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UIS will be making some important changes to the University's virtual learning environment, Moodle. These changes are required to meet forthcoming accessibility legislation, improve the user experience and help the University simplify its data management.

Moodle will continue to be the system we use for all teaching and learning (T&L) materials. We'll be creating a new T&L Moodle for this content. This will help us to meet accessibility requirements, which will come into force on September 2020. The new Moodle will also provide a superior student user experience, with a more consistent course structure, easier navigation and mobile access.

In parallel, we'll be reviewing how best to manage other content stored in the current Moodle, which includes curriculum data, research data, and various college and University business materials. This work will also help to improve the user experience, as well as simplifying the process of data collection.

The work will be carried out in three phases

We'll be consulting widely with the University to define what the new T&L Moodle will support, and to define its features and functionality. Once we understand the University's requirements, we'll be able to determine which system is best-suited to support all of the content in the current version of Moodle. This could be the new T&L Moodle or another system. In either case, our aim is to provide appropriate systems for all content in the current Moodle and to work with users to move content into those systems.

We'll carry out the work in the following steps:

1. Design and create the new T&L Moodle to sit alongside the current Moodle

  • Identify requirements
  • Design
  • Create and make available in summer 2020

2. Identify and move T&L content into the new T&L Moodle

  • Define T&L content
  • Identify T&L content in the current Moodle
  • Work with users to move T&L content into the T&L Moodle, making sure no content is lost (including course histories)

3. Analyse and find alternative systems for remaining content

  • Analyse the content that remains in the current Moodle
  • Identify alternative systems to store content
  • Work with users to move content into appropriate systems

We're expecting to support the current Moodle for several years until there is little or no content left in it, at which point it will be decommissioned. In the meantime, please continue to use it as you currently do.

The work will be overseen by a project board and we'll be consulting widely with the University at each step in the process to ensure we provide a high-quality, accessible and secure platform for the University.

Any questions?

If you have any queries, please contact the Teaching and Learning Systems team: