LMS Study Initiative

Charting Courses


The Learning Management System (LMS) Study is a University-wide initiative to measure the efficacy of and satisfaction with Courses. While Courses remains an active and innovative platform, it is important for Pepperdine to periodically assess its learning management system. We want to provide our students, faculty, and staff with a feature-rich solution for traditional, hybrid, and online teaching formats. The University seeks to gather ideas to improve Courses and compare it to alternate platforms.

This IT Strategic Initiative will be guided by the IT Leadership Council and the Faculty Steering Committee. It will be carried out in multiple phases (see the Tentative Timeline).


In 2011, Pepperdine University selected Courses (Sakai) as its learning management system (LMS) and the platform has served us well. In preparation for the upcoming contract renewal in July 2020, the TechLearn team will facilitate an evaluation and review of the LMS market and compare it to our current solution.


This study will be conducted based upon the following goals:

  • Understand the student experience by assessing how students interact with content, resources, assignments, assessments, faculty feedback, and their peers.
  • Enhance teaching and academic rigor through exploring which tools faculty believe facilitate the highest quality of student engagement and learning.
  • Expand online learning to provide new contexts for collaboration, communication, and community.


If you have any questions related to the study, please see our FAQ.