Learning Management System Migration: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

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Brief Abstract

Using a web-based interactive polling tool (Sli.do), attendees select and prioritize from our menu of modular presentation topics, enabling us to share our experience and guide discussion on learning management system migration – the good, the bad, and the ugly! Questions and attendee insights will be captured and shared. 


Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. I am also an Associate Professor in the M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership program. I take life-long learning seriously, and recently completed a second doctorate. My research focuses on transformative learning through high impact practices, and the history of higher education.
Dr. Richard Schilke is the Associate Vice President for Technology-Enhanced Learning at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. His department is comprised of Academic Technology Services, Instructional Design Services, and Technology Accessibility. They support classroom technology, iTV and TTVN, the learning management system, digital signage, media development, and instructional design. While on active duty with the U.S. Navy Dr. Schilke earned a BS in Computer Studies from University of Maryland University College (Asian Division), and a MSEd and EdD in Adult & Continuing Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University. His research areas are online teaching & learning, innovation in teaching and assessment, technology evaluation, and accessibility. He regularly presents on course accessibility and avoiding the technology hype cycle at national and regional conferences.

Extended Abstract


This presentation reviews our process of selecting, implementing, training for, and deploying a new learning management system. Using a web-based interactive polling and question tool (Sli.do), attendees select and prioritize from our menu of modular presentation topics, enabling us to share our experience and guide discussion in a manner that will be of most use to the attendees. We will share our experiences, lessons learned, and recommended best practices (according to the literature) with learning management system migration – the good, the bad, and the ugly! Questions and attendee insights will be captured and shared during the session. 

Texas A&M University-Central Texas is an upper-level and graduate university. It has been an independent institution within the Texas A&M University System since 2009, and was independently accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 2013.  With four fully online undergraduate programs and three fully online graduate programs, more than 40% of our SCH (semester credit hours) comes from online enrollment.

In 2016, A&M-Central Texas began the process of moving from Blackboard to Canvas for course develpment and delivery, online faculty training, and for the institutional intranet. The successful selection, migration, and training of faculty to effectively use the new LMS was critical. 

Session Outcomes:

  • Awareness: of the range of challenges involved in transitioning to a new Learning Management System (LMS).
  • Action Plan: Presenters (and attendees) will share strategies for overcoming challenges of LMS migration
  • Activities: Attendees will participate in discussion and online polling, questions, and commenting during the presentation
  • Take-away: Presenters will share the collaboratively developed infographic of the session insights, as well as the session hand-out with references.


  • Attendees will leave with full reference and resource list

Session Agenda:

  1. Introduction
    1. Brief background of A&M-Central Texas (who we are)
    2. Blackboard Learn 9.1 to Instructure Canvas (our migration)
  2. How to Use the Audience Interaction Tool (Sli.do)
    1. Voting on topics for discussion
    2. Submitting Questions and Comments
  3. Share our Experience and Guide Discussion on some (or all) of the following topics:
    1. Knowing your stakeholders
    2. Set your priorities
    3. Campus involvement
    4. Communication plan:
      1. Selection process
      2. Training plan
      3. Status update communication plan
      4. Deployment
    5. Product demonstrations
    6. Contracting process
    7. Faculty training options
    8. Lessons learned
  4. Conclusion: Share participant insights
    1. Review and discuss Sli.do infographic of attendee participation
    2. key questions, key words, key topics arising from the presentation and discussion



Brown, M., Dehone, J., Millichap, N. (2015). What’s next for the LMS? Educause Review 50(4). Retrieved from https://er.educause.edu/articles/2015/6/whats-next-for-the-lms

Dahlstrom, E., Brooks, D. C., & Bichsel, J. (2014). The Current Ecosystem of Learning Management Systems in Higher Education: Student, Faculty, and IT Perspectives. [Research Report]. Louisville, CO: ECAR. Retrieved from http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ers1414.pdf

Ryan, T. G., Toye, M., Charron, K., & Park, G. (2012). Learning management system migration: An analysis of stakeholder perspectives. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning 13(1). Retrieved from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1126/2078

Wright, C., Lopes, V., Montgomerie, T. C., Reju, S. A., Schmoller, S. (20014). Selecting a learning management system: Advice from an academic perspective. Educause Review 49(2). Retrieved from http://er.educause.edu/articles/2014/4/selecting-a-learning-management-s...