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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Canvas is being used by our early adopters to support teaching and learning to over 2000 students in their programmes of study. Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO), the new reading lists tool, along with Panopto and Turnitin, is also being successfully used in Canvas. 

Learning technologists will continue to support early adopters throughout the duration of the phase to help them get the most out of the platform. The early adopter phase will undergo a rigorous evaluation which will be used to inform details of the wider rollout. 

We will continue to run roadshows and related outreach activity during Hilary term 2019. Details will be released as soon as dates are confirmed.
The programme is now engaging with faculties and departments to discuss moving to Canvas in readiness for Michaelmas term 2019. Email us on for more details.

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. 

Any queries can be sent to



The Online Reading Lists project will deliver a solution to enable students to access their reading lists – linked to full-text resources and catalogue availability data – in an accessible, digital environment. The solution, now known as Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO), has been integrated with the library management system, the new Canvas VLE, and Oxford Single Sign-On authentication (SSO).

Following successful testing with, and training of, academics and library staff, ORLO is now being used by the project’s early adopters, drawn from all divisions and departments. The system is currently populated with over 150 reading lists which are being used by students on early adopter courses. 

Early adopters will be engaged in assessment and evaluation to help determine what adjustments to the service are required or desirable. The solution will be completed by March 2019, and a detailed plan for a wider rollout across the University will be delivered by the project team.

Details are on the Online Reading Lists project web page, and any questions can be sent to

The University’s 2016 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. The E-exams project recently trialled a system to allow students sitting timed, invigilated essay-type examinations, to type – rather than handwrite – their responses. The Department of Computing Science, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Theology and Religion took part in trial exams, which were delivered successfully in April. Students were asked to complete a survey to share their experiences of the trial. 

The project has now undergone formal evaluation, and a final report, containing data analysis and review of findings, has been submitted.


Following the successful small-scale trial in April 2018, options for running a larger trial in April 2019 are being investigated.


Details are on the E-exams page.

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