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Academic LMS Evaluation

Cornell Academic Learning Management System (LMS) Evaluation

Cornell has concluded the evaluation of our academic learning management system. Our completed evaluation report was submitted to the Provost's office at the end of March. You can read the executive summary and complete report at our updates page

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Cornell is undergoing a review of its academic learning management system, Blackboard Learn, the first review since 2007. The learning management system plays a significant role in teaching and learning at Cornell. It is vital that we have a system that both meets current faculty needs and positions us to adapt to the changing educational landscape.

Our current Blackboard contract will be up for renewal June 30, 2018. This gives Cornell the opportunity to re-assess its learning management needs and evaluate a range of alternatives (including Brightspace, Canvas, and Blackboard Ultra).

Our project objectives are:

  1. Identify Cornell’s current academic community needs for a Learning Management System (LMS).
  2. Assess the ability of different options (including the current system) to meet current needs while best positioning Cornell for the future in a rapidly changing higher education landscape.
  3. Present an analysis report to the Faculty Senate and to the Provost that can form the basis of a decision on which option Cornell will pursue.

Key to this process is the involvement of faculty from each of the colleges and schools in the university. Along with other Cornell stakeholders across campus, faculty, staff, and students will contribute to a fair and comprehensive analysis that can best position Cornell for the future.

Executive Sponsor: Julia Thom-Levy, Vice Provost for Academic Innovation
Project Director: Todd Maniscalco
Project Manager: JP Brannan

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