LMS Task Force 2012 Report

After the Report delivered on Aug 2011, The Learn@UW Exec Committee requested that the LMS Exploratory Task Force to continue its work and provide an update the following year. The Task Force established the following goals for 2011-2012.

  • Expand the membership to include more learning technology support professionals (added two members of the LTDC)
  • Continue to monitor the changing LMS and related technology landscape
  • Study the state of content independence related to learning management systems
  • Survey University of Wisconsin System (UWS) students regarding their perceptions and experience with an LMS.

The LMS Task Force Report was presented to the Learn@UW Exec Committee on July 31, 2012 at their annual retreat.

LMS Task Force Report 2011

This LMS Exploratory Task Force Report was presented to the Learn@UW Executive Committee on August 1, 2011, and to the Provosts on Sept 16, 2011.



In the Summer of 2010, the Learn@UW Executive Committee formed this task force to report on the current state of the learning management system. 

UWS  currently supports Desire2Learn (D2L) as a system wide learning management system. Our contract with D2L ends July 2013. With the fast changing LMS landscape, new technology possibilities, and an agreement with the state's Department of Administration to study the LMS market prior to the next renewal of contract, the Learn@UW Executive Committee has formed the LMS Exploratory Task Force as a first step to address the future direction of LMS platform at UW System.

Charge to the Task Force:
  • Study the status of the current LMS (D2L) at UW campuses from the faculty, students, and programs perspectives. Gather the unmet needs and requirements on D2L as an effective e-learning environment
  • Scan the current LMS environment, the upcoming e-learning trends, and ascertain how D2L positions itself compared to others
  • Determine areas that should be addressed by the LMS or via other strategies to meet the need of online learning in the next five years or beyond
  • Make recommendations to the Learn@UW EC and the UW System CIO on the next steps in the LMS direction
Deliverables and Timeline

The Task Force will deliver a written report on the findings and recommendations to the Learn@UW Executive Committee and the UWS CIO by July 1, 2011.

Questions and Volunteers

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering your expertise in this effort, there are plenty of participation opportunities. Please contact any members of the task force, or Lorna Wong, chair (lwong@uwsa.edu).