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TLSS - Teaching and Learning Support Service

The LMS Advisory Committee

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The Learning Management System (LMS) is the most used teaching and learning tool at the university of Ottawa. All students use it on a daily basis during the academic year to access courses materials and information, communicate, submit assignments and participate in assessments. While instructors are not required to use the LMS to enhance face-to-face teaching, it has become a very important part of teaching practice and plays a particular critical role in the delivery of online and hybrid courses.

With the significant role that it plays in supporting uOttawa’s teaching and learning community, it is important that decisions made around the LMS, its evolution and growth be made carefully and with the support and input of uOttawa’s teaching and learning community, with consideration to the university’s strategic plan – Vision 20/20.

Terms of Reference

The LMS Advisory Group provides oversight, direction and guidance to the development and evolution of the LMS at the university of Ottawa. Its responsibilities include:

  1. LMS policy and principles: developing, clarifying and communicating the institutional use of the LMS
  2. LMS enhancement and prioritization: identifying and selecting which initiatives to prioritize, and in the case of funding and how much to spend
  3. LMS architecture and infrastructure: defining integration and standardization requirements for courses and third party technologies
  4. Functional application needs: specifying the academic need for community purchased or internally developed LMS applications and add-ons, by keeping abreast of developments in the LMS field
  5. LMS settings: examining and selecting appropriate LMS settings for roles and tools offered to the community
Specific examples of the above include, but are not limited to: developing policy on the frequency and timing of system upgrades, the evaluation of plugins, the criteria for selecting enhancements, template settings, priority of enhancement integration, how certain tools behave, the maximum storage space available per course, and training and support requirements.

Guiding Principles

  1. The committee will guide the strategic directions and priorities of the LMS as they relate to the academic direction of the university and ensure strategic alignment with Vision 20/20, etc.
  2. The committee will ensure that the strategic focus, the sharing of plans and intent will fit into and complement the university of Ottawa strategic planning process.
  3. The committee will take a mid to long-term view of LMS investments and the potential to impact and influence the academic direction of the university. The goal is to ensure that balance is achieved between academic and administrative initiatives, and between short and long term projects.
  4. The committee will encourage broad participation and engagement from the community through transparency, strategy and dialogue.  The committee will deal with matters of policy, funding, projects, additional functionality and information as it relates to the ongoing development of the LMS.

Reporting Structure

The LMS Advisory Committee reports to the Associate Vice-President, TLSS.


  • Chair – The LMS Manager (Michel Marcheterre)
  • 1 representative from the Faculty of Arts 
  • 1 representative from the Faculty of Law
  • 1 representative from the Faculty of Education 
  • 1 representative from the Faculty of Engineering
  • 1 representative from the Faculty of Health Sciences 
  • 1 representative from the Faculty of Medicine
  • 1 representative from the Faculty of Science 
  • 1 representative from the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 1 representative from the Telfer School of Management 
  • 1 representative from Saint-Paul University 
  • 1 undergraduate student 
  • 1 teaching assistant or graduate student
  • 1 representative from the Human Rights Office
  • 1 representative from the Library
  • 1 representative from IT Services / CIO Office 
  • 1 representative from TLSS 

Frequency of Meetings

Quarterly or as required.