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Future Learning Management System

TRACS is Texas State University's current Learning Management System, in service to faculty and students for more than 10 years.

In 2017, the university began researching whether it was time to enlist a new tool -- an effort to provide our faculty and students the best possible digital learning environment.

In 2018, we have brought in potential solution providers for demonstrations and will be researching tools, and taking advice from faculty, students, and our advisory committee, as we work to bring Texas State the top learning tool for the future.

If a new system is chosen, a transition would begin by spring 2020.

Latest project news

May 7

LMS finalists chosen

Last week, Texas State officials notified Desire2Learn and Instructure that the university would like to work with their companies to further explore a potential new learning management system (LMS).

Desire2Learn makes an LMS system known as Brightspace. Instructure's system is called Canvas. Officials at a third potential provider, Blackboard, were notified their product is no longer being considered.

The two finalists were chosen through an in-depth process that culminated in April with a unanimous recommendation from the LMS Advisory Committee and Information Technology staff.

Sandbox environment coming summer 2018
Both potential LMS providers will provide a sandbox environment starting summer 2018 to allow interested faculty an opportunity to explore and discover. Specific use cases will be tested, and faculty will have an opportunity to participate in user feedback surveys.

Pilot programs launch spring 2019
After completion of sandbox testing and pre-pilot integrations, course participants will be identified and trained on the systems for a pilot program to determine the final candidate to replace the current Texas State LMS.

Stay informed this summer
Be sure to monitor your email inbox for updates in the next two months. You can also log on to the LMS replacement project website at any time and find the latest news.