Six years ago, as part of its student experience strategy, the university decided it was time to implement a new virtual learning environment (VLE) to improve upon its previous online learning system.
The drive for this change was feedback from the students and staff that the previous platform wasn’t flexible enough. The IT staff also felt that, from a technical viewpoint, its flat hierarchy didn’t allow them to create categories that could represent programmes. It was very much modular course based.
In order to align with the new strategy, the university wanted a much more versatile approach. It strives for quality when selecting new digital services, specifically favouring ones that are future proof and adapt to changing needs. As a result, Oxford Brookes did some peer analysis and requirements gathering, to evaluate the services that other institutions were using. Once this process had been completed, Moodle, the world’s most widely used VLE, was seen as the right solution.
It was then a case of selecting a vendor partner for the implementation and hosting of the Moodle platform, and after a successful tender process, CoSector – University of London, then known as ULCC, was chosen as the service partner due to its knowledge of the sector as an academic institution itself.
CoSector – University of London then successfully implemented the new Moodle platform onto the Oxford Brookes system, replacing the previous service. As this was a large system to replace, with multiple integrations, the process took around nine months.