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Spring 2024 courses will continue to use Blackboard. The committee is still finalizing its decision – an announcement will be made to the university community when available. Questions can be directed to lms@gmu.edu.

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Fall 2023 Courses Continue to Use Blackboard

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All Fall courses will continue to use Blackboard. The committee is still finalizing its decision. Questions can be directed to lms@gmu.edu

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LMS Sandbox Test Accounts

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The Mason community can now sign up for temporary accounts with the three finalist LMS vendors. You will receive communication from the companies on how to access the accounts. Users can explore the system and test features in a prebuilt sample course. A feedback survey will be sent to those who have requested accounts.

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Presentation Recordings Available

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The three LMS vendor finalists – Canvas (Instructure), Brightspace (D2L) and Blackboard Ultra (Anthology) – presented on campus May 8-10. Recordings are now available. Please complete the feedback survey after viewing presentations. Mason login required.

Canvas Recording

Brightspace Recording

Blackboard Ultra Recording

In addition, vendors will provide demo courses faculty can explore to get a more hands-on experience and provide additional feedback to the selection committee. Look for an email and follow-up post soon with signup details.

Based on all the feedback we have collected, we expect to have a decision on a replacement LMS within the next few months and will share it widely on Mason’s communication channels. After a platform is selected, we understand there is much work to be done. There will be a transition period for faculty with an emphasis on faculty development and automated course conversions. More details will be provided in the coming months.

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Please Join Us – LMS Vendor Presentations May 8, 9, 10

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Email sent to faculty and posted in Blackboard

We need your help in choosing a new Learning Management System (LMS) for Mason! Please join us May 8, 9, and 10 for a showcase of options. Demos will be provided for Canvas, Blackboard Ultra, and Brightspace. This is your chance to ask questions directly to the vendors and provide your feedback. Join in person or by Zoom. Recordings and survey will be available for review.

Canvas – May 8, Merten 1201
BrightSpace – May 9, Merten 1201
Blackboard Ultra – May 10, Merten 1202

Visit the LMS Website to learn about the project, see presentation times, and join by Zoom.

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Spring updates

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Feedback received last fall, including thousands of faculty and student responses to surveys, polls, and focus groups, has helped shape the Request for Proposal (RFP). Throughout the LMS transition process, we will be communicating regularly with our campus community on important updates, milestones and opportunities regarding our move to a new LMS. Finalists will present demos in April and the Evaluation Committee will plan to send final recommendations to university leadership by the end of the spring semester. Visit lms.gmu.edu to stay informed on all of the latest opportunities for feedback as the RFP is evaluated. Email questions to lms@gmu.edu.

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Fall Semester Wrap Up

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Mason Community: Thank you for your support thus far on the project. This semester was dedicated to gathering information from the community. To date, the project committees have amassed more than 27,000 survey responses from faculty, students, and staff. We have led focus groups, presented at department meeting, and took part in many other interactions. This information will help to write the Request for Proposal (RFP) that will go out this spring. Enjoy the break!

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Staff and Organization Surveys Available

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Surveys for Mason staff/admins and leaders of Blackboard Organizations are available through Friday, December 16. Both short surveys are important to provide the LMS Review Committees with information.

Staff Survey link: http://go.gmu.edu/bbstaffsurvey

Organization Leaders link: http://go.gmu.edu/bborgsurvey

Please share these links with your colleagues.

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Faculty Focus Group Signups

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A series of ten faculty focus group opportunities is now posted. All faculty (including adjuncts) are encouraged to help the Review Committee explore specific topics (based on the recent faculty survey) in depth. Most sessions we be held through Zoom with several on campus. Read more and sign up >

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Advisory Committee

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The LMS Review advisory committee membership is almost complete. The committee is comprised of faculty from each school and college, with several additional representatives including students.

We are also in the second week of our faculty survey availability. Thank you for all of the detailed responses. Faculty, please check your email (a reminder will be sent today) or the Blackboard homepage if you have not yet completed the survey. A student survey will be available in early November.