XCRI at IWMW 2007


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This is my presentation at IWMW 2007 on using XCRI to syndicate course catalogues (prospectus data).

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XCRI at IWMW 2007

  1. 1. IWMW, York, 17 July 2007 XCRI - syndicating the online prospectus Scott Wilson, Institute of Educational Cybernetics, Bolton Ben Ryan, KaiNao Ltd. Mark Stubbs, MMU Business School This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence
  2. 2. Why… <ul><li>Does every agency need your course information re-typing into yet another web form? </li></ul><ul><li>Does every new initiative, e.g. 14-19, mean re-designing the course information data? </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t we learn from the success of simple syndication techniques like RSS and stop this expensive nonsense? </li></ul><ul><li>Enter XCRI! </li></ul>
  3. 3. xcri | what <ul><li>XCRI C ourse A dvertising P rofile : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A candidate XML specification for enabling course descriptions to be aggregated by brokers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Derived from the XCRI reference model, which describes the components of curriculum documents used in the curriculum development workflow </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. xcri | why <ul><li>National agenda of ‘informed choice’ about learning opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Standards exist for exchanging information about people, groups and membership but </li></ul><ul><li>no standard way to exchange information about courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Institutions developing ways to populate their prospectus from definitive data but </li></ul><ul><li>resorting to primitive data entry to populate aggregator sites, regional portals, ... etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Genuine interest from the community in a standard for exchanging course information. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Course Advertising Acquired/Required Competence Entry Requirements Entry Profiles Pathways Advice Portfolio Course Approval Evidence of Achievement Transcripts Personal Development Planning Learner Trails E-Admission Personal Statements Curriculum Management Course Modification E-Application Student Records Assessment Results References Applicant Feedback Learner Goals Admission Stats Course Search Course Details
  6. 6. xcri | history First feeds start to trickle in from Oxford and the OU… Q2 2007 XCRI-CAP 1.0 released, as is demonstration aggregator Q1 2007 XCRI project devised by CETIS Enterprise SIG spin-off + UCAS Q1 2005 JISC fund trials of the XCRI CAP + demonstration aggregator + support project Q4 2006 Existing XCRI deployments & authoring options reviewed Optimised Course Advertising Profile XML schema released Q3 2006 XML used at Adam Smith College to generate PDF course brochures Report produced on competence modelling and XCRI Q2 2006 R1.0 XML schema tested with Plymouth-UCAS, Oxford Uni CPD, Reid Kerr Prospectus & Liverpool Learning Matrix Regional Portal. Searchable curriculum repository demonstrated Q1 2006 R1.0 XML schema developed through prototyping & critique Q4 2005 UK prospectus websites reviewed (161!) Case studies of existing practice produced from site visits Q3 2005 Existing standards reviewed (Norway’s CDM closest) Q2 2005
  7. 7. xcri | specification Full spec at http://www.xcri.org/wiki XML schema at http://www.xcri.org/svn/trunk/bindings/cap. xsd <ul><li>Principles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>practical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>based on today’s data and systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>real implementations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>open community process driving spec development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>as simple as we can make it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Structure: </li></ul><ul><li>Catalog -> Provider -> Course -> Presentation (aka offering, instance…) </li></ul><ul><li>~36 total data elements, including vCard/DC/Atom “borrowings” </li></ul><ul><li>Inheritance heuristics used to reduce repetition (& file size) </li></ul>
  8. 8. xcri | specification
  9. 9. xcri | specification
  10. 10. xcri | cap implementation patterns <ul><li>Pure aggregation, RSS/Atom style - “course info feeds” using XCRI-CAP </li></ul><ul><li>OAI-PMH protocol carrying XCRI-CAP metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Microformat </li></ul>http://www.xcri.org/wiki
  11. 11. xcri | example implementation
  12. 12. xcri | example implementation Learners Search the Aggregator Institutions Publish XCRI XML Get the code via http://www.xcri.org/wiki
  13. 13. xcri | more mashups?
  14. 14. xcri | current projects <ul><li>GMSA </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Matrix Liverpool </li></ul><ul><li>SURF (not the Dutch one) </li></ul><ul><li>UCAS </li></ul><ul><li>JISC E-Admissions process improvement programme </li></ul><ul><li>Mini-grants round 1 </li></ul>
  15. 15. xcri | future work <ul><li>Continue to develop the spec based on community feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Provide online validator for XCRI-CAP feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Submit CAP to a recognized standardization process by the end of current project (Feb 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Explore some of the terra incognita </li></ul>
  16. 16. xcri | find out more <ul><li>http://www.xcri.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.xcri.org/blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.xcri.org/forum </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.xcri.org/wiki </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.xcri.org/aggregator </li></ul>
  17. 17. xcri | get involved <ul><li>JISC mini-projects (10k grants) </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute on forum and wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Add your XML to the aggregator and see how it looks </li></ul><ul><li>Build some interesting stuff and tell us about it </li></ul>