The AUCB is a specialist creative arts institution which wishes to offer its courses to as wide a constituency as possible but we acknowledge that some of our course information is not always easy to find. This project offers an opportunity to make information on our short courses, undergraduate part-time provision, postgraduate taught courses and those courses offered to international students more visible and accessible through providing information in a standard format, and making this available to participating course aggregators.

Course Data Stage 2 Arts University Bournemouth

The AUCB is a specialist creative arts institution which wishes to offer its courses to as wide a constituency as possible but we acknowledge that some of our course information is not always easy to find. This project offers an opportunity to make information on our short courses, undergraduate part-time provision, postgraduate taught courses and those courses offered to international students more visible and accessible through providing information in a standard format, and making this available to participating course aggregators.

The Course Advertising Profile (known as XCRI-CAP) provides a standard against which we can map and improve course information management processes and will enable us to exchange course related information more efficiently and effectively. We also intend to explore the possibility of extending this process to integrate with other initiatives, specifically the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), the Key Information Set (KIS) and the European publication standard, Metadata for Learning Opportunities (MLO).  We anticipate that this will boost recruitment, improve access to our short courses for the local community, give international students (who have to access information online) clearer and more accessible information, and help to create a more open information environment for courses that are not covered by UCAS, as well as enabling external agencies to access standardised information as easily as possible.

The project involves a review of how we collect, review, update and manage course related information so we can develop one process for XCRI, and thus publish a single set of course information for further dissemination.  AUCB considers that implementation of XCRI will improve management controls for course data, reducing duplication of information for compulsory information submission and publishing information through external aggregators.  This should lead to business efficiencies across the University College, and within the higher education community

We intend to work with other specialist art and design HE providers as a Creative Assembly to ensure that art and design courses are appropriately referenced within the aggregators, and meet the specific requirements of creative courses.

Objectives

  • To analyse processes and services, and review current documentation and course related information for use against the XCRI-CAP and website requirements.
  • To produce clear and defined XCRI data for short courses, undergraduate, post graduate and international provision (both full- and part-time modes)
  • To establish a SharePoint 2010 infrastructure as a multiple source aggregator collecting information from various sources into a content management system.
  • To review and develop schemas against KIS and HEAR to enable management output reports and potential feeds for websites.
  • To disseminate the project, Enterprise Architecture and ‘Creative Assembly’ information actively through meetings, website, blogs and wikis 

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

  • Creative Assembly meetings will provide feedback on the XCRI project: Discussion output from a group of specialist institutions
  • To implement EA against XCRI project to assist in the identification of efficiencies
  • More efficient internal processes: The XCRI feed will contribute to an online store for short course provision and with better processes and structures in place, duplication of effort will be avoided.
  • Standardised information on courses enabling potential students and external agencies to access information in one format across HE sector
  • To disseminate information from EA, Creative Assembly and XCRI Projects through the website, blogs and wikis

Documents

Final Report 

Project Staff

Project Manager
  • Julia Waite, Head of Library and Information Services, 01202 363307 jwaite@aucb.ac.uk
Project Team

 The fax number for all the staff above is: +44 (0)1202 537 729

Documents & Multimedia

Summary
Start date
12 January 2012
End date
29 March 2013
Funding programme
e-Learning programme
Strand
Course Data: making the most of course information
Lead institutions
Arts University Bournemouth (AUB)
Topic