About the LMS Exploration Process

The June 2021 Flexible Learning Task Force report recommended that the campus converge on a common (for all courses), IT- and IDEAS-supported learning management system (LMS), and articulated the benefits of doing so. This present recommendation begins the process of meeting that charge. A single learning management system (LMS) at UMass Amherst will provide a unified, responsive, and streamlined digital experience to our students and instructors, and enable the university to better compete in the marketplace for higher education. UMass Amherst’s strategic goals for Flexible Learning require adaptive and accessible learning platforms that meet students’ current and future needs and deliver equitable experiences to both remote and residential students.

Flexible Learning Implementation Committee (FLIC)

FL-IC membership consists of representatives from Employee Engagement, University Relations, Administration and Finance, Student Success, Registrar’s Office, Learning Resource Center, Lifelong Learning, New Student Orientation & Transitions, Information Technology, Library, representatives from Graduate Student Senate (GSS), Student Government Association (SGA), faculty, schools, and colleges. 

umass.edu/chancellor/flexible-learning/implementation-committee

Flexible Learning Technology Subgroup

  • Christopher Misra, Co-Chair, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
  • Tilman Wolf, Co-Chair, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Associate Chancellor for Space & Capital Planning, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering 
  • Heather Sharpes-Smith, Associate Provost of Instructional Design & Technology & Director of Instructional Design, Engagement and Support (IDEAS)
  • Iris Chelaru, Head of IT Communications & Campus Engagement
  • Kristin Famighette, Project Manager, University Without Walls
  • Claire Hamilton, Associate Provost & Director of Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Karen Howard, IT Chief of Staff, Interim Executive Director, IT Operations
  • Ken Kleinman, Professor, Biostatistics & Epidemiology
  • Jim Kurose, Associate Chancellor for Partnerships & Innovation, Distinguished University Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences 
  • Adam Lechowicz, U’22, appointment complete
  • Mzamo Mangaliso, Associate Professor, Isenberg School of Management
  • Anne Massey, Dean & Thomas O'Brien Endowed Chair Operations & Information Management, Isenberg School of Management
  • Jim Mileski, Chief Technology Officer
  • John Wells, Senior Vice Provost for Life Long Learning & Professor, Operations & Information Management, Isenberg School of Management

Canvas Pilot Project Leadership Strategy 

  • Christopher Misra, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
  • Heather Sharpes-Smith, Associate Provost of Instructional Design & Technology & Director of Instructional Design, Engagement and Support (IDEAS)
  • Stephen Battisti, Enterprise Architect
  • Iris Chelaru, Head of IT Communications & Campus Engagement
  • Kristin Famighette, Project Manager, University Without Walls
  • Dave Hart, Director of Enterprise Systems & Development
  • Karen Howard, IT Chief of Staff, Interim Executive Director, IT Operations