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  • X-CRI ORIGINS
  • Sunday, June 26, 2011
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    X-CRI ORIGINS | How we got hereNottingham, June 2011
    Professor Mark Stubbs
    Head of Learning & Research Technologies
    Manchester Metropolitan University
    m.stubbs@mmu.ac.uk | http://twitter.com/thestubbs
  • 2005 | JISC seeks “reference models”
    Strong sense of “there must be a better way”…
    National agenda of ‘informed choice’ about learning opportunities but
    feeling that education lags behind other sectors in making its ‘products’ easy to discover and compare.
    Standards exist for exchanging information about people, groups, membership and learning objects but
    no standard way to exchange information about courses.
    Institutions developing ways to populate their prospectus from definitive data but
    resorting to primitive data entry to populate aggregator sites, regional portals, area prospectuses…
    Genuine interest from the community in an open standard for exchanging course information that facilitates joined-up thinking
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  • 2005 | JISC funds XCRI reference model
    Ty’nRhos:
    where the XCRI concept was born
    Manchester:
    where the XCRI project was born
    … except it was raining!
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  • XCRI | History
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  • XCRI | Approach
    Maintained dialogue with European partners in a search for best practice
    Recognised importance of course-related business processes
    Evolved a data exchange specification based on best practice and large-scale trials
    Engaged with EU partners to harmonize developments around a common information model for advertising learning opportunities (CEN MLO)
    Building capacity & interest within UK
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  • MLO | UK significance
    A European Norm on metadata for advertising learning opportunities will be established in 2011
    MLO prEN 15982
    Member states should drop any competing standards and pursue compliance
    Good news for XCRI!
    XCRI 1.2 earmarked as UK implementation of MLO
    XCRI 1.2 synergy with Key Information Sets
    Significant XCRI capacity building in place
    BUT
    sector has process & systems hurdles…
    LO Provider
    LO Spec
    LO Instance
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  • Course Info | state of the art
    Interim findings from the JISC’s £8M 4 Year Curriculum Design & Delivery Programme…
    ‘Many problems with the management of course-related information can be put down to the fact that this is still a document-based rather than a data-based system (and paper-based at most institutions). This gives rise to duplication of effort and of information, lack of version control, poor re-use of relevant information for different purposes, and a tendency for information to be designed for approval rather than any other purpose.’
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  • Better Course Info | resistance is futile
    ‘Many prospective students do not get adequate advice or information to help them choose a course of study’Browne, Oct 2010
    ‘In our 2008 report, we suggested that universities should publish a standard set of information setting out what students can expect from their academic programme – we are pleased to see that the coalition government will be taking this forward’National Student Forum, Annual Report 2010
    ‘From September 2012, prospective higher education students will have easy access to the new Key Information Set (KIS) to help them choose what and where to study’
    http://hefce.ac.uk/news/hefce/2011/kis.htm
    HEFCE, June 2011
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  • Quick quiz
    1 across: Forthcoming UK standard for course information
    1 down: Prospectus requirement for UK universities
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