With NIU currently in the final year of a current three-year contract with our current learning management system (LMS) vendor Blackboard, a LMS review will be conducted during the 2020-2021 academic year. While faculty usage of Blackboard and overall satisfaction remains high, the university hasn’t conducted a formal evaluation of other learning management systems in many years. NIU licensed Blackboard Learn in 1999.
This evaluation will be broad in scope with input sought from all faculty, staff and students on not only their current satisfaction with Blackboard Learn but also what features are desired in a LMS moving forward. The evaluation will supply the data to prepare a recommendation that will influence whether an alternative LMS should be considered at this time.
The task force to guide the review process is being formed and a new website with more details is under development.