Faculty & Student Hands-On Product Testing

It’s 2012, and WebCT Vista’s retired…Do you know what your Learning Management System (LMS) is? We’re working on that now – help make the decision!

The Learning Technology Advisory Council (LTAC) is working on a project that will significantly shape the future of UBC’s learning environments – the selection of a new Learning Management System (LMS). Our current system, WebCT Vista (Blackboard Vista), is used in more than 4,000 course sections, and by over 53,000 students. The Vista product line is being phased out in 2013, so we’re starting early!

We are part way through an extensive process to choose our new system, and we need your help. We invite all interested members of the UBC teaching and learning community to participate in Hands-On Product Testing for the two shortlisted products – Blackboard Learn 9.1 and Moodle 2.0.

Hands-On Product Testing: February 1 – 28, 2011

Faculty Specific Testing Locations

If you are in the Faculty of Applied Science, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Faculty of Medicine, or Sauder School of Business, you can contribute to the process of choosing the next LMS by attending a local testing session. Please visit www.ltac.ubc.ca for information on Faculty-specific hands-on product testing.

At a Central Campus Location

Contribute to the process of choosing the next LMS by coming to a centrally located lab to test the products and provide us with your feedback. Please choose the most convenient time for you and register online at: http://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/series/view/151.

From Your Home

You can also test the products and provide us with your feedback online from your home. Visit www.ltac.ubc.ca for more information.

Product Demos for Blackboard Learn 9.1 and Moodle 2.0

The vendors of both shortlisted products will be on campus in early February to provide demonstrations of their products. If you are interested in finding out more about what these products can do, you may either come to the product demonstrations at a central location, or view them online as a webinar.

February 8 – MOODLE 2.0
9:30 am – 10:30 am, Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

February 10 – BLACKBOARD LEARN 9.1
9:30 am – 10:30 am, Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

To register for the product demos listed above, please visit http://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/series/view/150.

To access the webinars of the product demos, please visit www.ltac.ubc.ca for more information.

Posters for each of these events are available for download below. Click on the images to view the PDFs.

For more information about the LMS evaluation process, please go to the LTAC website at: www.ltac.ubc.ca.

Click to download the poster (PDF)

2 responses to “Faculty & Student Hands-On Product Testing”

  1. Kim Zebehazy


    I am just now seeing this invite to try the two systems. I see the last date was Feb 28th. Is it still possible to take a look at them? I am an assistant professor in the blindness and visual impairment program and one of the main things we would like to know is the accessibility of each of the platforms. I have used older versions of Blackboard in the past (at which point accessibility was only so-so at best) and do not have experience with Moodle. Please let me know if it still available to test.

    Thank you (I put in a request on the remote demo form just in case!)
    Kim Zebehazy

  2. Michael Wong

    Hi Kim,

    I’ve passed along your message to a few of my colleagues who are overseeing the product testing. They should get back to you shortly about what we can do.


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