Stress Free Migration with your LMS: Taking your Platform Offline to Move to the Cloud

Concurrent Session 3

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Transitioning your LMS? Going offline for a short period?  Stop by to see how this university migrated from managed hosting to SaaS and survived!  You’ll learn about archiving, prepping your designer staff and marketing to students and faculty. Also, get tips on communicating with your LMS provider.


Kassy Tyler, Ed. D. promotes online and blended learning innovation at the Joint Special Operations University ; the education division of the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill AFB, FL where she serves as the Director of Distance Learning. Kassy earned her doctorate degree at the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Fl.

Extended Abstract

In this Discovery Session attendees will see how a university prepared faculty, students, and staff to take their learning management system offline to go from a managed hosting environment to the Cloud on a SaaS platform.

The presentation will provide one-on-one tips on archiving courses, developing policies that work for your university, communicating with your LMS provider on the management of the project and much more!  Since the goal is to make such changes seamless to our students, it’s all about the planning and preparation that made this transition not only transparent- but succeeded ahead of schedule giving the technical folks a little breathing room to ‘check under the hood’ before making the LMS site live one again.

Take-aways and hand outs (digital or print) will cover major topics that made this transition successful:

Marketing your message

Including faculty on updates

Messaging, messaging, messaging

Using visuals, emails, announcements, posters, etc.

Working with project managers

Informing instructional designers to offer offline alternatives

Choosing appropriate dates for going offline

Backing up courses and archiving

Cleaning out the proverbial closet

Testing, testing, and more testing

Site graphics during shutdown

Verifying the site post migration

Opening your LMS up for business