The current learning management system (LMS), Blackboard (Bb), has served George Mason University for more than a decade. Since Mason adopted Bb, new LMS solutions have entered the market, and the university has grown, making this a great time to take stock of our faculty and students’ current and future needs in this space.
While the current version of Bb is fully supported, Blackboard is not expected to have new innovation/developments in this version. In addition, the pandemic provided valuable insight and best practices in face-to-face, online, and hybrid course delivery, and our next LMS must reflect what we have learned about the unique learning needs present at Mason. As the landscape of higher education evolves, we invite the university community to be involved in the conversation to take inventory of current practices, explore future opportunities, and document our LMS needs for today and beyond.
July 2023 – All Fall courses will continue to use Blackboard. The committee is still finalizing its decision.
Thank you to all faculty, staff, and students who attended presentations, provided feedback, and signed up for sandbox testing accounts.
The evaluation committee is working this summer to decide the next LMS for Mason. The decision will be widely announced when available.