Course demos: The L21 project team invited faculty and instructional designers from peer institutions to show some of their course web sites, implemented with a variety of LMS solutions. The goal of these sessions was to experience different Learning Management Systems in a “real life” context, with an opportunity to ask questions. These sessions, held from mid-October through mid-November, were open to all Dartmouth faculty. We appreciate the perspective from representatives of the following institutions: Sakai Presenter: Duke University,Blackboard 9.1 SP8 Presenter: University of Maine, Moodle Presenters: Clark University and Smith College, Canvas Presenter: Brown University Desire2Learn Presenter: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vendor demos: We held brief (1 hour) vendor demos in mid-November 2012. The sessions were open to all faculty.
- Blackboard 9.1 SP10 demo. Recording available here
- Canvas demo. Recording available here
- Sakai demo by rSmart. Recording available here
- Desire2Learn demo. Recording available here
- Moodle demo by Moodlerooms (no audio available). Recording available here
Test accounts: Would you rather try out an alternate LMS, rather than just hear about it? Here is information on how to test drive the three systems.
- Blackboard: Blackboard makes free course web sites available to the world at large at https://www.coursesites.com – visit the site to sign up for a free user account and course site. This site is currently running Blackboard 9.1 SP9 (one functional version ahead of Dartmouth). It is slated to be upgraded to SP10 on November 12. SP10 will contain many significant functional and interface enhancements and additions.
- Canvas: Canvas allows you to register for a 3-week trial account, or to build an actual trial course in Canvas. Go to http://www.instructure.com/try-canvas to sign up for either.
- Desire2Learn: To sign up for a D2L trial account, fill out the form at http://www.desire2learn.com/try