The consistently structured data* in the TUMS is used by other systems and services, initially the Canvas virtual learning environment (VLE) and the Teaching Management System (TMS) (delivery planned for Michaelmas term 2021). As departments do not need to provide their data separately for each system, this should save time and effort, it is also anticipated that departments may find this shared data useful in many other ways in future.
The TUMS does not replace locally managed information sources such as course handbooks and webpages, it does serve as a tool to collate some of that key information in a University-wide repository, using a consistent format and structure.
* The following types of programmes are included: award-bearing, Visiting Student and Recognised Student Programmes of Study, (these are the Programmes for which SITS:Vision is the University’s student records system). Some of the data is migrated from elsewhere (e.g. SITS:Vision) and therefore available for all of these programmes. Other data is included only where the Administering Department has added it directly to the TUMS.
From summer 2021, the data will give the relevant Canvas users even more control over how they manage their course activity in Canvas, and it will power various search filters and reporting for TMS users as they begin their set up ready for Michaelmas term 2021.