We are currently undertaking a wide-ranging transformation programme to improve our core digital infrastructure. This means we are upgrading existing systems, for example through the Banner Transformation Project (academic administration), Moodle (our students’ virtual learning environment) and Agresso (finance system) projects; or replacing them, for example, our website content management system. When this programme of work is complete, we will have taken a major step forward in creating a technology foundation from which we can make further improvements; enriching our student experience and research capability.
This programme of work has been delivered over the last two years and, with the latest cohort, we are paving the way for innovations which might be identified as part of my Digital Futures Advisory Group
A very significant project that will be completed this year is the upgrade of Moodle, our virtual learning environment. This upgrade directly aligns with our aspiration to inspire and educate using the latest learning technologies and e-resources. Our IT team has spent a considerable effort stabilising the current environment and we are now in a position to upgrade to the latest version.
Moodle will be cloud-based and this approach, along with engaging external partners, will greatly improve resilience, system availability and will provide a stable baseline platform for the innovative use of technology in teaching and learning. This state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, will enable our academics to deliver enhanced content for students, along with many new features and capabilities which will be enabled over time. It is anticipated that the upgraded system will be live in August 2018.
Moodle and other projects demonstrate that we are engaging with the latest and best technologies, partners and environments to transform the way we work and our students learn.
Professor Paul Layzell