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XCRI mini-projects. Call III: course description and discovery. Sarah Davies Programme Manager, JISC. What’s the big idea?.

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XCRI mini-projects

Call III: course description and discovery

Sarah DaviesProgramme Manager, JISC

What’s the big idea?

  • If institutions can automatically generate structured lists of the courses they offer, these can be used by the institution and picked up by aggregators without the need to re-key data.

  • In order for this to happen, we need an agreed format for describing course offerings

    • exchanging course-related information: course advertising profile

    • XCRI-CAP for short

  • Draft XML specification

What do we want?

  • Projects to test out the theory by gathering, consolidating, structuring and publishing their own course advertising information

  • and to report on their experiences

What will you (probably) have to do?

  • Document the existing online information on your courses, including that supplied to bodies such as UCAS

  • Identify where the information that contributes to this is stored in your institution, and how the data is structured

  • Map your course information data items to the XCRI schema

  • Implement a web service to output your course data from your systems as an XCRI-CAP document (dynamic and repeatable, not manual process)

  • Test this with the aggregator and refine

  • Produce a report

Key factors are:

Number of courses

Complexity of provision

Number of sources

Quality of authoring

Data structures

Update frequency

Audit trail

Centralisation (UG/PG)

Process capability

Technical capability

Organisational context


How ready is your institution?

See the XCRI Implementation Models report for further information and guidance on implementation

What will markers be looking for?

  • Six pages only

  • A catalogue of course offerings of sufficient range and detail to provide a realistic test

  • A clear purpose to using the XCRI feed

  • Feasible workplan in the light of current processes and data systems

  • Time commitment from staff in marketing, quality assurance, and management information systems

  • Plans to evaluate the XCRI implementation

  • An understanding of the scale of the task – both technical and organisational

Further information

  • Contact Georgia Slade for enquiries about the bid submission process:

    • [email protected], 0117 9317385

  • For all other enquiries, contact Sarah Davies:

    • [email protected], 07785 518564

  • The XCRI website and forums – available from www.xcri.org

  • The XCRI Implementation Models project - http://www.xcri.org/wiki/index.php/XIM_-_XCRI_Implementation_Models

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