New LMS on CBS

The board of directors has decided to replace CBSLearn. The process is initiated in May 2016 and the first step will be to prepare for a tender in fall 2016. CBSLearn is one of the big IT systems at CBS and the replacement will affect most students, faculty and administration. Some will be engaged during the process but most will not be affected before the new system in place, likely to be in 2018 or even later. What about my material on CBSLearn? Your material on CBSLearn will not disappear and CBSLearn will not be shut down over night. In due time everyone will be asked to copy material from CBSLearn to the new system and the transition period will be at least 1 year, maybe even longer than that. Files like Word documents and Power Point presentations can easily be copied. What about integrated material like quizzes, videos, course design etc. You will get help for that. When the new system is in place, everyone who has developed integrated learning activities in CBSLearn will be offered help to redo the entire course in the new system. Why is CBSLearn replaced? There are several reasons for replacement of CBSLearn. Primary strategic reasons:
  • CBS wants to pursue the opportunities in online- and blended learning and it is of strategic priority to optimize the digital infrastructure for that.
  • Ease of use for students, faculty and admin is of very high concern in order to fulfill that strategy.
  • CBS will not build up and maintain the necessary organizational capacity in order to continuous development and maintenance of an up-to-date, user friendly open source platform as CBSLearn.
  • Even if CBS did build up that capacity, we would hardly be able to keep pace with new marked trends at the same pace as leading suppliers of LMS’, especially when ‘technological jumps’ takes place.
Primary operational reasons:
  • CBSLearn has improved considerably in the last 1-2 years but it is still lacking behind in some areas. Some of the most prominent complaints from students and faculty relates to:
    • Mobile accessibility is limited to a browser-based version.
    • Flexibility in course structure is limited by a linear and old fashioned topic-by-topic structure.
    • User friendliness is limited, especially concerning some specific learning activities as peer assessment and quizzes.
    • Limitations regarding overview of student progress and presentation formats of continuous learning analytics.    

Last updated by: Ulla Bergen 03/08/2016