The vision of seamless, personalised information complementing an engaging blended learning experience meant that organisational boundaries between teaching teams, registry, timetabling, quality assurance, library and educational technologists had
to be set aside. Software that had served the needs of individual departments had to be reconceptualised as services that could be assembled around the learner.
The scale and pace of the project was unprecedented for the UK higher education sector, the ambitious deadline was to deliver a brand new, technology supported first year for September 2011, with the new second year starting September 2012 and the new final year in 2013.
Manchester Metropolitan selected CoSector – University of London, to implement and support the VLE, this marked the beginning of a long and prosperous partnership that would see CoSector – University of London provide numerous solutions to a range of projects, at the University.
“Manchester Metropolitan really took it to another level – bringing together multiple sources of information to one convenient place in Moodle was revolutionary back in 2011, and since then we have seen many other institutions adopt this technique. It’s been very much a journey for us at CoSector as it has been for the University, in terms of enhancing and improving the HE provision,” says Dave Kenworthy, Director of Digital Services, CoSector – University of London.
“We initially worked with Manchester Metropolitan to create a customised system, which we have continued to upgrade, innovate and improve its performance over the years. The technical teams on both sides have consistently worked very closely, making this very much a joint-effort, and a strong ongoing partnership.”
Manchester Metropolitan’s VLE has approximately 40,000 users and receives 50 million hits a year, so it is vital that it offers a rock-solid service and upgrades are handled with minimum disruption to students and staff.