University of Bradford and University of Sheffield have migrated to Managed Hosting, our private cloud hosting solution, in a move to deliver a fast and reliable Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to students and academic staff, while reducing the total cost of ownership.

The transition will enable the two leading UK institutions to upgrade to the latest version of the VLE as soon as it becomes available, while ensuring faster speeds and greater system availability. Moreover, Managed Hosting decreases the workload on the internal staff allowing them to dedicate additional time to instructor and student support. This way, they can now focus on improving and growing the learning programmes for an enhanced quality of the teaching and learning experience.

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“Blackboard VLE is one of our key systems and we wanted to improve the way we provide this service to our students and staff,” said Carol Higgison, Senior Adviser on e-learning at the University of Bradford. “The transition will also help us increase student access to the service and implement new policies such as BYOD.”

“This migration will also benefit the university as it improves its capacity to meet its strategic goals as the Technology University of the North,” added Graham Hill, Director of IT Services.

Christine Sexton, Director of Corporate Information and Computing Services at University of Sheffield, commented: “We have been using Blackboard teaching and learning solutions for years, with an internally hosted and managed infrastructure. However, to manage the increasing number of users more easily and to maintain the top quality student-facing services our university is renowned for, we needed a scalable, high-performing IT environment that could easily increase the amount of processing power available at critical times such as during assessments.”

“We will work with Blackboard dedicated staff to identity peaks in performance and ensure that they are adequately resourced, and to schedule all required updates at times that cause the least disruption to the users. This type of infrastructure and level of services are difficult and expensive to be replicated internally.”

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