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According to the heads of digital learning teams at a number of UK universities, reviews have become more popular in recent years. In fact, a survey into technology-enhanced learning in UK higher education in 2016, conducted by Ucisa, found that around half of respondents had carried out VLE reviews over the last two years, and a further 44% were planning reviews within the next two years. But what are the steps to a successful review? Here at CoSector – University of London, we regularly help our customers run reviews to ensure their VLE not only meets the needs of students and staff, but also exceeds expectations. Here are a few tips to guaranteeing yours goes ahead as seamlessly as possible:

Planning for progress

The first step, before any review activity begins, is to plan. This is where you'll agree exactly what integrations or amendments will be made to the platform, and it will also provide a guidance of timescales for project completion. Before you sit down with your team, it’s important to note down what has worked well with your platform – as well as what hasn’t – since your last review. At CoSector, we always provide support to our customers at the planning stage, and strive to make recommendations based on our knowledge of the sector and our expertise. We can also help you identify any issues that could arise during this process and potentially cause roadblocks. For example, last year we helped the University of Roehampton review their platform, during which the recent GDPR law came into effect. Following this, there were discussions between both teams about GDPR and the steps CoSector has taken to ensure the online learning services comply with it.
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Xavier Briche, head of digital learning services at Roehampton, said of the review:
There has been great communication and reassurance. When we were looking for deep expertise, it was useful to be able to turn to the team at CoSector – University of London. They clearly have the knowledge to answer quite complex queries relevant to our context.

Working closely with your supplier for a smooth implementation

The trick to a smooth implementation is a good working relationship with your supplier. By bringing them into the review at the earliest possible opportunity, not only can they help with the initial planning stages, they can also handle the implementation process for you; installing the new functionality to the platform, or transferring student records as needed. The main benefit to this is undoubtedly the time it frees up for your digital learning team to concentrate on growing other areas of your department, and not having to spend their time implementing the new platform. This is a sentiment echoed by our customer the University of Plymouth, Paul Westmore, director of IT at the university, says:
One of the key things that working with CoSector – University of London has enabled us to do, is provide what we think is an excellent learning environment with very little in the way of dedicated resources from the University itself.
If you are interested in reviewing your current VLE platform please contact us at digitallearning@cosector.com or visit cosector.com   CoSector – University of London   [post_title] => How to plan a VLE review and upgrade [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => vle-review-upgrade-cosector-university-of-london [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-02-07 15:06:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-02-07 15:06:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://edtechnology.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=blog&p=21822 [menu_order] => 226 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 21432 [post_author] => 63 [post_date] => 2020-01-30 15:30:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-30 15:30:07 [post_content] => Digital services provider, CoSector – University of London, has teamed up with research information management experts, Haplo, to offer university clients “improved repository solutions” for academic research. Via an online platform, CoSector customers will now have a full real-time picture of the repository, with a one-touch process opening up progress reports and workflow progression. Researchers working on a group project will also be able to store their findings together in one place. “CoSector and Haplo share the same attitudes and ways of working,” said James Silcock, commercial director at CoSector – University of London.
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“[The partnership] will allow our customers to prepare for the next Research Excellence Framework and enable them to have a comprehensive real-time picture of every aspect of their individual repositories, whilst retaining the ethos of the open source community,” he added. The next Research Excellence Framework – the UK’s method of assessing research quality in higher education institutions – will take place next year. “Haplo’s open source repository has been built in close collaboration with our user community,” said Jennifer Summers, the company’s MD and founder. “To be able to team up with a leading organisation like CoSector, who also believe in that collaborative process, is a really positive step in ensuring the technology reflects and supports each institution’s unique requirements.” [post_title] => New partnership bids to offer step-change in academic research [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => cosector-partnership-bids-to-offer-step-change-in-academic-research [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-01-29 15:38:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-29 15:38:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://edtechnology.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=articles&p=21432 [menu_order] => 254 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13859 [post_author] => 74 [post_date] => 2019-03-18 11:31:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-18 11:31:11 [post_content] => Based in south west London, the University of Roehampton is situated across two major sites. It has over 175 years of history and tradition, but it is still important to the academic institution that its services are modern and easy to use. In order to maintain this reputation and support these areas, the university has created a strong Digital Learning department to support technology for teaching and learning and which includes dedicated eLearning, specialist IT and media teams. Blended and online learning are priorities for supporting the university’s diverse student population, as it often hosts assistive technology integrations such as JAWS, Zoomtext and Texthelp Read and Write. Course slides can be uploaded for students who need to take more time to review them outside of lectures, and most virtual learning environments (VLEs) now provide a way of navigating around the course without a mouse and ensure the links and additional files can also be navigated by using keystrokes only. Three years ago, the Digital Learning department at Roehampton decided it was time to enhance one of its key online learning tools, its VLE, as its eLearning team found it to be too static and wanted to engage students and teachers further in the use of online technologies as part of the learning experience. As a result, they were looking for a versatile solution that would allow the integration of new products and upgrades easily, and for the VLE to be hosted by a vendor which provided comprehensive support with any of these amendments or developments to the platform. Moodle was identified by the Digital Learning department as the most suitable platform for its needs, due to its clear and modern interface, but what was more important to the university was selecting a partner to implement and host the platform flexibly, supporting new integrations, and it was vital for the new vendor to prove it could improve on the static service currently provided. CoSector – University of London was selected due to its reputation within the HE community for its versatility and its proven experience in providing all the services required.
Three years ago, the Digital Learning department at Roehampton decided it was time to enhance one of its key online learning tools, its VLE, as its eLearning team found it to be too static and wanted to engage students and teachers further in the use of online technologies.
The University of Roehampton currently works with the CoSector – University of London digital learning team, which includes the hosting and technical support of the Moodle VLE platform. CoSector’s digital learning team is always on-hand to give advice on new integrations and any ideas for developments to the platform, and they can work with the university to create this. Xavier Briche, head of digital learning at the University of Roehampton, said: “There has been great communication and reassurance. When we were looking for deep expertise, it was useful to be able to turn to the team at CoSector – University of London. They clearly have the knowledge to answer quite complex queries relevant to our context.” CoSector – University of London also ensures that Roehampton’s Moodle platform is constantly up to date, and that each summer at the end of the academic year, the platform is rolled over to the latest version. At the end of the academic year CoSector ensures that the old version becomes an archive, and all materials from the past two years remain accessible to students as well, so if a student is in their third year they will still be able to access material from their first year. Roehampton has just reviewed and renewed its contract with CoSector – University of London, a process they worked closely on with their account manager, who was on hand to discuss any alterations they wished to make. Xavier concluded: “When you change host, you are taking a big risk. Although you’re hoping there will be some improvement going forward with your new vendor you just never know. With CoSector we were thrilled. In terms of account management, and the business side of it, it’s proven to be worth the switch.” CoSector – University of London will be at the UCISA Leadership Conference in March. Please drop by exhibition stand 53 and say hello to the team, or take a look at www.cosector.com [post_title] => University of London drives accessibility at the University of Roehampton [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => university-of-london-drives-accessibility-at-the-university-of-roehampton [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-18 11:31:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-18 11:31:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://edtechnology.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=articles&p=13859 [menu_order] => 961 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 3 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 21822 [post_author] => 23 [post_date] => 2020-02-07 15:06:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-02-07 15:06:56 [post_content] => A review can help learning organisations make the most of their platforms and help them identify areas of improvement, add exciting new functionalities, or highlight whether another platform better suits their requirements. According to the heads of digital learning teams at a number of UK universities, reviews have become more popular in recent years. In fact, a survey into technology-enhanced learning in UK higher education in 2016, conducted by Ucisa, found that around half of respondents had carried out VLE reviews over the last two years, and a further 44% were planning reviews within the next two years. But what are the steps to a successful review? Here at CoSector – University of London, we regularly help our customers run reviews to ensure their VLE not only meets the needs of students and staff, but also exceeds expectations. Here are a few tips to guaranteeing yours goes ahead as seamlessly as possible:

