Teaching Management System (TMS) - replacing OxCORT
This project will replace OxCORT, the system used to administer tutorial reports and payments in respect of undergraduate tutorial teaching provided by, or on behalf of, colleges. The project was initiated at the request of both the ICT Steering Committee and Steering Committee of Conference in Hilary term 2017.
The new Teaching Management System (TMS) will serve both colleges and departments, providing a common system for academic staff and undergraduate students, and greater visibility of teaching provided to undergraduate students across the University. Key features of the new system will include:
- Managing college and department teaching across multiple teaching types (e.g. classes, revision and practicals)
- Allowing tutors to easily record feedback and teaching hours, against a group of students, or an individual student
- Providing students with easy access to regular feedback
- Calculating incoming payments for tutors, colleges and departments, and outgoing payments from colleges and departments
- Publishing teaching activities (classes) for student self sign-up
- Allowing tutors and students to view own teaching arrangements
- Tracking teaching hours against college (and department) “stints”
Development of the new solution continues, and delivery is planned in time for Michaelmas term 2020.
In the light of the coronavirus situation, IT Services is aware that business continuity activities may have an impact on current project work. However, the team continue with system development, working remotely, and engaging with stakeholders as often as possible. UAT of core teaching functionality will begin shortly. We will continue to update you over the coming weeks.
The new TMS solution will be available for use by all colleges and departments. It will permit tutors to be set up from among college and department staff, staff from other parts of the University including libraries, current undergraduates (Medical Sciences only), current postgraduates, and external staff. Most departments with responsibility for undergraduate teaching (26 of 30) have already provisionally confirmed their interest in using the new system. A jointly owned system by colleges and departments will result in greater visibility for departments of teaching provided to their students, and by their employees.
The TMS solution will be fully consistent with the University’s strategy to use Microsoft technologies for custom development of software applications, providing a secure and resilient solution that can be easily supported. TMS will aim to save time for users, wherever possible, by being flexible and intuitive, and reducing the need for repetitive tasks.
The solution will make use of existing integrations with other University systems.
During the analysis and planning phase of the project, the project team undertook comprehensive stakeholder consultation. This consultation included 25 workshops with college and departmental staff, six User Group meetings, a session specifically held for tutors, a student survey (512 responses), a student workshop, and a learning needs survey, which was completed by 110 staff, including 45 tutors, and 31 organising/personal tutors.
In addition, two departmental specific briefing sessions were held to gauge departmental interest in using the new system, and relay planning and goals.
The implementation phase from April 2019 has seen a continuation of this type of activity, including specific TMS User Representative involvement in the development and testing of the new system. TMS User Representatives include representatives from both colleges and departments and form part of the new TMS Stakeholder Involvement Groups.
Users of the system will be prepared for the changes through detailed communications and training, and will be invited to showcase and roadshow events as development progresses.
Some of the key benefits of the TMS solution are described below:
Enhanced student experience
- Provides students with much better access to feedback on their academic progress
- Better visibility of students’ progress, enabling colleges and departments to communicate more effectively, and resolve any issues promptly
- Provides student sign-up to available classes and tutorials
A modern, reliable solution which improves upon OxCORT:
- Secure and stable platform, easy to support
- Web based, flexible, and easier to use for both academic and administrative staff
- Improved GDPR compliance
A joint solution for both colleges and university departments
- Consistent approach across the institution, improved data quality
- Better visibility of undergraduate teaching across colleges and departments
- Common system for academic staff and students
- Enables replacement of various departmental systems (e.g. Minerva)
- Clearer payment options
- Reduced administrative workload for college and departmental administration staff in reconciling payments & stints
- Improved, faster payment processing and reporting
The TMS Project Board meets on a regular basis to review progress of the project, and has ultimate responsibility for overseeing its direction and governance. The Board is chaired by Ali Rogers, Senior Tutor at Keble, and Chair of the OxCORT Management Committee (OMC).
The project is taking an "agile" approach to the TMS "Product" development - this means that we are breaking the project down into contained iterations (often called "sprints") and building the functionality in bite-sized chunks. At the end of each iteration we review what we have built, with input and feedback from our User Representatives, to ensure that the functionality meets the agreed requirements as it is built. Our User Representatives include:
- Product Owner - Mark Pobjoy (Senior Tutor at Magdalen). It's a large task, so Mark will be supported by 3 Delegate Product Owners
- Henry Jestico (Brasenose College)
- Leanne Carveth (Computer Science)
- Ari Oluwafemi (TMS Business Analyst)
- TMS User Representatives Group (select first dropdown) - alongside the Product Owner and Delegates, a group of approximately 20 user representatives will provide subject matter expertise and represent the needs of end-users in colleges and departments. The User Group is chaired by Mark Pobjoy.
Please find useful TMS project documents below:
Please Note: Documents are behind Single Sign On.