Academic Learning Management System Evaluation & RFP

Selection Process Concluded

The LMS selection process has concluded with the selection and licensing of the Canvas Learning Management System from Instructure. From this point forward, updates to the implementation phase of the project will be available via the Canvas implementation site.

For more information on the selection process, you can access the team’s final report (Note: UNM Net ID required, please do not share outside the institution at this time).

What follows below is the archived site for the LMS evaluation and selection.


In Fall 2018, a Provost Taskforce on Redesigning the University produced a set of recommendations to improve UNM including a recommendation to re-evaluate our Academic Learning Management System (LMS) needs. In particular, the committee recommended that the University seek a more intuitive system that simplifies faculty workflows and promotes student engagement and learning. Concurrently, the Academic Technology Advisory Board also recommended that Academic Technologies re-evaluate our LMS needs.

Previous State

UNM maintained a self-hosted, on-premise version of Blackboard Learn (branded UNM Learn). Blackboard's direction is a cloud-only environment that includes both Blackboard Original (our pre interface) and Ultra (a more modern, redesigned interface). Therefore, UNM faced an inevitable migration to a cloud environment with either Blackboard or another LMS vendor.

With the goal of taking advantage of these innovative technologies, UNM issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) in 2020 seeking submissions from qualified vendors to provide a cloud-based Academic Learning Management System to effectively support UNM teaching and learning activities with an interface that is intuitive, easy to use, and makes efficient use of faculty and student time. 

Timeline & Process

For information on Canvas and the implementation timeline, please see the Canvas Information site.