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So When Are We Getting an ANGEL Replacement, Anyway?

As we reported last year, ITS has been evaluating alternatives to ANGEL, because parent company Blackboard will be eliminating the course management system in 2014. So how did the 2010-2011 pilots of Blackboard, Moodle, and Desire2Learn (D2L) go?

According to the LMS Pilot Support website, data collected during the pilots “indicated no preference” of product. Big help. That article goes on to say that a request for purchase (RFP) would be completed by the three companies so that the university could “evaluate each product as far as its future direction, infrastructure, hosting, and cost of ownership as well as our potential business relationship with each company.” That’s a fancy way of saying they wanted to see which has the most bang for their buck.

But the story doesn’t end there.

“All three vendors have responded to the RFP,” ANGEL Program Manager Terry O’Heron said. “We’re currently evaluating their responses. We hope to make a recommendation by the end of the year.”

So there you have it. We’ll know for sure which course management system the University plans on using by the end of the year. Hopefully. Thank goodness, because we all know how much #ANGELsucks.

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Matthew D'Ippolito

I'm a senior majoring in print journalism with minors in political science and music technology. I'm from the small town of Pennsburg, about an hour north of Philly. I hope to one day work as a music reporter for Rolling Stone. I am single and looking to mingle.


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