JHU has launched a comprehensive process to select a replacement for Blackboard Learn, the University’s primary learning management system (LMS). Blackboard Learn will no longer be supported by the vendor at the end of 2023. The University needs your help to choose a replacement LMS that will satisfy the most needs for the most users and enhance all modes of learning for now and in the future. (As a note, the School of Public Health’s CoursePlus will continue to be maintained by that division, and it is not affected by this process.)
LMS Selection Process Overview
The Provost’s Office has formed the LMS Steering Committee with representation from division leadership, faculty, and students to guide the selection process. They will review replacement LMSs and make a recommendation to senior leadership based on the needs and feedback of faculty, students, and staff feedback. The committee will use a variety of data collection methods to gather stakeholder input including broad surveys, in-depth interviews, and hands-on testing. Blackboard Learn serves a large and diverse community of teachers and learners at JHU and your feedback is essential to make sure your voice is heard.
This page contains a background, a timeline, and information on how to share your input. We will update this area with information as it becomes available.
Blackboard Learn 9.1 was implemented at JHU in 2010. It is currently used by 10 of 11 divisions, and hosts thousands of courses every semester. When Blackboard was implemented, fully online programs and smartphones were brand new. Our needs have grown significantly in the past 10 years, and the replacement LMS will need to be flexible enough to adapt as our needs grow. The new LMS will give faculty and students the benefit of a cleaner user interface, a stronger mobile platform, and better integration with 3rd party tools. As we seek to distinguish the potential replacements, your input will be essential to align our choice with specific needs of the faculty, students, and staff.
- Formation of the LMS Steering Committee to guide the process (Complete)
- Evaluations of Vendors and Platforms – Spring 2021
- Vendor Selection – by Summer 2021
- Pilot of the platform and Implementation – during the 2021-2022 academic school year
- Launch – by 2022-2023 academic school year
JHU has launched a comprehensive review process to inform the selection of a replacement for Blackboard Learn, the University’s primary learning management system (LMS). Our version of Blackboard will be phased out by the end of 2023. The University is seeking your input to choose a replacement LMS to most thoroughly satisfy user needs and enhance all modes of learning for now and in the future. (Note: The School of Public Health’s CoursePlus is not affected by this process.)
The faculty and student survey period for assessing current LMS satisfaction ended on March 8, 2021.
Stage 2 LMS Evaluation
The next stage of user evaluation is open from now until 5/11/21.
Stage 2 Evaluation is open to students interested in having hands-on experience with the potential replacement Learning Management Systems. Students can request access to a “sandbox” testing environment and are encouraged to test out the features most important to them in each LMS that JHU is considering. After exploring one of the LMSs, share your feedback on the Sandbox Evaluation form, which should take 10-15 minutes per system.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff can also request access to a “sandbox” testing environment from their division. This is the best way to learn about the potential replacement LMSs. Faculty and staff are encouraged to test out the features they use most frequently, and to explore new possibilities each LMS offers. After hands-on time with one of the LMSs, share your feedback on the evaluation form, which should take 10-15 minutes per system.
For faculty and staff who are short on time, we also offer short demonstration videos on various features that you can rate. If you prefer this path, visit the
Faculty and Staff Sandbox LMS Evaluation form and choose “by viewing brief demonstration videos comparing a feature across the LMSs.” Demonstration videos are organized by topics, and you can submit as many ratings as you like.