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Delivering blended learning to assist the next generation of learners Canvas + Construct SAÏD BUSINESS SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD CASE STUDY Oxford, UK 1,500 Users Commenced 2017 The Challenge Saïd Business School (Oxford Saïd) is the business school of the University of Oxford in England (the number one ranked University in the Times Higher Education University World Ranking). It serves as the centre of learning for undergraduate and postgraduate students in business, finance, and management. Saïd has emerged as a prestigious institution, renowned not only in the United Kingdom but also throughout the world. "We want our students to lead with purpose, and create the next generation of social entrepreneurs who positively impact the world," said Mark Bramwell, the Chief Information Officer for Saïd Business School. Oxford students and faculty used the University's homegrown virtual learning environment (VLE), WebLearn, for many years. However, administrators received feedback that the VLE was difficult to access, had a congested interface, and presented problems when it came to integrating outside applications and other digital tools. The University identified the need for a more user- friendly, intuitive, and robust VLE during a Digital Education Strategy implementation consultation. The Decision In the summer of 2017, and as part of its competitive selection process, Oxford Saïd went through a trial of the Canvas VLE by Instructure. With overwhelmingly positive feedback, decision makers realised that Canvas would not only support teaching and learning at the University, but also open the door to a world of new possibilities. "The flexibility and feature- richness of Canvas gave us more capability," said Bramwell. "Investment in technology can show your institution as being forward-thinking and willing to innovate. That's exciting for students and potentially an important part of their decision-making process." The University announced in 2018 that it selected Canvas as its new VLE. In conjunction with its Canvas adoption, Oxford Saïd also started using Construct, a joint service offering from Proversity and Instructure that provides a full suite of bespoke creative learning design, production, and course design. The Saïd Business School project team used Construct to accelerate their migration of eleven degrees, nearly one hundred modules, and several thousand pages of content. instructure.com/canvas/en-gb

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