NAU’s online classes will begin to look a little different over the next several semesters as the campus migrates to a new online learning management system to replace the expiring Blackboard Vista.

Learn about two alternatives being considered during the e-Learning Center’s Spring Showcase, “Exploring Learning Management Systems: Past, Present, Future,” from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 8 at the Southwest Forest Science Complex, room 17.

“Because this change directly impacts our faculty, it’s important that they are closely involved in the process of selecting the university’s new learning management system,” said Don Carter, director of the e-Learning Center. “We need their input early on. And we’ll also need some volunteers in the summer and fall to pilot their courses. It will take a cohesive effort to make this transition as smooth as possible.”

Carter added that the new system likely will be selected by November, with the first migrations to the new system in spring 2011.

Attendees of the showcase can preview the two systems being considered—Blackboard Learn and Moodle—and also learn about new teaching resources and how some faculty are using open social networks as a viable alternative to course management systems.

Click here for information and to register for the free showcase.