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LMS Evaluation

Digital Learning Technologies Committee


We Want Your Feedback

The Digital Learning Technologies committee is evaluating and will make a recommendation whether UAA should select Blackboard Ultra or Canvas for its next Learning Management System. As part of this committee’s work, we are asking for your feedback specifically concerning features and tools you find most useful, most frustrating, or missing. Please take the short feedback survey by January 31 so we can include your experience in our review.

  Take the Survey

Message from the Co-Chairs

Selecting UAA’s next Learning Management System is incredibly important work that will have an impact on faculty, staff, and students for years to come. We are pleased to serve as the co-chairs of the Digital Learning Technologies Committee and look forward to input from the UAA community. This webpage will keep stakeholders informed about the DLTC’s process and present opportunities to become involved in this work. So stay tuned for more information in the coming months about the evaluation process and how you can have input. Don’t hesitate to reach out to any of us on the committee with questions.

All the best, Kathrynn Hollis-Buchanan, MBA, EdS, abd EdD, Co-Chair

Associate Professor, Kodiak CollegeClaudia Lampman, PhD., Co-Chair
Vice Provost for Students Success, Dean of the Honors College, and Professor of Psychology


The charge for the Digital Learning Technologies committee is to evaluate and make recommendations as to whether UAA should select Blackboard Ultra or Canvas for its next LMS, taking into account at least the following factors:Digital Learning Technologies Committee Charges

  1. requirements for faculty transition to each LMS (Blackboard Ultra and Canvas)
  2. requirements for IT and other support services to facilitate the transition to each LMS
  3. overall costs of the transition to each LMS, including contract fees and indirect costs (e.g., staff support, training, faculty compensation for transition work, etc.)
  4. feasibility of the transition to each LMS, given available support services/resources
  5. availability of embedded or add-on platforms to support related needs in each LMS, such as test proctoring, non-credit course registration, E-portfolio use, student success alerts and data tracking, etc.

As part of the evaluation process, the committee will:

  • develop/use clear criteria for LMS comparison
  • recruit feedback from stakeholders (student, staff, and faculty)
  • provide transparency and communication with the larger UAA community throughout the evaluation process

The committee should complete its work and provide its recommendation no later than April 1, 2022.

Committee Membership

  • Claudia Lampman, Co-Chair, Vice Provost for Student Success
  • Kathrynn Hollis-Buchannon, Co-Chair, Associate Professor of Accounting and Business, CBPP and Kodiak College
  • Julie Gardella, Analyst and Program Specialist at University of Alaska Center for Economic Development
  • Megan Gunderson, Instructional Design & Technology Specialist, Prince William Sound College
  • Ginger Blackmon, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, School of Education
  • Chokri Sendi, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Clair Kochis, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Kenai Peninsula College
  • John Zetterman, Infrastructure Services Director, Information Technology Services
  • Yvonne Chase, Associate Professor of Human Services, College of Health
  • Douglass Bourne, Term Assistant Professor, Community & Technical College
  • Holli Yancey, Instructional Design and Technology Director, Center for Human Development
  • Katie Walker, Instructional Designer, College of Health Clinical Health Sciences
  • Shanone Tejada, USUAA Senator (student)
  • Ella Bryner, USUAA Delegate (student)

Evaluation Project Phases

Full committee met with sales representatives and attended demonstrations of Blackboard Ultra and Canvas (November 2021)

Committee members are working in four subcommittees (December 1, 2021 through February 13, 2022)

  • Course Development and Review in LMS Test Environments
  • Feature Comparison
  • Technical Requirements and Considerations
  • Cost and Transition Analysis