LMS reviewLTU has been using Blackboard as our Learning Management System (LMS) since 2000. As needs and tools change over time, it is important to continually evaluate them to ensure they are still meeting our needs.

Therefore, LTU is kicking off an LMS review.This project involves selecting a Learning Management System (LMS) which serves the needs of Lawrence Technological University’s faculty and students within the delivery of our courses

The goal is to select an LMS vendor that can provide a robust, intuitive, easy-to-use system that has exceptional technical support.




Signed contract with CANVAS

FALL 2017

Preparation to begin for test system/training and pilot rollout


Phase 1: Planning

An LMS Review Committee was formed to provide feedback and guide the process. The committee was co-chaired by Tim Chavis, Chief Information Officer, IT Services and Lynn Wietecha, Director eLearning Services and was comprised of:

  • LTU faculty representing all LTU colleges and most academic programs
  • Select LTU administration
  • LTU students, both graduate and undergraduate
  • LTU surveyed faculty and students to determine critical requirements of any LMS here at LTU



Survey results were analyzed and results were shared with the LTU community via a summary video 

A Request for Proposal was drafted and shared with the committee and revised several times based on suggestions and feedback. Review meetings were held on January 18 and 19 2017 so all committee members could discuss their suggestions. The committee was informed of how their feedback was incorporated via a short summary video 

The final RFP was posted and shared with vendors on February 2, 2017.
Phase 2: RFP 

The final RFP was posted and shared with vendors on February 2, 2017.

Responding vendors must include the information required in this RFP, both the LMS RFP document and the RFP Addendum. We’ve made the two files available in MS Word and Excel formats to aid completion. The two files are:

  1. LMS Request for Proposal (MS. Word)
  2. LMS RFP Addendum (MS. Excel)

LTU reserves the right to reject a proposal if required information is not provided or if the proposal not organized as directed in the RFP. LTU also reserves the right to change the evaluation criteria and/or any other provision in the RFP by posting notice of the change(s).

Below is the timeline for review, selection and implementation. Questions regarding the RFP, our process or LTU can be emailed to - lms_review@ltu.edu
Proposals are due to LTU by February 28, 2017.
Phase 3: Evaluation


RFP open to Vendors


Q&A period with Vendors. If a vendor has a question while reviewing the RFP, they can email lms_review@ltu.edu. Answers to all questions will be provided to all vendors.


Vendor responses due


Internal review of proposals


Notify finalists


Onsite vendor presentations

Vendor Presentations


canvas Presentation to LTU:

Canvas Presentation to LTU:  

Phase 4: Testing


Test systems made available by finalists


Finalize internal testing. Vendor references will be contacted at this time.


 Preferred vendor notified. Contract negotiations begin.
07/01/2017 Contract awarded
Phase 5: Evaluation

July 2017

LMS Implementation begins

Fall 2017

Vendor provides training to LTU trainers

Fall 2017

Internal LTU training of LMS End users

Jan 2018

Pilot select Spring 2018 courses on new system

Jul 2017

All Summer 2018 courses live on new system