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After a review of many fine RFP submissions, we have identified the four finalists. They are (in alphabetical order):



Instructure Canvas

MoodleRooms Joule

These vendors will be giving live demonstrations in Lee Hall. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend but seating is limited.

Live Stream of Vendor Demos at:

Demo Schedule:

Each vendor is being asked to use the same agenda for their demo so that we will be able to have as close as possible apples-to-apples comparison.


0:00 – 0:03 – Introductions and instructions for audience (By UMW)

  • Time Limits for presentations
  • Audience should limit questions to open question periods
  • Audience should save questions that will be covered in the scenarios for that time

0:03 – 0:20 – Broad overview of your system capabilities

  • Company philosophy, background and experience in higher-ed LMS market
  • Product usability and top features:
    • Overview of navigation.
    • Entering a syllabus using the system document creation tools.
    • Uploading content – types of content accepted (typical file types), storage limits and/or quotas.
    • Content navigation from faculty and student views.
    • Selective release of content
    • Managing content – demonstrate how can faculty manage their content in the system
    • Setting up and modifying a course calendar.
    • Controlling openness of course/guest access options
    • Ability to leverage third party tools and/or social networking tools (native and third party).
    • Ability for individual user (faculty and student) to download their own activity and assets from the course either as an archive and/or as a set of individual assets that can be reused outside the vendor system.
    • Typical method for moving (or linking) content from one semester to another. (Course rollover methods)
    • Online and integrated help features.
    • After covering the above, any other items the presenter would like to highlight or demonstrate.

0:20 – 0:25 – Open Question Period

0:25 – 0:50 – Specific Systems in some detail

  • Gradebook system – demonstrate the features for faculty and students.
  • Assessment system – Show a sample test including major question types, questions pulled from question pool – presented in random order, including some graphics and mathematical text. If the vendor system testing feature permits randomized numbers and/or calculated answer types, please include at least one example on the test. Include any relevant information on selective release by individual question and/or test.
  • Ability to foster community building via communication and collaboration tools including specifics of how email and messaging works within the system and to external systems.
  • Student tracking and identity verification features.
  • Academic integrity features (native and third party partners).
  • Methods for integrating and/or linking to streaming media.
  • Importing/Exporting/Copying courses overview.
    • Vendor will be provided with an existing UMW online course in Blackboard course archive format. Vendor should have previously migrated the course to the vendor’s system. The Vendor should present an overview of the imported course, stating the approximate time/effort/resources required to convert the course. If possible, please provide log-in credentials for viewing the migrated course after the demo.
  • After covering the above, any other items the presenter would like to demonstrate.

0:50 – 1:00 – Open Question Period
1:00 – 1:20 – Scenarios

  • How Do I….?
    • …Combine Sections of existing courses (via Banner Student integration and by faculty post Banner)
    • …grade a project proposal submitted by a group and assign grades to each individual group member.
    • …know if a student is low-performing (demo of an early warning system, if  available, from faculty and student perspectives).
    • …download my own assets (faculty and student) from the course either as an archive and/or as a set of individual assets that can be reused outside the vendor system.
    • …move (or link) content from one semester to another. (Course rollover methods)

1:20 – 1:30 – Open question period on LMS Features or other scenarios proposed by audience

1:30 – 1:45 – Technical back-end demo

  • Overview of system admin interface
  • Discussion of Banner Student integration methods
  • Discussion of security features
  • Discussion of incremental and system backup procedures.
  • Discussion of disaster recovery plan and typical time line to restore approximately 1500 courses.

1:45 – 1:55 – Technical Q & A

1:55 – 2:00 – Final open question period and final remarks

The committee welcomes comments about any and all of these vendor products.

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