ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY

LMS Migration

LMS MIGRATION

About the LMS Migration

In Fall 2017, at the request of the VP of Information Technology, Chris Manriquez, the California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Academic Technology Committee was tasked with the review and assessment of three market-leading learning management systems (LMS). The request was prompted by the Chancellor's Office negotiation of statewide licensing and review of the said vendors. Each of the vendors offered an LMS platform that is cloud-based, HTML5, and ADA compliant, as well as mobile-friendly. The campus Academic Technology Committee arranged a campus-wide test, review, and survey process that engaged over 100 students, staff, and faculty. The report summarizes the findings as well as the Committee’s recommendation.

CSUDH Selects Blackboard Learn Ultra as New Learning Management System

In May 2019, the Academic Technology Steering Committee, selected Blackboard Ultra as its LMS of choice. With cost being an important consideration in the review process, Blackboard announced a licensing agreement with the California State University (CSU) that significantly reduced the campus cost per student than its current CSU contract. Additionally, it should be noted, that a decision to stay with Blackboard would entail numerous migration cost savings, including a relatively smooth change management process from current Blackboard to Ultra and continuity with the campus archiving system for retrieving retained Blackboard courses. Finally, CSUDH does not have a formal after hours or weekend help desk, and Blackboard offered an outstanding support option that includes limited 24/7 help desk tickets; this integration would address the campus-recognized resource shortage. 
Given the campus cost savings options, the Academic Technology Committee recommended moving to Blackboard Ultra.

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