LMS Replacement at Ithaca College

A collaborative effort with the Office of the Provost and Information Technology, with support from faculty, students, and staff.

Ithaca College is working with students, faculty, and other campus stakeholders to replace our Learning Management System (LMS) Sakai with a new, modern, teaching and learning tool for our faculty and students. Ithaca College made the decision to go with Sakai in 2010. In recent years feedback from many faculty and students indicates that Sakai is no longer meeting their needs.  In addition, over the past 10 years, colleges and universities have been migrating away from Sakai and moving to other learning platforms. Sakai is an open-source, community-supported platform, meaning that the colleges and universities that leverage the tool are also the same people doing quality assurance and development. As the colleges and universities have left Sakai; the pool of contributors that support the tool has also left. This has caused a major gap in the systems integration capabilities, quality assurance, and usability of Sakai.

The college has stood up an advisory committee and action groups that will be engaging with members across the campus and using that feedback to recommend a new tool for teaching and learning. The committee is comprised of a faculty representative from each of the 5 schools, two student representatives appointed by the Student Government Council, an associate dean, and an associate provost.  Support and technical guidance are being provided by staff from Information Technology.  Two action groups are also forming and will be assessing the technical and usability requirements of a new LMS.

The advisory team and action groups will be seeking your feedback through a number of methods.  There will be town halls and listening sessions scheduled this fall (see the engagement opportunities tab for more details).  Additionally, you can give your feedback through the LMS Open Feedback Form (Tab on the left of this page.).

Our goal is to have the selection process completed by the end of November 2020.  This will allow for implementation to occur during the spring semester, with the hope that we will be able to have a few pilot courses in the new system during that time.  Migration for all courses will occur during the summer of 2021, with Sakai being turned off at the start of the fall 2021 semester.