Committee seeks advice on future of eLearning

November 27, 2003, vol. 28, no. 7



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An SFU committee is in the midst of defining a new vision for supporting SFU's eLearning environment.

Led by associate VP-academic Bill Krane, the learning management systems selection committee (LMSSC) is seeking extensive input from SFU students, faculty and staff as it evaluates the latest generation of educational technology products.

“We're developing a new vision for supporting SFU's future online learning and research environment,” explains John Moore, manager of teaching enhancement services and a member of the coordinating PAC committee.

While various departments throughout the university currently use a range of technologies, such as WebCT, online conferencing software, and synchronous online discussion tools, Moore says there are benefits to adopting an enterprise-wide system. Another important decision is whether or not to use a free, open source system or buy a ready-made solution.

Ultimately, says Moore, the decision is a serious one, affecting the university's competitive advantage in the educational marketplace.

Already, more than 1,900 students have provided input through an online survey. Now the LMSSC is requesting that faculty participate in an online survey at www.sfu.ca/lidc/lmssc.

There will also be ongoing consultations sessions and keynote speakers.

Information on the consultation times and locations are available at http://www.sfu.ca/lidc/lmssc.

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