How Do You Use a Learning Management System in Your Course?
A learning management system (LMS) contains a variety of functions and features to support teaching and learning. Most faculty use the core LMS features to organize and deliver learning content, manage course administration needs like enrollment, grades, communication, and student assignments. Many also use the LMS to assess students, foster student discussion, collaboration, and project-based work. Iowa State’s LMS is Blackboard Learn.

The current configuration of Blackboard Learn as a locally hosted (on ISU servers) LMS product is reaching an end of life state. As well, the current license with the Blackboard vendor ends December 2017. These two realities provide an opportunity to more thoroughly review ISU's LMS needs and determine the future direction.

Between October 2016 and May 2017 myself and Mike Lohrbach, Director ITS Service Systems and Operations, will be co-leading an initiative to review the LMS and we are seeking broad input from across campus. A LMS Review website has been created to provide background and up to date information about the project. The site also includes a LMS Review Survey where faculty, staff, and students can provide input.

I encourage you to take a few minutes to complete the survey and share your insights. In early spring semester, I will use the Teaching Tip to communicate when vendors have been selected for a campus visit to demo their products, which will provide another opportunity for input.   

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching