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Wolverhampton Case Study

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UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON University of Wolverhampton Case Study Wolverhampton, UK 21,245 Users Commenced May 2016 The Challenge The University of Wolverhampton's motto is "Innovation and Opportunity", and as a provider of both for more than a century, the university continually explores ways that change can advance its pedagogical goals, support its call for wider participation in higher education, and further its reputation for producing highly employable graduates. In the most recent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) review, Wolverhampton was commended for its enhancement of student learning opportunities. In the 1990s, Wolverhampton was a leader in technology- enhanced learning, developing a homegrown virtual learning environment (VLE) that was well-liked by students and faculty. Whilst the VLE had a high adoption rate, it was often used as a 'dumping ground' or a repository for documentation, meeting management and quality processes. In 2016, the rapid pace of technology prompted the university to seek a new VLE that would support the ever-evolving nature of education, put students first, and help the university return to the forefront of innovation. In addition, Wolverhampton embarked on a Digital Campus Transformation Programme (part of a £250m "Our Vision, Your Opportunity" investment), a strategy designed to allow everyone on campus to engage with learning resources and each other at any time and from any place - essentially creating a campus without boundaries. The university needed a partner for the Digital Campus. "The VLE is the hub for all learning and teaching activity. So we wanted to enable the opportunity to change the way people teach, the way students learn," said Gareth Kirk, senior project manager for the university. instructure.com/canvas/en-gb Key Findings The University of Wolverhampton is migrating over 24,000 users from a homegrown/proprietary system to Canvas. The University of Wolverhampton chose Canvas as their VLE after a thorough competitive tender process. They chose Canvas because they believe Canvas can provide them with an innovative digital infrastructure, and allow their students and teachers to fully interact with their learning materials on a device of their choice. 01 02

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