This Request for Proposal (RFP) is for the planning, configuration, implementation, and migration to a cloud-
hosted learning management system that will serve as the primary learning platform for the University of New
Mexico’s Main and Branch (Gallup, Valencia, Taos, and Los Alamos) campuses.
Proposals should present an LMS that enhances instructors’ capacity to engage students in deep learning,
supports students and their ability to develop the habits of practice to become independent and critical thinkers,
and fully integrates with our existing computing ecosystem (e.g. Banner, Data Warehouse, authentication,
Respondents to this RFP should:
Propose a cloud-based Learning Management System. Note: UNM is currently self-hosting Blackboard
Have at least 5 years' experience delivering enterprise level, campus-wide solutions to higher education
institutions with a headcount of 40,000 or more through the proposer's cloud-hosted implementation of
their LMS environment.
Have at least 5 years' experience delivering enterprise level, campus-wide solutions to institutions
categorized by the Carnegie Commission of Higher Education as Research 1: Doctoral Universities with
Very High Research Activity.
Have at least 50 higher education clients using their LMS as an enterprise, campus-wide solution for
Clearly indicate when system capabilities require additional software/services at additional cost beyond
baseline system. E.g. “Student logs in and views a video (video platform not included with baseline and
is priced separately).”
IPEDS 2019 FTE for UNM Main Campus, Gallup Branch, Valencia Branch, Los Alamos Branch, and
Taos Branch: 25,219
The deployment of the new LMS will include all 5 campuses in a single instance, which matches the
Net IDs for all 5 campuses currently share the same authentication source and are part of the same domain
UNM’s SIS for the foreseeable future is Ellucian Banner 9, which covers all 5 campuses.
UNM Learn (Blackboard) currently uses Banner Integration for eLearning 8.0 in combination with a home-
grown Building Block as its real-time SIS integration, combined with periodic batch uploads at the beginning of
each enrollment period.
UNM Learn currently integrates with LDAP for user authentication, but UNM is capable of Azure
AD/ADFS, with Azure AD as the preferred method.
UNM Learn team also uses native Blackboard-authorized accounts for administrative access, testing, and
UNM Learn is currently integrated with the following external tools:
Assessment: ExamSoft, iClicker, SafeAssign, Tk20, Proctorio
Media and web-conferencing: Blackboard Collaborate, Kaltura, Mediasite