January 25th 2023 - LMS Update Communication
I want to provide a brief update on our ongoing effort to identify and implement a single learning management system across MUS institutions.
Two subcommittees have met over the past month to conduct an initial review of a draft request for proposal, which will be launched and evaluated later this Spring. Many thanks to our subcommittee members, Jason Rosen and Corey Cardoza on a subcommittee reviewing technical requirements and Mandy Wright and Julie Wolter on a subcommittee reviewing functional requirements, for lending their time and expertise with that process.
In that initial review, we have identified areas where we need to consult other campus stakeholders for a more thorough review, including related to accessibility, content migration, staff and faculty training, and non-credit / community offerings, among others. We are now working to send out these portions of the draft RFP language for deeper review.
This week, the legislature heard and favorably responded to a presentation regarding this project and our progress as they consider an appropriation to support our transition costs. We are grateful to Governor Gianforte, who included a $3 million proposal for this work in his budget submission to the legislature.
We will continue to post regular updates as our selection process proceeds to our project website: https://www.mus.edu/che/arsa/LMS/SingleLMS.html. Please do share that website as a resource for your colleagues and, as always, please reach out to me directly if you have other questions, ideas or concerns.
Director of Academic Policy and Research
Montana University System