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XCRI Origins20110627
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XCRI Origins20110627
XCRI Origins20110627
XCRI Origins20110627
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XCRI Origins20110627
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  • 1. X-CRI ORIGINS<br />
  • 2. Sunday, June 26, 2011<br />2<br />X-CRI ORIGINS | How we got hereNottingham, June 2011<br />Professor Mark Stubbs<br />Head of Learning & Research Technologies<br />Manchester Metropolitan University<br />m.stubbs@mmu.ac.uk | http://twitter.com/thestubbs<br />
  • 3. 2005 | JISC seeks “reference models”<br />Strong sense of “there must be a better way”…<br />National agenda of ‘informed choice’ about learning opportunities but<br />feeling that education lags behind other sectors in making its ‘products’ easy to discover and compare.<br />Standards exist for exchanging information about people, groups, membership and learning objects but<br />no standard way to exchange information about courses.<br />Institutions developing ways to populate their prospectus from definitive data but<br />resorting to primitive data entry to populate aggregator sites, regional portals, area prospectuses…<br />Genuine interest from the community in an open standard for exchanging course information that facilitates joined-up thinking<br />This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence<br />
  • 4. 2005 | JISC funds XCRI reference model<br />Ty’nRhos:<br />where the XCRI concept was born<br />Manchester:<br />where the XCRI project was born<br />… except it was raining!<br />This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence<br />
  • 5. XCRI | History<br />This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence<br />
  • 6. XCRI | Approach<br />Maintained dialogue with European partners in a search for best practice<br />Recognised importance of course-related business processes <br />Evolved a data exchange specification based on best practice and large-scale trials<br />Engaged with EU partners to harmonize developments around a common information model for advertising learning opportunities (CEN MLO)<br />Building capacity & interest within UK<br />This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence<br />
  • 7. MLO | UK significance<br />A European Norm on metadata for advertising learning opportunities will be established in 2011<br />MLO prEN 15982<br />Member states should drop any competing standards and pursue compliance<br />Good news for XCRI!<br />XCRI 1.2 earmarked as UK implementation of MLO<br />XCRI 1.2 synergy with Key Information Sets<br />Significant XCRI capacity building in place<br />BUT<br />sector has process & systems hurdles…<br />LO Provider<br />LO Spec<br />LO Instance<br />7<br />This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence<br />
  • 8. Course Info | state of the art<br />Interim findings from the JISC’s £8M 4 Year Curriculum Design & Delivery Programme…<br />‘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.’ <br />This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence<br />
  • 9. Better Course Info | resistance is futile<br />‘Many prospective students do not get adequate advice or information to help them choose a course of study’Browne, Oct 2010<br />‘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<br />‘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’<br />http://hefce.ac.uk/news/hefce/2011/kis.htm<br />HEFCE, June 2011<br />This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence<br />
  • 10. Quick quiz<br />1 across: Forthcoming UK standard for course information<br />1 down: Prospectus requirement for UK universities<br />1<br />K<br />X<br />I<br />1<br />C<br />R<br />S<br />This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence<br />

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