I’ve been trying to think of some of the projects I most enjoyed over the past few years. I know Christy posted this already in her blog, but I’d thought I’d share our journey to selecting a new Learning Management System with all of you. This was quite a journey we took to find a new Learning Management system. I have to say it’s been one of the projects I’ve been most proud to work on during my entire career. I learned much more about working effectively with a virtual team on this project than during my seven years at a technology development company. Of all the highlights of this journey I’m most proud of the work we did to provide a usability test and develop a comprehensive training package that prepared our users for the transition from our old LMS to Sakai. Overall, we’re very happy with Sakai and our contract with rSmart to house and maintain our LMS (not our content). As we noted in the presentation we reviewed and tested several LMSs and even several vendors before we found one that met our needs. For me this was a lesson in the value of thorough planning rather than making snap and uneducated decisions about choosing any type of system or vendor.
A fun note, we used ToonDoo to create slides around a narrative about our story, and we told our story to the slides. Christy even opened our preso by playing the Star Trek theme. Fun times!