Education IT Programme Update - Trinity term 2017 (issue 2)


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

Highlights from Trinity term

With 17 active projects in the remit of the Education IT Programme, some significant progress has been made since the Hilary term update, including:

  • Graduate Supervision Reporting: this project to replace the Graduate Supervision System (GSS) in October 2018 has been given approval to start developing the system. Details are on the Student Systems projects page.
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Review: the review is moving forward with a recommendation to look for a new VLE for Oxford. Potential suppliers will be invited to submit a proposal fulfilling Oxford’s requirements, and then undergo a selection process. Details are on the Academic IT projects page.
  • Tutorial Management System (OxCORT replacement): this new project is in the early stages of identifying how a new system to replace the Oxford Colleges On-line Reports for Tutorials system (OxCORT) could support colleges, with a view to implementing it for the 2019/20 academic year. Details are on the Student Systems projects page.

The Assessment Results Management project aimed to implement a new system to support the management of marking of examinations, which would allow MarkIT, a system used by a number of Humanities and Social Sciences departments, to be retired. This project has shown that marking management is an area that would benefit from a review of processes. The project has therefore been put on hold to allow time to explore options for process simplification before a solution is identified. MarkIT will continue to be supported by IT Services while this work is carried out. Details are on the Student Systems projects page.

Project updates

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Academic IT projects 

Updates on current projects include:

  • VLE Review - findings and next steps
  •  Learning Design Model – a supportive framework for designing technology-enhanced learning 

Find out more on the Academic IT projects page.



Student Systems projects

Updates on current projects include:

    • Graduate Supervision Reporting - replacing GSS
    • Graduate Admissions Improvements - for applicants, academic assessors and administrators
    • Tutorial Management System project - replacing OxCORT

    Find out more on the Student Systems projects page.


    Completed projects

    • OSS - now switched off: The now obsolete student records system, OSS, was switched off in Trinity term 2017. Data that needs to be retained has been identified and stored separately.
    • WebLearn Upgrade - software fixes and enhancements: WebLearn was upgraded on 27 April (version 11-ox5), to include the latest available software fixes and enhancements.

    All completed projects are listed on the completed projects page.



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