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Open Course Library
The Open Course Library project, part of the Washington Student Completion Initiative, is about designing 81 high enrollment, gatekeeper and pre-college courses for face-to-face, hybrid and/or online delivery, to improve course completion rates, lower textbook costs for students, provide new resources for faculty to use in their courses, and for our college system to fully engage the global open educational resources discussion. This last point is straight from a guiding principle in our Strategic Technology Plan to “cultivate the culture and practice of using and contributing to open educational resources.”
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ANGEL to Canvas Transition
September 2012: ANGEL is the learning management system (LMS) currently in use at a
majority of the colleges in the CTC system. ANGEL is a commercial product that has
been acquired by Blackboard, a large LMS provider. Blackboard announced an end of life
for ANGEL, necessitating a transition to Blackboard, Version 9.1 LMS or another solution.
A request for proposals (RFP) went out in November of 2011 and an RFP committee was
formed. The committee was composed of members who represented the college system
community broadly including student services, IT, eLearning, librarians, faculty,
as well as representatives from all six state universities, with help from system
faculty members who evaluated the responses and tested and scored the top three submissions.
After evaluating the RFP responses, getting feedback from almost 1000 instructors,
staff members, and students, and attending two days of live demonstration by finalists,
the committee chose Instructure Canvas as the apparent successful replacement. A
contract was then negotiated with Instructure and was in place by June 2012, thus
allowing colleges ample time for migration before the ANGEL contract will end. Several
colleges have now migrated into Canvas with the wide majority expected to migrate
over the course of the next year.
Information on User Testing:
form used for formal faculty testing is available for review.
There was also a survey that anyone who interested in providing feedback but but that
didn ’t have time to work through the series of in depth tasks and scoring process
could use. The informal
feedback form is available for review only.
Past eLearning projects are available in the eLearning
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