September 2015

Learning Management: Request for Proposal and Project Timeline

Posted September 1, 2015

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Updated: March 21, 2016

In an effort to better meet the pedagogical needs of faculty and students, the Technology and Information Resources (TIR) subcommittee, the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and Academic and Institutional Technology are working together to identify and select a new learning management system (LMS).

Rationale

  • Blackboard has been the College's LMS for many years.
  • Faculty and students have indicated Blackboard does not meet their expectations and needs.
  • AIT staff are unable to provide stable services due to technical issues within the Blackboard software. Other higher education institutions have reported similar difficulties.
  • The marketplace has evolved since Blackboard's implementation. Tools and functionalities are now available that enable new teaching and assessment methods to support Christ at the Core as well as graduate and global education initiatives.

Selection Process

The LMS Selection Committee is committed to ensuring that faculty have abundant opportunity to evaluate LMS options and provide feedback. This committee will give regular updates on the selection process at the Faculty Business Meeting and make the final recommendation to the CIO.

LMS Selection Committee Members:

  • Jeremy Botts, M.F.A. | Art
  • Daniel Burden, Ph.D. | Chemistry
  • Nancy Falciani-White, M.L.S., Ed.D. | Buswell Memorial Library
  • John Holmes | Student Government EVP of Finance & Technology
  • Terry Huttenlock, M.L.S., Ed.D. | Buswell Memorial Library
  • Matthew Lundin, Ph.D. | History
  • Tracy McKenzie, Ph.D. | History
  • Sarah Miglio, Ph.D. | Provost's Office, Director of Core Curriculum Studies
  • Scott Moreau, M.Div., D.Miss. | Intercultural Studies & Graduate School
  • Tony Payne, D.M. | Conservatory of Music
  • Sandra Richter, Ph.D. | Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Wendy Woodward | Chief Information Officer

Initial RFP Respondents:

  • Blackboard's latest environment
  • Blackboard and Moodlerooms
  • Desire 2 Learn's Brightspace
  • Instructure's Canvas
  • Schoology

Target Timeline:

  • July 29 - August 21 | Review RFP responses from vendors
  • September 23 - October 1 | Semifinalist Vendor Demonstrations
  • October 20 - November 20 | LMS Test Environments for Evaluation
  • December 1 | Recommendation Made
  • December 31 | New LMS Selected
  • Spring Semester B-Quad 2016 | Two Course per Division Pilot for Early Adopters
  • Summer 2016 | Summer Courses Use New LMS
  • July 15 2016 | Launch and Full Implementation
  • Fall Semester 2016 | Fall Courses Use New LMS
  • December 15 2016 | Blackboard Fully Retired

Once the LMS is selected, TIR, AIT, and Student Government will create a transition strategy that includes automated transfer of courses from Blackboard and in person and online training opportunities for faculty.

Our New Learning Management System

The Office of the Chief Information Officer, the Teaching and Information Resources Subcommittee, the Student Technology Advisory Committee, Purchasing, and Academic and Institutional Technology are proud to announce that Schoology has been selected as Wheaton College's new learning management system.

You can see answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the selection process here (sign in to access from off-campus).

You can read about the transition to Schoology here.

Coming Soon: ThunderCloud Storage

Posted September 1, 2015

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Effective Date: September 16, 2015

On September 16, Wheaton College staff, faculty, and students will have access to ThunderCloud Storage. Powered by Box, ThunderCloud Storage is an unlimited, secure cloud storage solution that will replace iFolder and network home directories.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Unlimited storage (5GB file size limit for individual files)
  • Easy file sharing using secure links or shared folders
  • Automatic file synchronization
  • Data is encrypted and secure
  • Restore an earlier version of a file with version control
  • 90 day grace period to recover files after deletion
  • Create multiple folders to organize your data
  • Access from any web browser and all major mobile devices

Impact on College Community

ThunderCloud Storage will be available to all staff, faculty, and students on September 16. For faculty and staff, ThunderCloud Storage will replace iFolder. Instructions for migrating data from iFolder and other storage options, as well as personalized assistance will be available at that time.

If you have any questions, contact Academic and Institutional Technology or call 630.752.4357 (HELP).

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