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LMS Evaluations and Course Management System Evaluations cornerstones to strategic planning. Every year the Gilfus Education Group assists dozens of academic institutions in evaluating their existing ...

LMS Evaluations and Course Management System Evaluations cornerstones to strategic planning. Every year the Gilfus Education Group assists dozens of academic institutions in evaluating their existing Learning Management System (Course Management System) to determine its alignment to the strategic plan. The following presentation represents Gilfus Education Group process for evaluating a learning management system.

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    • LMS Review and Evaluation
    • Agenda  About the Gilfus Education Group  The LMS Evaluation Process  Contact © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 2
    • Company Overview and Background ABOUT GILFUS © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 3
    • About Gilfus: Founding The Gilfus Education Group is an independent consulting firm founded by a father of modern day eLearning and the business and technical expert behind Blackboard Inc., the world’s leading learning management system (LMS). Stephen Gilfus Mr. Gilfus left Blackboard in 2007 with a vision to bring together a team of highly skilled industry professionals to foster global education innovation to meet the needs of 21st century learning capabilities and knowledge economies.. © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 4
    • About Gilfus: Background  By delivering - education strategy - research services and Education Technology - implementations Nexus  to - educational institutions, Business - industry investors and - educational companies “The group provides capabilities at the nexus of education, business and technology that facilitate global education innovation.” © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    • About Gilfus: Company Growth  In 2009 – 2010 the Gilfus Education Group acquired two companies.  Expertise in PSFT, SunGard and ERP  IVV, PMO’s, HE, State, Local  Strategic Planning  Leading Transformational Change © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 6
    • About Gilfus: Mission  Combine: - Industry Vision - Thought Leadership - Organizational Planning - and Technology Expertise The New “Gartner of Education”. Driving vision through to implementation, and back to help reinvent and create sustainability. © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 7
    • About Gilfus: Business Clients  Branding, corporate strategy,  Content thought leadership and distribution, business, tech technology strategy. nology and highly scalable eLearning strategies. © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 8
    • About Gilfus: Education Clients/Partners “Our team members have helped thousands of organizations implement enterprise Academic and Administrative technologies and plan for the future.” © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 9
    • Recommendations and Selections  Our consultants have intimate familiarity with virtually every Learning Management System currently on the market.  Each LMS has its pros, cons, and shades of grey.  Similarly, each vendor takes different positions and approaches to supporting online education.  We assess the landscape and match each system’s nuances with our clients’ specific needs. “Over the past 18 months we have recommended Blackboard, Sakai, Moodle, Moodlerooms, GoingOn, Angel and others to our clients, depending upon their unique requirements and goals.” © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 10
    • Company Overview and Background LMS EVALUATIONS © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 11
    • Preparing for an Evaluation 1. Assemble a core team of stakeholders 2. Establish a commitment to begin the process 3. Align the projects mission to the strategic plan of the institution 4. Establish communication plans and be transparent “Alignment of any evaluation process to the institutions strategic planning is critical for success.” © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 12
    • LMS Evaluation Process Discover Assess Experience Analyze Suggest © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 13
    • LMS Evaluation - Discovery  Build consensus on the institutional vision  Review LMS history and culture  Consider the current LMS offerings  Think about and compile future needs  Baseline  Reflect LMS DISCOVERY Strategic  Report Strategy Document LMS History Sessions Review Organizational Directional Current Services Operations Understanding Current LMS Documentation & Offerings Materials Review © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 14
    • Key Aspects of Discovery  Why are you considering an evaluation? - Draft a vision statement for the evaluation - Determine the purpose of the evaluation - Document critical evaluation criteria  Who are the institutional stakeholders? - Determine key participants - Who are the most vocal? Staff Students - What is the institutions history of decision making? Faculty Leadership - Detail How will history and LMS Evaluation culture will affect the process? © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 15
    • LMS Evaluation Process Discover Assess Experience Analyze Suggest © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 16
    • LMS Evaluation - Assess  Interview core institutional groups LMS ASSESS Interview Interview  Review existing LMS operations University Leadership Directors & Managers  Determine faculty and student usage Training and Support Services  Assess faculty and student needs  Define a current LMS state IT Infrastructure  Determine total cost of ownership Faculty/Staff Interviews  Report Student Interviews Current State of LMS © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 17
    • Key Aspects of Assess  How is the LMS used within the institutions? - Obtain usage statistics on LMS tool sets - Determine content usage and types - Outline most/least used features and functions - Conduct focus groups and outline perceptions  What are the costs associated with the current LMS? - Application Software and Services - Hardware and other Infrastructure - Integrated Services and extensions - Training, Support and Administration - Custom Development (If Any) © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 18
    • LMS Evaluation – Experience Discover Assess Experience Analyze Suggest © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 19
    • LMS Evaluation - Experience  Outline key features and functions  Evaluate usability and user experience  Align capabilities to institutional and constituents vision EXPERIENCE Feature Function Integrated User Experience  Outline strengths Review Systems and weaknesses LMS Capabilities  360° review of Vendors Desired Features Workflow and Functions Strengths & Weaknesses © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 20
    • Key Aspects of Experience  How is the LMS expected to grow within your institution? - What does past usage suggest? - Can workflow be improved to meet the institutions objectives? - Are new online programs expected? - Are processes expected to change? - Does the strategic plan infer changes in the LMS strategy?  What is happening in the Marketplace? - Compile list of LMS vendors - Review stated capabilities and publicly accessible materials © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 21
    • LMS Evaluation - Analyze Discover Assess Experience Analyze Suggest © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 22
    • LMS Evaluation - Suggest Discover Assess Experience Analyze Suggest © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 23
    • Gilfus Education Group COMPANY CONTACTS © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 24
    • Company Contacts  The Gilfus Education Group has provided strategic advisory services to thousands academic institutions in understanding the challenges and impacts of adoption for technology within education.  Located in Washington D.C with offices in Northern Virginia, Atlanta “Your LMS Evaluation GA and consulting locations Experts.” throughout the country. info@gilfuseducationgroup.com Toll Free: 888.861.3375 © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 25
    • References and Resources “The Gilfus Education Group provided critical assistance in our LMS evaluation, there level of knowledge of the education space and ERP and LMS technologies is far superior than other organizations we have worked with. 60% of our review is from online enrollments so it was critical to have such expertise working with us.” - Christopher Duffy, CIO Peirce College © 2010 Gilfus Education Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 26
    • LMS Review and Evaluation