Contributed by Jenni Willis-Opalenik - Director, Technology Learning ServicesAs some may have heard, President Walker and Dr. Maynard announced that the University of Houston Main and Downtown Campuses are transiting from Blackboard Learn to Instructure Canvas as their learning management system (LMS). As Dr. Maynard’s stated, “Our University Technology Advisory Committee (UTAC) will be considering this issue and providing an update at the October meeting of the Faculty Senate. If a decision is made to change LMS providers, there will be a significant lead time to manage the transition, and the current academic year will not be impacted. Please contact Dr. Jana Willis, chair of UTAC, with any questions about the committee’s work.”
The Office of Information Technology’s Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) team will assist the UTAC in its work to select and implement a new LMS for UHCL. The UTAC and the IDT team will address issues around successfully transitioning existing courses to a new system, preparing faculty and students for the change, and supporting a new platform.
Our team understands that faculty members may already have numerous questions regarding a possible LMS change, and we commit to being fully transparent throughout the process. Until UTAC completes its work, we cannot address individual inquiries concerning the new LMS. Please continue checking our weekly newsletter for updates as they are made available to us.