By working with OLC, Oxinet were able to establish a set of requirements which provided the basis for an integrated solution using the latest technologies to allow OLC to achieve its goals. Oxinet used .NET to develop a bespoke system named ‘Campus,’ with a Microsoft SQL Server running alongside the existing OLC website. The existing OLC site ran on a Linux Server, so the implementation of the .NET/SQL Server component which necessarily ran on a Windows Server, needed to integrate with the Linux hosted part of the system. Despite potential conflict, a risk assessment was undertaken and it was agreed that maximum benefit would still be achieved by implementing a separate part of the site supported by a database, and completely invisible to the end-user. The decision to deliver the new part of the site in .NET and SQL Server also meant;
The ‘Campus’ section of the site was created through close collaboration between Oxinet and OLC. OLC tested features in-house as they were developed, providing feedback to Oxinet directly, enabling fast and precise turnaround of amendments.
A tutor payment system was also implemented as part of the .NET development. Invoices are now automatically raised by the system at the end of each month informing the tutors of payments they are due to receive in respect of work they have marked.
Independent Verifiers can also login to the system to audit assessments, ensuring accuracy and consistency across all tutors and subjects.
The new system has increased the speed at which coursework is marked and feedback is delivered, improving the student experience and overall level of satisfaction with the College. Tutors too have also noted improvement as they now receive payments more efficiently.