Thursday, January 11, 2007

D2L Missed Opportunity

As the semester break comes to a close, I can't help but lament the missed opportunity to have switched to version 8 during the break. This is the only time of the year when all 32 schools have a common break time. Over 40% of the D2L clients had previously migrated to version 8 so there was a great deal of information available about using the new version. Many other D2L clients did upgrade versions over the semester break.

We are now looking at a migration after the end of spring semester, but at a time when many schools will already be into their summer sessions. I support the decision to upgrade at that time, but only because I didn't have the opportunity to support the possible decision to upgrade two weeks ago and also because I don't want to wait any longer than June for the upgrade. In other words, of the available options, the June upgrade is the better choice. Unfortunately, the best alternative was never given and so we have missed an opportunity.

BTW, the possibility of a winter 06-07 upgrade was heavily discussed by the D2L Ad Hoc Review Committee during the spring of 2006. Unfortunately, after that committee completed their charge, no action related to systemwide decision-making (i.e. with campus input) about D2L occurred until December 2006.

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