Academic IT projects

The Education IT Programme includes several Academic IT projects and initiatives related to teaching and learning. 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. These projects are being timed to complement the rollout of Canvas, the new virtual learning environment (VLE).

All completed Academic IT projects are available from the completed projects page.

You may also like to refer to the latest Education IT Programme Update for Academic IT projects completed recently.  

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Since the start of Hilary term, the Canvas @ Oxford team have been meeting with departments and divisions across the University to discuss moving first year, award bearing programmes of study to Canvas in time for Michaelmas term 2019.

The process involves an initial meeting to explore how the current virtual learning environment, if applicable, is being used, and to understand how best to work with the department in question to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

The highest level of support is being offered, including the creation of roll-out schedules and activity plans. If you would like to discuss moving to Canvas, email the programme team at

More information about Canvas can be found on the Digital Education website. For details about what will happen to WebLearn, and a forthcoming related project (WebLearn Admin Use Reduction) please refer to the what will happen to WebLearn page. 

The Digital Education Strategy consultation identified increasing interest in trialling the use of technology for examinations, with a view to moving from handwritten to typed exam scripts, at least for essay-based assessments.  In 2017–8 the University undertook a small-scale trial of e-exams, based on formative exams.  A comprehensive analysis of the trial was conducted. The Taught Degrees Panel (TDP) of the Education Committee endorsed in principle a further trial, along with the creation of a Steering Group to oversee the longer term development of e-exams in the University.  The Steering Group is chaired by Professor Geraldine Johnson, (History of Art and Christ Church), and includes representatives from (among other constituencies) Student Registry, Senior Tutors Commitee (STC), each Division, and Oxford SU.

The Education IT Board has approved initial funding to allow analysis and planning to proceed for the phase 2 trial.  This allows the project to plan the trial in detail and to identify and analyse potential benefits. The phase 2 trial, scheduled for Hilary term 2020, will aim to build the University’s expertise and confidence in running e-exams.  It will have particular focus on scale, where a large number of students sit collections exams at the same time, and the project is engaging with stakeholders to identify potential cohorts.  Project documentation and a detailed funding request will be submitted before the long vacation. 

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