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PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A PUBLIC SITE.

In an effort to ensure access to UMassOnline's community of users as well as others who might provide insight as we undertake the LPR, all content, comments and attachments are accessible by the public.

History

In 2003, UMassOnline suggested all UMass campuses come together and use one LMS. Multiple LMS applications being used at that time included: WebCT CE4 (UMD), Prometheus (UMA, UMB), IntraLearn (UML) and COURSES (UMW). UMassOnline managed the RFB process for the next, single LMS for the UMass system. Obviously, the result of RFB named WebCT Vista 3 as the final vendor.

Vista Sunset

In 2006, Blackboard acquired WebCT and announced its intent to retire the Vista platform in January 2013. While Blackboard Vista has provided a stable and appreciated platform for the delivery and advancement of online education across the University of Massachusetts system and our partner hosted campuses, it will simply no longer be available as of January 2013, effectively forcing a mandatory migration to another Learning Management System.

Migrations between enterprise-level systems that support core business processes are almost always challenging and incur organizational risk. This is especially true when the system is customer facing, as is the LMS, which is used by university administrators, teaching staff, learning support staff, and perhaps most importantly, learners. Some stakeholders, including faculty and support staff, may be hesitant, rightfully concerned about migration, content and course fidelity, training, etc. In light of the fact that this transition was imposed upon UMassOnline and the campuses we support, we hope our users will embrace this change as an opportunity to enhance current teaching and learning practices, extend academic programs and incorporate new technologies into their course.

Charge

Given the nature of the software we need to create an environment that reduces risk and anxiety among stakeholders. In doing so we need to:

  • provide clear and concise communications;
  • be inviting and inclusive in order to foster participation and facilitate discover;
  • adopt a reliable project management methodology;
  • develop an open and transparent governance process throughout the migration,
  • provide training of support staff and (some) faculty as we move toward a solution.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A PUBLIC SITE.

In an effort to ensure access to UMassOnline's community of users as well as others who might provide insight as we undertake the LPR, all content, comments and attachments are accessible by the public.