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New Learning Management System Brings Changes to BeachBoard

Published: December 15, 2008

CSULB is adopting a new Learning Management System (LMS) offered by ANGEL Learning Inc. to run BeachBoard, the e-learning environment that makes discussion boards and instructional materials like syllabi and quizzes available to students online.

“The decision to adopt the ANGEL Learning Management System is the result of an extensive vetting process that included the creation of an Ad Hoc LMS Steering Committee and an LMS Evaluation Task Force made up of interested students, faculty, staff, and administrators,” Provost Karen L. Gould said.

Two learning management systems were evaluated based upon 114 criteria established by the task force. ANGEL was selected for its intuitive and flexible teaching and learning tools, commitment to openness for customization, compliance with Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) requirements identified by the CSU Chancellor’s Office, ability to integrate with PeopleSoft, and its award-winning technical support.

With ANGEL, faculty will continue to focus on teaching and learning with additional tools such as wikis, blogs and an award-winning e-portfolio tool. They will have more options when using the grade book feature, including customizing their view of and efficient input into the grade book. ANGEL will make BeachBoard more interactive for students, incorporating the Google search engine and podcasting options. Students and faculty will be instantly notified of new announcements, discussion posts and e-mails and will be able to view BeachBoard on their PDA or iPhone.

ANGEL Learning, which is used at many large universities nationwide including Penn State University, Michigan State University, and approximately one half of the State University of New York (SUNY) system campuses, will replace BlackBoard, the existing learning management system. The search for a new LMS was prompted by the upcoming expiration of BlackBoard’s contract with CSULB coupled with a desire to find an LMS that better meets faculty and students’ needs as well as accessibility guidelines established by the chancellor’s office.

The Office of Academic Technology will work with students, faculty and staff to ensure a smooth and seamless migration to ANGEL LMS. Academic Technology staff will begin phasing in ANGEL next summer with a few courses. It is expected to be fully in place by January 2010.