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Help select online learning system to replace BlackBoard
Author: Currently
Posted: January 11, 2010

The campus community is invited to attend demonstrations of learning management systems that make online teaching and learning easier and more integrated. For the past year, the Advisory Committee on Academic Information Technologies has sought and evaluated systems to replace the current version of BlackBoard used by many on campus for online classes.

The committee has invited two finalists to demonstrate their solutions to faculty, staff, and students. Core, advanced, and hands-on demonstrations by RemoteLearner are scheduled Jan. 14 and 15. Desire2Learn will provide similar demonstrations on Jan. 20 and 21. Refreshment will be served. The committee would like feedback on the systems (prior experience using a Learning Management System is not required), and faculty are encouraged to announce these demonstrations to their students. 

RemoteLearner

Core Learning Management Systems Demonstration of how a course is created and managed, including posting files, quizzes, assignments, discussion forums, etc. Jan. 14, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 228 Smith Union (Multicultural Center) and repeated Jan. 15, 1:30 to 3 p.m., 236 Smith Union (Cascade Room)

Advanced Features Demonstration with an emphasis on features such as calendars, intelligent communications, whiteboard, audio recording and glossary. Jan. 14, 10:30 to 11 a.m., 228 Smith Union (Multicultural Center) and repeated Jan. 15, 3 to 3:30 p.m., 236 Smith Union (Cascade Room)

Hands-on Guided Practice will give faculty and students the opportunity to try out the software. Access is provided to a test system based on actual PSU course data. Jan. 14, 11 a.m. to noon and repeated Jan. 15, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., both in 225 Broadway Housing Building

Desire2Learn

Core Learning Management Systems Demonstration of how a course is created and managed, including posting files, quizzes, assignments, discussion forums, etc. Jan 20, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 228 Smith Union (Multicultural Center) repeated Jan. 21, 1:30 to 3 p.m., 238 Smith Union (Browsing Lounge)

Advanced Features Demonstration with an emphasis on features such as calendars, intelligent communications, whiteboard, audio recording and glossary. Jan. 20, 10:30 to 11 a.m., 228 Smith Union (Multicultural Center) repeated Jan. 21, 3 to 3:30 p.m., 238 Smith Union (Browsing Lounge)

Hands-on Guided Practice will give faculty and students the opportunity to try out the software. Access is provided to a test system based on actual PSU course data. Jan. 20, 11 a.m. to noon repeated Jan. 21, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., both in 225 Broadway Housing Building

For more information, contact Ellen Weeks in the Office of Information Technologies at weekse@pdx.edu.