My quick searches on here did not reveal any recent in-depth conversations about LMS's searches. I'm really curious if any one has gone through the process of procuring a LMS and what their proposal and requirements were.
I would love email, or even chatting on the phone.
Just finished here (note: I was not a part of the search). Originally we were on Blackboard, then switched to ANGEL about three years ago because BB screwed us. Now that ANGEL is owned by BB, we didn't want to stay. Ultimate result was Canvas (http://www.instructure.com/). I gotta say too, of all of them I saw (I did sit in on demos), this was the best by miles. They're also open source, so you can add your own stuff if you have Ruby people to do it. If they accept the code into the core, they'll take on the maintenance from that point forward. They did research with something like 20 different schools to discover the real world requirements before they ever wrote a line of code.
All said, I think we made the right choice with Canvas. Edvance360 was the other finalist, and I thought it was HORRIBLE. I even managed to exploit two different XSS vectors in an hour sitting with it. Not confidence inspiring.
Oh that one is yummie. I see they have a 1 day conference in Florida next week, I may fly down to see what I can take away from that. I like the clean work they have done w/ the tool.
I was explaining to someone recently that the tool is an important factor but that ultimately, much like a website, it comes down to content and the support staffing and structure in place to get the content up there. This looks to me like the support staff to course ratio may be a bit lower than others.
Are you aware of any research or documentation on roughly numbers of Instructional designers to courses people are generally using? It's a rather broad and loaded statement I know given the diversity of teaching... but still a question worth asking.
John, if you were in NE I'd suggest you join us for our LMS unConference on March 5th in Worcester MA. http://edtechgroup.org/lmsunconference/
I was part of Brown's LMS assessment team and am involved currently with our implementation. View our project site (sorry, not much in depth info) brown.edu/it/canvas