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Talis Aspire User Group 20120329

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This presentation to the Talis Aspire Users' Group sets work with reading lists in the broader context of MMU's EQAL curriculum transformation initiative. Slides provide an overview of a mega-mashup web-service used to wrap institutional resources around the learner developed with the support of the JISC's Distributed VLE programme.Technical detail is provided on the approach adopted for integrating Talis Aspire lists into Moodle.

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Talis Aspire User Group 20120329

  1. 1. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence Wrapping Institutional Resources around the Learner Edinburgh | March 2012 Professor Mark Stubbs Head of Learning & Research Technologies m.stubbs@mmu.ac.uk | http://twitter.com/thestubbs http://slideshare.net/markstubbs Student Experience Challenge | EQAL | Mega-mashupTuesday, March 27, 2012 1
  2. 2. Student Experience: mixed? And how do I assure you you find the parts of it are student excellent ! experience? Learning Learning Environment Environment Corporate Systems Admin Systems 2
  3. 3. Student Experience: varied? 35,000+ students 1,000 + courses 1,500+ tutors 7 sites 3
  4. 4. Student Experience: declining?
  5. 5. Doing something about it… In the current climate Diminishing unit of resource Everything depends on everything else We are large and risk averse
  6. 6. “Who dares wins”  In the current climate ? vc Diminishing unit of resource θ Everything depends on everything else We are large and risk averse
  7. 7. EQAL In the current climate• A coordinated strike for step change improvement Diminishing unit of resource New Curriculum Everything depends on everything else • designing new units, … We are large and risk averse New Admin Systems & Processes • personal timetabling, … New Virtual Learning Environment • Moodle, Aspire, EQUELLA, myMMU web/mobile, … New QA & QE Processes • facilitating curriculum transformation
  8. 8. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceGetting the experience back Learning Environment Admin Systems New Systems, Processes & VLE Admin Systems
  9. 9. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceWrapping the institution around the learner 9
  10. 10. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceWrapping the institution around the learner Student ID Timetable 10
  11. 11. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceWrapping the institution around the learner Student ID (+ Unit code) Hand-in dates / extensions / marks Personalised submission sheet 11
  12. 12. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceWrapping the institution around the learner Unit code Past exam papers Past exam paper 12
  13. 13. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceWrapping the institution around the learner Unit code Resource list Relevant resource 13
  14. 14. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceAnd making our mega-mashup work …• Consistent tagging (so relevant data can be aggregated)• Web services (to power the aggregation)• Moodle block (to present personalised results) – Every Moodle course area set up as Code_AcYear_Occurrence – We know the Moodle authenticated user & course area id so we have everything we need to query corporate systems for relevant content… UserID Code AcYear OccurrenceAnnouncements X X X XDeadlines X X X XTimetable X X X XReading list X XPodcasts X XPast papers X 14
  15. 15. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceHow it works: Moodle - Talis Aspire1. Formulate URL http://lists.lib.mmu.ac.uk/units/6g3z3004/lists/1112.rdfby parsing MoodleCourseID and load RDFresponse into XML DOM2. Extract URL of CSV …/lists/71AD28C6-826F-1B6F-D461-3A9BAEDA2FB4.csvrepresentation of listusing XPath & load CSVresponse into CSV parser3. Parse CSV + createAtom items for each listitem, setting SourceFeedas either “To Buy”,“Essential” or “Further”4 Apply XSLT to Atom to XHTMLcreate XHTML to return fragment
  16. 16. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceSo far…• EQAL – transforming entire UG curriculum – New 30 credit L3 / L4 modules live Sept 2011 – New 30 credit L5 modules live Sept 2012 – New 30 credit L6 modules live Sept 2013 – Structured reading list mandatory for module approval + Aspire setup• Student feedback – Nov 2011: 10,716 left 58,000+ comments on our online survey – Statistical analysis ranked predictors of overall satisfaction 1. Course organisation 2. Building confidence 3. Teaching quality (explanation, feedback, advice) 4. Learning resources – GT-style qualitative analysis of L6 suggested improvements • “More library resources” – interestingly where Aspire list not present
  17. 17. This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceWhere next…• Continuous Monitoring & Improvement – Presenting module & prog leaders with BI data & capturing plans for improvement / modification • Resource utilisation • Student engagement • Student satisfaction • Student success – Offering suggestions & recommendations • Resource rating• New Mobile Strategy for 2013 – More personalised, more self-service, more location-aware – Institutional tech which complements personal tech

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