1. Introduction

The online environment in the University of Oxford is being transformed. A new Groupware service is being deployed1, the virtual learning environment has being upgraded2, the University’s student system is being developed3, and the glue that holds this all together – identity and access management – is continuing to be built4. It is essential that the various systems interoperate effectively and produce a coherent environment for the user.

This paper considers two of the services, Groupware/Nexus and the virtual learning environment WebLearn, and addresses the oft asked question what is the appropriate use of each? The guidelines are in keeping with practices at other Universities who are further down the path of rolling out a SharePoint service to complement their existing VLE.

A PDF version of this document is also available for download via the ODIT web site.

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