The final decision on which learning management system is going to replace Nestor has been postponed until September. One of the contenders has formally objected to the provisional winner.
The winner of the European tender should have been declared last Thursday, following tests and assessments of three systems by both university IT staff and users. It was set to gradually replace Nestor – the UG version of Blackboard in place since 2000 – over the course of the next academic year.
‘We assessed the three proposals we received, and this led to a ranking – as the procedure expects. The number one in this ranking is the provisional winner’, explains project manager Michiel van Geloven.
After the publication of the “provisional award”, there is a standstill period of twenty days during which suppliers have the opportunity to object to the decision. Van Geloven wouldn’t say who filed the objection, only that there will be interim injunction proceedings in early September.
The UG is already working on future scenarios. ‘We hope the delay in the implementation of the new system will be limited’, says Van Geloven, ‘but it all depends on the outcome of the court case.’