Academic Council Presentation File

December 7, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Administrative, Meeting Notes No Comments

I met with Academic Council this morning to give them an overview of what the LMS Research Team is doing and why. With the presentation itself and discussion, I was there for one hour (the allotted time). The PPT file I used to guide the presentation is in the Dropbox: http://sites.jmu.edu/lms/wp-content/plugins/shorty/dropbox/Dropbox/LMS_Documents/LMS_Academic_Council_Dec_2011.pptx.

LMS Team Meeting Notes 11/10/11

November 16, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Administrative, Meeting Notes No Comments

LMS Research Team Meeting Notes
11/10/11

Reviews and Updates
–Review of October meeting outcomes (Sarah)

–Report on faculty focus group (Andrea)

Statement of IT Needs

November 9, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Administrative No Comments

Here’s the document that I sent to everyone through email. This will help us in crafting our statement of needs in the RFP.
http://sites.jmu.edu/lms/wp-content/plugins/shorty/dropbox/Dropbox/LMS_Documents/RFP_Statement_of_Needs_Section.docx

Findings So Far: Notes from 10/13/11 Meeting

November 9, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Administrative, Meeting Notes No Comments

Findings so Far:
1. Open source is popular (agility, perception that it’s cheaper, commercial market is in flux, easier to customize). Disadvantage: level of support (unknown)
2. Commercial tools are becoming more flexible, beginning to accept standards which will allow for a modular, multi-vendor approach … Continue Reading

Pepperdine University Study: Blackboard to Sakai

September 30, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Administrative, Blackboard, LMS Applications, Sakai No Comments

Dale Hulvey sent me the executive summary of Pepperdine University’s LMS study in 2009-2010. They decided to move from Blackboard to Sakai. Here’s a link to the document:
Pepperdine LMS Study Executive Summary

Security Hole in Blackboard

September 23, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Blackboard, News No Comments

Here’s a link to the online article about the recently discovered “zero-day” security hole in Blackboard that would allow a hacker to change grades and steal student information: http://www.scmagazineus.com/zero-day-holes-found-in-blackboard-platform/article/212156/.

I created a PDF of the article in case the link disappears: http://sites.jmu.edu/lms/wp-content/plugins/shorty/dropbox/Dropbox/LMS_Documents/Zero-day_holes_found_in_Blackboard_platform_-_Print_Article_-_SC_Magazine_US.pdf

LMS Transition Timeline at Univ of Miami

September 12, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Implementation, Sakai No Comments

Sandy forwarded me an email from the FRYE Institute listserv (see LM_Implementation_Timelines_Univ_of_Miami_2011.pdf). The email briefly describes Univ of Miami’s LMS transition project: 3.5 months of evaluation and 6 months of migration. Here’s a link to their Sakai Implementation Project (SIP) website: http://community.muohio.edu/sip/

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