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New learning management system at Uppsala University

New learning management system at Uppsala University

The University is in the process of procuring a new learning management system (LMS). The new system will replace the current centrally administered systems for teaching: Gotland’s Moodle, the current installation of Ping Pong, and parts of the Student Portal.

 

The invitation to tender was published on 5 May and the closing date for the tender was 12 June. Requirement fulfilment is being verified and usability tests will be performed. There is confidentiality regarding who has submitted a tender.

 

If you are a teacher or administrator and would like to be involved in testing the learning management system candidates, please sign up! Read more about the usability tests.

We have now closed the application for usability tests, as enough people already signed up. Interest has been great and a selection will now be made of the applications we have received.

 

It is important that the candidates for the learning management system are also tested by students. We are therefore offering a payment of approximately SEK 500 to students who participate in the testing. Please let your students know about this and refer them to this webpage.

 

If everything goes as planned, a new learning management system will be procured in September 2017 and will be available for pilot courses and course planning in the 2018 autumn semester. When the new system is in place, the transition from existing systems will be implemented gradually. Gotland’s Moodle users will be the first in that process.

 

 

Highlights of the project:

 

The project commenced in August 2016. A project team has been appointed and is led by a steering committee. Åsa Kassman Rudolphi serves as chair of the steering committee. The project manager is Anna Gunder.

 

Phase 1 can be briefly described in three steps:

 

1. RFI (request for information)

In September 2016, an RFI was published and responses were received from five suppliers (Blackboard, Brightspace, Canvas, Itslearning and SAP). The project’s user groups read the written responses and listened to the presentations. The aim was for users to gain an understanding of what the market has to offer and get ideas and inspiration for subsequent workshops.

 

After the presentations, the suppliers provided materials, which were published on the Employee Portal and made available to all students and employees.

 

2. Workshops with user groups

The opinions, needs and visions of users are a key component of the project.

With this in mind, students, teachers and administrators took part in a number of workshops in 2016. The results from these were compiled and have since served as reference material for the specification of requirements.

3. Initiation to tender

The invitation to tender was published on 5 May. The suppliers have until 12 June to submit their tenders. The suppliers that meet the mandatory requirements will take part in usability tests and demos.

 

If you have any questions, please contact info-elarande@uadm.uu.se