The NGLT has concluded the second phase  of their project: Meetings with 5 Learning Management System (LMS) providers to get a current perspective on the marketplace and be informed about the future strategic directions of the LMS providers. The educational technology landscape is evolving rapidly, and LMS providers are responding with innovations that OSU can leverage to benefit our teaching and learning community, and meet our strategic goals.

The NGLT reviewed both proprietary and open source systems:  Desire2Learn, Moodlerooms, Canvas, Sakai and Blackboard.  These meetings were recorded; the audio stream is available on the Resource link on the black banner bar at the top of the blog page.

The next steps of the task force will include:

  • Gather feedback from the task force members and faculty who attended these conversations
  • Develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit bids from LMS vendors; target date for publishing the RFP is late July 2013
  • Invite vendors that meet criteria in the RFP to present at campus open forums in Fall 2013
  • Provide “sandbox” or demonstration sites of selected learning management systems; instructors and students will be able to try out the systems and provide feedback to the NGLT.

The NGLT will make a recommendation to the Instructional IT Committee on the LMS that best meets OSU’s key criteria as defined in the RFP. The Instructional IT Committee will make the final decision on changes, if any, to OSU’s learning management system.

Please watch this blog for frequent updates as more information becomes available regarding this process.

The Task Force began meetings with various vendors on May 30th. We are audio recording these meetings. The audio recordings and links to any handouts or other information provided will be posted on the Resources page that can be accessed via the menu bar above.

Good Afternoon,

I am happy to announce that the Next Generation Learning Task Force has identified a group of faculty and staff to form the working committee that has been charged with exploring a wide range of innovative tools to will allow OSU faculty to enhance the teaching and learning at Oregon State University.

NGLT Working Group

Cub Kahn, Instructional Designer in the Center for Teaching & Learning
Shannon Riggs, Director of Course Development and Training, Extended Campus
Cheridy Aduviri, Instructor, College of Education
Richard Nafshun, Senior Instructor, College of Science
Lynn Greenough, Specialist for Instructional Technology for Student Media Services
Margaret Mellinger, Associate Professor OSU Libraries & Press
Dianne Fisher, Co-Chair, Director of OER and Emerging Technologies
Cheryl Middleton, Co-Chair, Associate Professor OSU Libraries & Press

We have also put together a faculty and staff response task group for input and feedback, as well as information sharing within their academic units about this project.

NGLT Response Group

Kim Johnson, Director of International Faculty Admissions
John Bailey, Associate Professor, College of Forestry
John Greydanus, Director Outreach and Media Services
Simon Driver, Associate Professor, College of Public Health & Human Sciences
Kathy Becker-Blease, Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts
Kathy Ketchum, Faculty, College of Pharmacy

The projects next step is to call together the committee members for a face-to-face meeting to develop a strategy for some informal conversation with learning technology vendors.  That conversation will be based on the 9 teaching and learning expectations that are documented in the  Teaching & Learning Task Force Report, July 2012.  This report is located on the NGLT website:

As we progress on this project we will continue to update this blog.

Cheryl Middleton, Co-Chair NGLT

Associate University Librarian Learning & Engagement, OSU Libraries & Press