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Update on Review of Learning Management System


Faculty, Students, and Staff,

We began working on the process for the Learning Management System (LMS) review in summer 2017, with the first meeting of the LMS Review Committee in early fall term (September 2017). Several faculty, students, and staff from all colleges and relevant units served on the LMS Review Committee (names listed below our signature line). They willingly shared their expertise, gave of their time, surveyed faculty members, and reviewed many documents and systems to provide recommendations for our campus LMS. We greatly appreciate them and their work.

What you need to know: UTHSC has opted to renew our contract with Blackboard for another year (until December 2019). This will give us the time to further involve the campus in discussions about our academic technology at UTHSC.

Should you have questions about our LMS or the process we undertook to review our LMS, please let us know. Our thanks to Nigel Davies, Associate Director of the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) and Samba Diop, Academic Technology Application Specialist in the TLC for their management of the year-long process, and to Vice Chancellor Jan van der Aa, as a co-sponsor of the LMS Review. As well, our thanks to the Office of Finance (Vice Chancellor Tony Ferrara) and Procurement Services (especially Jonathan Lawshe, Director, and Michelle Newman, Assistant Director) for their support in the process.

We look forward to working with you in support of our teaching and learning at UTHSC.

Lori Gonzalez, Vice Chancellor of Academic, Faculty & Student Affairs, <lsgonz01@uthsc.edu>


Cindy Russell, Associate Vice Chancellor of Faculty Affairs, <crussell@uthsc.edu>

Members of the LMS Review Committee:

  • Billy Barnett
  • Jacque Bradford
  • Jackie Burchum
  • Shelly Gareiss
  • Peg Hartig
  • Dawn Havrda
  • Paul (PJ) Koltnow
  • Vivian Loveless
  • Mark Miller
  • Mark Scarbecz
  • Marcia Sharp
  • Trevor Sweatman
  • Angela Taylor
  • Brad Terhune