UBC has used a learning management system (LMS) since 1996 when WebCT was invented by Murray Goldberg (then a UBC Computer Science Faculty member). Over the years, the system usage has increased such that in 2010-2011, there were 4,600 course websites on the centrally provisioned system. UBC’s last major upgrade of the LMS started in 2007, when the campus moved to WebCT Vista. That change necessitated a full move of all course sites and a significant professional development effort. Blackboard, the company that owns the WebCT Vista software, announced that support for the Vista product line will end in January 2013, prompting the need to implement a new system for the campus.
In April 2010 the Learning Technology Advisory Council (LTAC) struck a working group to investigate options and to recommend a product to replace WebCT (Blackboard) Vista. In June 2011, the LTAC Working Group released their final report, recommending the adoption of Blackboard Learn as UBC’s next learning management system. In addition, a set of strategy and implementation recommendations were put forward for consideration by LTAC. In 2012, UBC held a naming contest and Connect was chosen as the new name for UBC’s learning management system.
In January 2012, a pilot comprising a limited number of courses took place. In May 2012, a phased adoption of Connect began. In January 2013, the LMS transition project changed to a Program-based approach, expanding in scope to more adequately address the complexities of the move from Vista to Connect.
The Program is committed to significant stakeholder involvement through partnering with faculties, students and administrative units to form a strong base for the further development of the learning technologies ecosystem.
Please visit the pages below for more information and for updates on various aspects of the Connect Program:
Connect LMS Research (coming soon)