A "needs assessment survey" is open for all interested faculty, staff, students and instructional designers (i.e. "UAB Online stakeholders") to share their thoughts on features/tools that must be present in the UAB learning management system (LMS), whether the current system (Blackboard) is selected, or a new one is adopted. The survey will be open through Aug. 5 and the results will be announced in the eReporter and posted on the UAB Online website by Aug.12. All are encouraged to complete the nine-question survey and give feedback. Direct questions regarding the process to uabonline@uab.edu. The survey can also be accessed from UAB Online.

UAB's contract with Blackboard as the academic learning management system will be ending in September 2014. In order to ensure a fully informed decision is made related to this critical system, an academic-driven process is in place for LMS evaluation, decision and rollout, which will heavily involve the CTL Academic Council, the UAB Online Academic Council and the Instructional Designers Consortium. All three groups will be needed to ensure broad and deep participation throughout the UAB community in this important decision process. For details on the process see http://www.uab.edu/online/strategic-plan/lms-process.