The Cascade project aimed to use technology to enable the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education to respond better to the challenges created by the government’s ELQ policy by enabling the Department to undertake its activities more efficiently, develop new, or repurpose existing, activities and augment the services currently offered to students.
Project work was undertaken in the following five focus areas, where the application of technology offered the greatest potential impact, either through financial efficiencies, greater effectiveness, or efficient application across a number of activities:
1. Improving access to VLE support for courses
2. Online assignment handling
3. Development of generic content
4. Extension of online enrolment and payment for courses
5. Review of the course design process
Working with staff and students across the Department, the Cascade team piloted activities and developed new tools, then used the results to implement systems and services. This work produced outputs that a) aid staff to design courses that use technology effectively, b) provide information and tools that help students to find and enrol on the right course for them, and c) use technology to improve the experience of studying with the Department.
The Department benefitted by:
Overall, the project enabled the Department to:
This project was funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as part of its 'Transforming curriculum delivery through technology' programme. The project commenced on 1 November 2008 and lasted until the end of December 2010.