Staying Sane When Migrating To A New Lms

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CCCOnline shares their experiences, challenges, processes, and lessons learned when migrating from one LMS to another.

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Staying Sane When Migrating To A New Lms

  1. 1. Staying Sane When Migrating to a New LMS<br />WCET, October 2009<br />
  2. 2. Presenters<br />Donna HallInstructional Design Team CoordinatorCCCOnlinedonna.hall@cccs.edu<br />Debra Warren Instructional DesignerCCCOnline debra.warren@cccs.edu<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Colorado Community College System <br />13 colleges and CCCOnline<br />117,000+ students annually<br />1,200 secondary, 800 postsecondary career and technical programs<br />Blackboard (WebCT) Vista 4.2 to Desire2Learn<br />Started migration planning January 2009<br />All colleges on D2L by January 2010<br />
  4. 4. Initial Planning<br />Communicate early, often<br />LMS support<br />IT<br />Administrators<br />Staff<br />Faculty<br />Helpdesk<br />Get feedback from all parties <br />
  5. 5. OriginalPlanforMigrating<br />Faculty<br />Unsubscribe all files<br />Backup, download course<br />Upload backup to file sever<br />Staff<br />Migrate backup to D2L<br />Copy migrated course into “Master” course<br />Enroll faculty in “Master” course<br />
  6. 6. OriginalPlanforMigrating<br />Pros<br />Spread work over many individuals<br />Faculty responsible for selecting course to be migrated<br />Cons<br />Faculty technically challenged<br />Faculty had to be on network to upload backup<br />User errors<br />
  7. 7. Test, Test, Test!<br />Plan for challenges<br />Verify procedures work as expected<br />QA all procedures (recruit guinea pigs)<br />Example: Because of established communication and repeated tests, when the decision to change plan was made, the switch only took a week.<br />
  8. 8. PilotCourses<br />Pilot small number of courses<br />View and test as Student<br />Hand-select pilot faculty<br />Don’t assume everyone adapts well to change<br />There will be surprises on who are early adaptors<br />Stress “there is a reason it is called a pilot”<br />
  9. 9. MigratingAllCourses<br />Mentors<br />Conference to rollout training <br />Variety of training for all learning styles<br />Positive attitude<br />Scheduling<br />
  10. 10. Lessons Learned<br /><ul><li>Communication is key
  11. 11. Be flexible
  12. 12. Have contingency plans
  13. 13. Stay positive
  14. 14. Buy lots of stress relieving toys!</li>

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