Here's some information on the course management software selection
process at St. Thomas.
And here are some external resources.
The report of the ACIT recommending WebCT as
a course management system
A report of our survey of faculty at
STU regarding what they'd like to see in a CMS
An in-process statement of our needs, as identified
near the beginning of the process.
The results of a survey of the STLHE-L
and POD list membership
on existing Course Management Software alternatives.
A report on the status of WebCT implementation
at Mount Allison, by David Frances, from the 2003 NAWeb conference (in
The home page for WebCT.
The home page for the new Stanford open-source, free CMS, Coursework.
The home page for Blackboard.
The home page for CyberLearning
Labs ("Angel," developed at Indiana University)
The Edutools project site
(for comparisons of CMS products, among other things)
Parke, H., & Ehrmann, S. "Institutional
studies of the educational uses of web course management systems" ("The
Flashlight Network is collecting studies by institutions of their uses
of Web Course Management Systems (e.g., WebCT, Blackboard, Lotus, FirstClass,
Prometheus, and others) as part of our effort to develop a study package
that technology support, faculty development, teaching-learning centers
and other units can use to improve the educational benefits stemming from
the use of such systems.")
A page for Web
Courseware Comparisons and Studies at Maricopa College.
A link to an extensive and useful report
on the CMS choice issue from Brandeis
A link to articles
from the Learning Resources Unit of the British Columbia Institute
of Technology on evaluating options around "Learning Management Systems"
Foreman, Joel. "Trading
Mules for Tractors:The Pros and Cons of Adopting a Course Management System"
(Technology Source, January/February 2001). "Based on my four-semester
experience as a WebCT user, I provide a reality check for this trend, highlighting
some of the benefits and shortcomings of WebCT and speculating about the
advances required to make the CMS a standard in every class."
And here's a link to the wiki I've installed on the STU Moodle ("Stoodle") site I've set up as of June of 2008.