A critical aspect of NIU’s learning management system review process is inviting vendors to provide demonstrations to our campus community of the leading learning management systems in higher education today. With “Blackboard Original” gradually being phased out, we have the opportunity to compare “Blackboard Ultra” with other platforms. Our goal is to provide everyone with an opportunity to see the capabilities and provide feedback as to which systems offer the functionality and user experience desired moving forward.
We have reached out to vendors of the leading higher education LMS platforms to learn more about their offerings: Blackboard (Learn Ultra), D2L (Brightspace), and Instructure (Canvas). and have scheduled vendor demonstrations, available to all NIU faculty, staff, and students. Each vendor is providing two virtual demonstrations on the functionality of their system for teaching and learning. Demonstrations will be conducted online via Zoom and recorded for those who may be unable to join live. All demonstration participants will be asked to complete a follow-up survey to rate the system’s functionality.
We’re also asking each vendor to provide a separate virtual demonstration of shopping cart features for outside learners and external programming. Participants of these separate demonstrations will likewise complete follow-up surveys on shopping cart system functionality.
Demonstration details can also be found in the NIU Calendar.