Learning Management System Migration


Faculty input is critical to identifying a replacement Learning Management System (LMS).

Faculty are invited to explore and provide feedback on the three replacement products being considered: Blackboard Ultra, Canvas Instructure, and Desire2Learn Brightspace.  There are three ways for faculty to provide feedback.  Faculty can chose the data collection activities that best fit their schedule or participate in all three. Faculty will be able to provide feedback via the options below through May 7th.  The Learning Management System Steering (LMS) Committee will then analyze all data collected across the University and make a recommendation to senior leadership on the platform to replace Blackboard.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Mike Reese at mreese@jhu.edu for information about providing feedback or the process for identifying a new LMS.

1.) Live Online Demos

Attend live demos showcasing the same functions in all three platforms by CER staff and complete a short survey at the end to share your opinion.  The sessions will cover the most frequently used tools : 1) uploading content, 2) using assessment tools (assignments, test, quizzes, gradebook), and 3) communication tools.  The 60 minute sessions will be offered twice between 4/12-4/19.

Register for your preferred topics/dates via the links below:

2.) Short, pre-recorded demos

Watch pre-recorded demos (1-3 minutes long for each platform) on various tools and complete a survey sharing your opinion.  The recorded demos showcase the tools ranked as the most important by faculty in the Phase 1 survey asking faculty what functions they use most often in Blackboard Learn.  We expect faculty will only watch the demos for the tools they use.  Please note you will be prompted to choose the demonstration videos on the second page of the survey

3.) Pilot Sandboxes

Request an account for each platform so you can build a mock site and directly evaluate the tools and user interface. KSAS and WSE faculty can email Cheryl Wagner (cwagner2jhu.edu) for a username/password and then provide feedback on the LMS survey pagePlease specify for which LMS products you would like a user account: Blackboard Ultra, Canvas Infrastructure, and Desire2Learn Brightspace.

LMS Migration Project Timeline

Timeline with 5 phases and phase #2, Evaluation, is highlighted