An upgraded and enhanced version of the Admissions Decisions Support System (ADSS) was made available in October 2016 for the 2016/17 admissions cycle. New features were also developed to ensure that those colleges previously using the ADMIT system were provided with the required replacement features for ADMIT, which will no longer be supported from the 2017/18 academic year.
The Education IT Programme Update is a termly publication, and includes the latest information about all projects commissioned by the Education IT Board. To receive the email Update, send a request to email@example.com.
New termly publication
The Education IT Programme Update is issued termly and has been created following the renaming of Student Systems Programme to the Education IT Programme in Michaelmas term 2016. It replaces the Student Systems Programme bulletin, and includes updates on projects commissioned by the Education IT Board; both Student Systems and Academic IT projects. The latter support teaching and learning, such as the review of Oxford’s virtual learning environment (VLE).
This Hilary term publication features updates on projects completed since October 2016, and highlights some of the current projects, including a project to replace the Graduate Supervision System (GSS), the review that will set the direction for the future of Oxford’s virtual learning environment, and more.
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New programme management
In December 2016 Elaine Aitken was appointed to the role of Education IT Programme Manager. Elaine has extensive experience at RM Education (a UK education software supplier) and Oxford University Press in developing IT-based teaching and learning platforms, and more recently led a number of projects within the programme.
Peggy McCready, Director of Academic IT, co-ordinates the strategic roadmap for the Academic IT projects, and is sponsor for many of the projects. David White, Director of Student Systems, fulfils this role for Student Systems projects.
Academic IT projects
The input received from departments and faculties as part of the Digital Education Strategy consultation was fed into the Education IT Board, and will help to set priorities for future Academic IT projects. Updates on current projects include:
- VLE Review – shaping the future of WebLearn
- Online Reading Lists - finding a suitable application
- Turnitin and iThenticate Review – looking at support for plagiarism awareness and tools for detection
Find out more on the Academic IT projects page.
Student Systems projects
The Student Systems projects portfolio is delivering a mixture of incremental improvements to existing functionality, the creation of new systems, and the replacement of software reaching the end of its support. Updates on current projects include:
- Research Thesis Digital Submissions – pilot underway
- Graduate Supervision Reporting – replacing GSS
- eVision and SITS:Vision User Experience – your views
Find out more on the Student Systems projects page.