Advisory Committees and Membership  |  Communications Archive FAQs

 

Background

Today, Montana University System institutions use three separate Learning Management Systems (LMS). In most cases, these systems have been in use for more than a decade, during which time pedagogies have evolved, use of learning mangagement tools by faculty has grown, and the range of solutions available has expanded significantly.

In November 2021, the Montana Board of Regents charged the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education to work with campuses to identify a single LMS vendor for the Montana University System.  This resulting LMS should provide a better teaching and learning experience for students and faculty while lowering licensing and support costs systemwide. Long term, this system should also enable a more seamless experience for an increasingly mobile student body and facilitate multi-campus academic collaborations.

In Spring 2022, a group of faculty, staff, students, and leadership will convene to guide a needs analysis and request for information process, which will identify what experience and tools MUS faculty and students expect from a modern LMS and provide opportunities for campus stakeholders to interact with diifferent LMS systems. The results of this analysis will inform a request for proposals and final selection of a vendor in Fall 2022.  Campuses will then transition to the new system by Fall term 2025.

Proposed Timeline

 

Form Comittee and Advisory Groups

  • Steering Committee
  • Campus Implementation Teams
  • Academic College Liasions

January 2022

Needs Analysis / RFI

  • Vendor presentations w/ follow-up survey and focus groups to identify RFP themes

 

April 2022

Issue RFP & Solicit Feedback

  • Student & faculty testing of sandbox environments

 

RFP issued: July 2022

Selection:  Nov 2022

Implementation

  • Transition & training planning
  • 3rd party tool integration
  • Phased transition

Planning: Spring 2023

Transition: Summer ‘23 to Summer '25