cherie Vinopal Blut from CSU San Marcos. She’s an instructional developer, in a similar role to a TLP staff member (like this author). CSU San Marcos moved to Moodle 1.9 last year and has been participating in some CSU-wide Moodle development initiatives.

In the second hour, we’ll have Chris Bray from the University of Arkansas. Chris is the Blackboard administrator for their Bb Learn 9.1 system, and he’ll be bringing along other instructional designers to address our questions.

3 Responses to “Tales from the the future: two guest speakers join us”

  1. Laura Sederberg Says:

    From University of Arkansas, both Elaine and Ken joined Chris to talk to us about their experiences in rolling out Blackboard 9.1. They had been using CE. They trained faculty, not as mandatory, but very recommended. They have licensed all of the Bb online & f2f training materials, and have made those into self-enrolled and self-paced training courses. More information will be available through the archives.

  2. Sherry Says:

    Looking forward to the archives of these meetings. Great idea!

  3. Peter DiFalco Says:

    Recordings are available on this post: http://blogs.csuchico.edu/crossroads/?p=80. I hope they’re helpful to everyone!