After reviewing and piloting several learning management systems (LMS), The Pennsylvania State University has decided that the University will continue to use Blackboard Learn ANGEL Edition, and will explore future options with Blackboard’s mobile learning capabilities.
With the announcement that Blackboard is extending its support for the ANGEL platform, Penn State’s e-Learning Strategic Committee determined that continuing the University’s use of ANGEL was the most cost-effective solution among the options evaluated.
University officials cited the desire to continue its positive relationship and collaboration with Blackboard’s product development team, as a reason for the decision to stay with ANGEL.
“When it comes to an enterprise system and an enterprise business relationship with the vendor, it’s not just the features of the LMS,” said Terry O’Heron, ANGEL program manager at Penn State. “It’s the partnership with the vendor, system performance, the support, the training, the documentation, and strategic business opportunities.”
Penn State, which has used ANGEL since 2001, currently has 12,500 active course sections in ANGEL—about 71% of the University’s total course offerings—and 85,100 students enrolled in at least one ANGEL course.