development and operational practice. The focus of this presentation is to demonstrate that it is possible to provide a framework for the systematic management of grades through the integration of Student Information System (SIS) with a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This in turn presents opportunities for efficient and effective data management which are major internal institutional drivers for change. At the same time,themajor external influence has been the JISC project and subsequent guide which provided framework in which to contextualise the anticipated improvement in marks recording and management.
This session will focus on the two way integration between a SIS and VLE by transferring the assessment structures from one
system to the other and then returning marks from the VLE back into the SIS. The automatic transfer of data two ways is
beneficial to the process of marks integration.
Currently, in our institution this process is only one with the marks being entered manually, repetitively and multiple inputs. Data management is inefficient and ineffective in terms of delay, accuracy and timescales for delivery. Automating marks integration based on the principle of one data entry only and simplified workflow reduces the potential for error and accelerates the reporting process to help meet student demands for faster feedback.
The proposed submission will show how the 3 main barriers have been approached:
1 Digital capability of all staff (willingness and ability to participate in the project pilots)
2 Institutional inertia.(the lack of engagement during the project despite the recognition of the benefits)
3 The range of assessment and their structures (operational issues)
Currently, the technical solutions have been largely shown to work but we still have to resolve the people issues which emerged. The presentation will share some of the outcomes achieved but also reflect on the lessons learned from surveys,
reviews and individual feedback leading to the next stage of a roll-out plan.