During the past months, various teams were hard at work on preparation for the European tendering of our new LMS.
The Functional Team, including representatives from the faculties and under the management of Product Owner Wilco te Winkel, compiled a set of Functional requirements. The Architecture Team, including representatives from IT and the CuC office, focused on the Non-Functional requirements and described how the new LMS will have to perform in conjunction with other EUR systems. Additionally, numerous specialists both from EUR and external organisations have been involved in individual topics.
In May, we presented all of these requirements and preferences to potential LMS suppliers by carrying out a Market Consultation. In this Market Consultation, we received a response from no less than nine suppliers! (and that’s quite a lot!). These responses helped us to further improve, clarify and define our Terms of Reference. We now have all the required documentation ready for the European tendering.
This past Tuesday, 21 June, following the green light from the DLWO Education project steering group, we also asked the Digital is Normal Programme Steering Group for their approval to publish the LMS invitation to tender as of 1 July!
This Steering Group also gave a ‘go’ for the next step and at the same time decided that successfully putting our new LMS into operation was only possible if we implement the LMS together with the establishment of a modern support organisation with strong backing from lecturers.
That is a considerable and at the same time attractive challenge for Erasmus! It is a challenge that will represent a major step forward in EUR’s ambitions in the area of modern forms of Education (yes, that’s Education with a capital letter!).
We, together with everyone involved, will focus our energy on realising this ambition!
On behalf of everyone involved in the LMS project,