Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2011


Timothy Anderson

Course Title

Project Management

Course Number

ETM 545


In the summer of 2010, Portland State University changed its online learning system from the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) to a new platform called Desire 2 Learn. This report provides a comparative analysis of the implementation of both platforms, including the selection process. The transition from the original platform, WebCT, which was in place prior to the transition to Blackboard did not involve a formal request for proposal process like that which was undertook in the selection of Desire2Learn. The reason a formal selection process did not take place was, at least in part, due to the purchase of WebCT by Blackboard, and the relatively sudden end of product support by the company. This placed Portland State University in a difficult position of having to replace, in a very limited amount of time, a learning platform that was poorly functioning and no longer supported.


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