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AD HOC LMS Task Force

CHARGE FROM THE PROVOST AND VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
TO THE AD HOC LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TASK FORCE
SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

CHARGE

The Ad Hoc Learning Management System Task Force is charged with the following:

• Conducting a review of the options available to replace ANGEL, the current university-supported learning management system at Florida Gulf Coast University; and
• Providing a report describing this review, including findings and suggestions, to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs by December 15, 2011.

MEMBERSHIP

Scott Andstadt, Assistant Professor, College of Professional Studies
Andrea Benscoter, Computer Support Specialist, College of Professional Studies
Kolve Byrd, Student
Randy Dean, ANGEL System Administrator, Academic and Event Technology Services
David Jaeger, Director, Web, e-Learning, and Publication Services
Christopher Jordanek, e-Learning Designer, Web, e-Learning, and Publication Services
Elspeth McCulloch (co-chair), e-Learning Designer, Web, e-Learning, and Publication Services
Angela Meyer (co-chair), Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Pat O’Connor-Benson, Director, Academic and Event Technology Services
Jaffar Ali Shahul-Hameed, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

CONTEXT

A learning management system (LMS) is a collection of online tools that contribute to the management of online, blended, and face-to-face instruction. A LMS provides the following:

• Content tools that organize and disseminate course content including syllabi, handouts, and assignments;
• Communication tools that support asynchronous and synchronous communication; and
• Assessment tools including surveys, tests, drop boxes, rubrics, and a gradebook.

At FGCU, the current LMS is used to facilitate academic instruction and communication among faculty, staff, and students.

PROCESS

Within the scope of this charge, the task force will identify relevant learning management system specifications and requirements as well as criteria for evaluating learning management system options. Examples of specifications, requirements, and criteria include:

• Functionality
• Ability to integrate into existing systems
• Cost and licensing structure (initial and maintenance)
• Scalability
• Technical support needed
• Product transition and training issues
• Record of product and vendor quality

Also within the scope of the charge, the task force will use appropriate mechanisms (e.g., surveys, face-to-face meetings, web comments, etc.) to solicit feedback from the broad campus community including the following:

• Groups of elected representatives of faculty, staff, and students
• Individual faculty and staff
• College and non-college units
• Council of Deans
• Planning and Budget Council (PBC) and relevant PBC committee(s)