The University of Venda (UNIVEN) faced several challenges in developing and delivering online learning content.
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University of Venda
UNIVEN - FROM BLACKBOARD TO DIGIKAMVA LMS
Based on the limitations and costs of Blackboard (premium LMS), Univen had to consider the next steps to ensure a more feasible platform that addresses the needs, is affordable and delivers in terms of reporting and analytics. In order to tackle these challenges, a team was appointed to research the various options available on the market. Eiffel Corp’s Digikamva LMS was chosen as the new platform for MyUniven, due to the available information on institutions with similar challenges and the level of implementation.
UNIVEN’s existing LMS was used in the context of a blended learning scenario. Still, the cost-benefit analysis was not proving to be viable, especially due to the dollar-based maintenance license. In addition, the reporting of the existing LMS was too limited, and additional money had been spent on reporting tools for more detailed analytics. The LMS was also not being used optimally by all lecturers due to varying levels of skills and experience in digital teaching and learning.
Eiffel Corp was identified as a suitable third party with a solution in Digikamva LMS. It is a cloud based solution offering a robust, flexible and scalable open-source platform. Eiffel Corp, a credible, trustworthy partner with a good relationship and track record with the institution, also offered support services relevant to the needs of UNIVEN.
Risks were identified in advance and addressed to facilitate a smooth transition. The migration from Blackboard LMS to MyUniven powered by Digikamva LMS and the migration of all courses from Blackboard LMS to Digikamva LMS, without disrupting the day-to-day teaching, was very successful. This resulted in improved functionality and use of the LMS. Change Management facilitated the process and buy-in from stakeholders.