Planning for progress

The first step, before any review activity begins, is to plan. This is where you'll agree exactly what integrations or amendments will be made to the platform, and it will also provide a guidance of timescales for project completion. Before you sit down with your team, it’s important to note down what has worked well with your platform – as well as what hasn’t – since your last review. At CoSector, we always provide support to our customers at the planning stage, and strive to make recommendations based on our knowledge of the sector and our expertise. We can also help you identify any issues that could arise during this process and potentially cause roadblocks. For example, last year we helped the University of Roehampton review their platform, during which the recent GDPR law came into effect. Following this, there were discussions between both teams about GDPR and the steps CoSector has taken to ensure the online learning services comply with it.
You might also like: New partnership bids to offer step-change in academic research
Xavier Briche, head of digital learning services at Roehampton, said of the review:
There has been great communication and reassurance. When we were looking for deep expertise, it was useful to be able to turn to the team at CoSector – University of London. They clearly have the knowledge to answer quite complex queries relevant to our context.

Working closely with your supplier for a smooth implementation

The trick to a smooth implementation is a good working relationship with your supplier. By bringing them into the review at the earliest possible opportunity, not only can they help with the initial planning stages, they can also handle the implementation process for you; installing the new functionality to the platform, or transferring student records as needed. The main benefit to this is undoubtedly the time it frees up for your digital learning team to concentrate on growing other areas of your department, and not having to spend their time implementing the new platform. This is a sentiment echoed by our customer the University of Plymouth, Paul Westmore, director of IT at the university, says:
One of the key things that working with CoSector – University of London has enabled us to do, is provide what we think is an excellent learning environment with very little in the way of dedicated resources from the University itself.
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