LMS Review

Last year, the Instruction and Student Services (ISS) Team approved a recommendation to conduct a full Learning Management System (LMS) review during the 2019-20 academic year.  The recommendation was based on findings from Program Reviews, market research, student surveys, and national and statewide trends in the industry.  ISS fully supported the recommendation because in order to remain current and innovative, the college must have an LMS platform that meets the needs of our students and faculty.

What does this mean?

Between now and the end of the 2019 calendar year, the college is engaging in a full-scale LMS review.  We will launch a competitive procurement process, identify top candidates, test features and functionality, engage faculty and students in testing systems and finally provide a recommendation on an LMS platform.

Our goal is for the LMS review to be an inclusive process that includes feedback from faculty, students, administrators, and key stakeholders throughout the college.  

Why Now?

The connection/intersection between our current technology infrastructure and the requirements of Strategic Initiatives such as Guided Pathways and the Chemeketa Accelerated Pathways to Success (CAPS) federal grant, show the compelling need to conduct an LMS review as soon as possible. This is necessary in order for the college to remain competitive in an ever-increasing global landscape.

We’ve been on our current LMS, Blackboard Learn 9.1, since 2012 .  Learn 9.1 is a legacy platform and over the years, Blackboard has been putting their development energy into their newer platform, Ultra.  At some point in the near future, the Learn 9.1 platform will no longer meet our needs and we will have to move to a new system. Since a move to a different platform will be inevitable in the near future, we recommend using this opportunity to have a comprehensive review of options for the next generation LMS that will best serve Chemeketa’s students, faculty and staff. 

The LMS Review is sponsored by the Technology Governance Committee and will be led by the Center for Academic Innovation.


Summer 2019

In Process

  • Finalizing RFP
  • Launch RFP
  • Determine Competitive Range

Spring 2019


  • Faculty listening sessions held on 4/16 and 4/22
  • Drafting RFP criteria
  • Finalize RFP criteria

Winter 2019


  • Gathering stakeholder feedback
  • Launched webpage on the Center for Academic Innovation website to keep the Chemeketa community informed of the LMS Review process.

General Timeline

  • Winter 2019
    Work with key stakeholders to identify non-negotiables; develop draft RFP criteria


  • Spring 2019 
    Finalize RFP criteria; present recommendation to CCC Board of Education for competitive procurement process; finalize review rubric


  • Summer 2019 
    Launch and review RFP responses; determine competitive range


  • Fall 2019 
    Conduct demos; full testing of features & functionality, complete evaluation rubric; recommend future LMS platform


  • Additional migration timeline will be developed once the LMS review is completed


Any questions regarding the LMS review process can be directed to Kellie Schellenberg at kellie.schellenberg@chemeketa.edu or 503.399.5191.


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