Brightspace the clear frontrunner – in two separate evaluations
In 2014 the university embarked upon a search for a new LMS, the first of two evaluations it would conduct. “We looked at all the major LMS solutions. In the end, after an exhaustive review of the top players, D2L was the top choice. But for various reasons, we didn’t make a move at that time,” says Starnes.
While D2L was the clear forerunner in the 2014 evaluation, the Purdue Global team felt there were a few areas where the Brightspace learning management system could be improved. The evaluation team at Purdue Global felt the mobile platform, for instance, hadn’t gone nearly far enough. Starnes and the rest of the team were assured by D2L that a new mobile interface was on the roadmap.
In the Fall of 2015, Purdue Global revisited its LMS options one more time. They called D2L and one other vendor back to the table.
“Purdue Global is a very cautious organization,” says Starnes. “We wanted to be sure. So we gave it 30 days and put the two vendors head to head.”
The second evaluation team included representation from all departments, and included people from the previous evaluation, along with some new faces.
“We made them put in the time and the effort. During the 30 days we met with each vendor team at least half a dozen times,” says Starnes. “We examined every aspect of the LMS and the vendor relationship; from the mobile interface to the future roadmap, to the financial stability of the organization. In the end, there was overwhelming support for D2L and Brightspace. D2L had made commitments to us back in 2014, and in 2015 we saw that they had done what they said they were going to do. That impressed us very much. While we liked and could have lived with either vendor product, we really liked the culture of the D2L organization and how it fit with Purdue Global. D2L talked the language of competency-based learning, and as this is a key part of our future, we felt D2L had the strongest support and understanding of this model.”