Town Hall: “The Future of Blackboard Learn – Upgrade it or Replace it?”

We will be holding a Town Hall meeting on Friday, February 22, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Pralle Lecture Hall, Beckman Hall 104 on the subject of options for updating or replacing Blackboard Learn. This University-wide Town Hall meeting will be led by Dr. Jana Remy, Director of Educational Technology Services, and will cover such topics as:

– Why are we discussing a change to Blackboard Learn now?

– How important is it to students that faculty use Blackboard Learn or some LMS (Learning Management System)?

– What percentage of faculty actually use Blackboard Learn?

– What are the options going forward? The pros and cons of upgrading Blackboard Learn or switching to a new platform?

– What is the timeline for implementation of an upgrade or replacement?

Bring your questions! We look forward to seeing you there. If you are unable to come in person, you can also view the presentation via Panopto.

In Fall 2018, Educational Technology Services kicked off the Future Ready Digital Learning Experience (FRDLE) project to explore which learning management platform will best support student learning outcomes on our campus.

As mentioned in the 2018 Fall Faculty meeting, this project will not only examine the Learning Management Systems, like Blackboard Ultra, Canvas, and Brightspace, but will consider how it requires an entire ecosystem of cloud-based products and services to support the complex student learning needs at a campus like Chapman University.

As part of our Educational Technology needs assessment, we will be meeting with colleges, departments, and colleagues across campus to discuss the campuses’ educational technology needs and requirements. If you are a faculty member, staff member, or student who would like to participate in the FRDLE Committee, please send an email to

Additional Resource:
Foundations for a Next Generation Digital Learning Environment: Faculty, Students, and the LMS  by Jeffrey Pomerantz, EDUCAUSE, Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE, D. Christopher Brooks, EDUCAUSE Friday, January 12, 2018.

Abstract: Students prefer to learn, and faculty prefer to teach, in blended environments. At the same time, the LMS has become critical to teaching and learning. This interactive report takes a closer look at some of the findings from the 2017 Student and Faculty Technology Research Studies about the LMS, as well as the preferences of students and faculty for teaching and learning environments, to investigate the relationship of blended learning and the LMS and to set the stage for a discussion of what might come next for the LMS.

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