As you know technology is constantly changing and that includes the applications we use for the Learning Management System (LMS) for our district. Blackboard is in the process of launching their new LMS application - Blackboard Learn Ultra - a completely redesigned learning experience developed with modern web technologies.
The California Community College's Open Education Initiative (OEI) has selected Canvas as the common course management system for colleges participating in the OEI course exchange. Our district now needs to decide whether to stay with Blackboard or to participate in the Open Education Initiative and adopt Canvas.
To start this process, we have formed a working group that consists of faculty, staff, and administrators from both colleges and a representative from District. The Learning Management System (LMS) Working Group has just initiated discussions on how best to engage both campuses.
Our intention is to provide several opportunities for information on the future of Blackboard as well as demonstrations of Canvas so that the district can make a well-informed decision. Our tentative goal is to ask the Academic Senate from both colleges to take a vote on the LMS we will be using in the future by the end of February or early March.