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LMS Project Team

Project Sponsor(s):
Jordania Leon-Jordan, Chief Information Officer
Gary Wood, Vice Provost Academic Affairs

Project Manager(s):
Patrick Hurley, IT Project Manager
Linda Wawiorka, Instructional Technology Manager

System Integration:
Jordania Leon-Jordan, Chief Information Officer
Ashfaq Yusuf, App. Dev. Services Manager

Course Migration:
Linda Wawiorka, Instructional Technology Manager
Hannah Emery, Instructional Technology Specialist

Online Programs:
Eric Ludwig, Instructional Design Manager
Maggie Lawler, Instructional Designer

Instructional Design:
Eric Ludwig, Instructional Design Manager
Maggie Lawler, Instructional Designer

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UW System selects Canvas as new Learning Management System

UW System Administration’s Procurement Office has issued a Notice of Intent to Instructure for their Canvas product. To ensure a successful contracting process, it is very important that institutions follow procurement rules during the contract negotiation phase of the RFP. During this time between negotiation and the contract signing with Instructure, it is extremely important that the university adheres to the following guidelines as stated by UW System Administration:

  • There will be no communication with Instructure by anyone within UW System regarding this process, the contract or any other information regarding the UW System relationship with Instructure except the UWSA negotiating team.
  • All institutions, with the exception of UW-Madison, are impacted by this contract process.
  • Institutions shall not participate in any free-trial use of Canvas prior to the official rollout. 
  • Institutions shall not migrate any courses from the D2L system to a Canvas system until authorized to do so by the project manager.

About the LMS Transition

The University of Wisconsin System currently supports a common Learning Management System (LMS), Desire2Learn (D2L). More than 85% of the courses offered within the UW System make use of the D2L for supporting face-to-face, blended/hybrid, and fully-online courses. UW-System's contract extension with D2L ends in June, 2020.

[February 2017] A core team of Evaluators and a core team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), from across UWS, participated in the UW-System LMS RFP project. Names of the Evaluators and SMEs were not released to ensure their anonymity during the evaluation process.

[April 2017] As part of the RFP process, supplier solution “sandboxes,” and scenario demonstration videos, where made available in a secured, online environment for review and feedback from UW-System instructors, staff and students.

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