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In September 2017, Provost Volledorf asked the Academic Senate's Academic Technology and Instructional Spaces Subcommittee to undertake an assessment of Learning Management Systems, including Moodle. This request was made in response to feedback gathered over the prior academic year about the stability of our self-hosted Moodle solution and the best practice of evaluating our LMS every few years to ensure we have a strong solution to support teaching and learning at SSU.

Considerations for LMS Assessment

  • Awareness of shifting Learning Management System environment, particularly in the CSU, with rapid changes in campus adoption of newly available platforms.

  • Faculty feedback about Moodle’s lack of responsiveness and limitations and relatively low faculty utilization of the platform.

  • Campus concerns about ongoing outages that led us to need to assess hosted solutions and other ways of ensuring that we have backup systems in place.

  • Campus stakeholders’ knowledge of other Learning Management Systems that support more robust integration of multimedia technology capabilities and built-in analytics that we may or may not have in Moodle.

  • The budget will be more closely aligned with priorities in the future, so during 2017-2018 the campus will assess its priorities and identify items that may need new funding in a new, more strategically aligned budget going forward as part of a new campus strategic plan.