LRT talks 20130129 XCRI Aston

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Introduction to the JISC's Course Data programme meeting, summarising XCRI's original objectives from 2005, MMU's use of the XCRI approach to capture a new undergraduate curriculum and some thoughts on where the approach might take us next

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LRT talks 20130129 XCRI Aston

  1. 1. • 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
  2. 2. XCRI@MMU | Yeah, but no, but yeah…• Step-change improvement: re-write entire UG curriculum!
  3. 3. XCRI Context | Complex, interdependent League table rankings Marketing & Recruitment Reputation Processes Learning, Teaching, Assessment Student Intake Student Retention & Personal Development (Aspirations, Attitude Success & Processes, Facilities & Abilities) Satisfaction & Resources Resource allocation All Year Numbers
  4. 4. 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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