Currently City of Bristol College offers a wide variety of prescribed and non-prescribed higher level courses to 1500 students. In an increasingly competitive environment, and with greater funding challenges facing students, the College is committed to exploring how we can present our course data for prospective students and stakeholders.

Course Data Stage 2 City of Bristol College

Currently City of Bristol College offers a wide variety of prescribed and non-prescribed higher level courses to 1500 students. In an increasingly competitive environment, and with greater funding challenges facing students, the College is committed to exploring how we can present our course data for prospective students and stakeholders.

The College will have its own HE numbers as a result of a HEFCE bid so will be more directly involved in collecting and disseminating this information than when this was the responsibility of the partner HEIs franchising courses.

The College works with several different partner HEIs and Awarding Organisations to deliver Level 4 and 5 courses: collecting and sharing information currently involves much duplication of information to fit the needs of different systems. This project will focus on Level 4 & 5 courses, reviewing systems and processes, with a view to improving efficiency and consistency.

The XCRI CAP SAF has demonstrated that there are robust systems in place but that there are issues:

  • integrating data between systems;
  • requirements of additional data to meet the needs of new initiatives such as KIS and HEAR;
  • provision of course information at the module level;
  • establishing a single ‘point of truth’ for course advertising information.

Additionally some courses are inadequately promoted externally and internally. Provision of information on these ‘hard to find’ courses will be reviewed in order to improve their marketing and hence sustainability.

Tribal EBS is used for course management information and Curriculum Publisher for marketing. New initiatives such as HEFCE KIS and HEAR will require a closer link between these existing systems. This project will analyse the systems and processes which collect and distribute learner- and course –related data, exploring possible efficiencies in the systems of learner monitoring and course advertising as well as updating them to meet the requirements of new national initiatives.

Providing robust and full course information will mean that our courses are appropriately represented by learning providers and organisations aggregating and publishing information on HE courses and will help students make informed decisions. Current students will benefit by being able to reference what they achieved at college to prospective employers.

Objectives

  • Produce a model of system and data processes for course advertising and learner monitoring.
  • Produce guidelines/standards to improve sharing a defined set of learner and course information with partner HEIs.
  • Explore system/process changes to conform to proposed national initiatives of KIS and HEAR, data requirements of UCAS for p/t courses and future requirements of quality assurance agencies e.g. QAA and Ofsted.
  • Introduce systems/processes to improve marketing  ‘hard to find’ courses.
  • Disseminate project information.
  • Identify system/process changes to meet requirements of new national initiatives and external agencies.
  • Implement a system-generated, machine-readable course advertising feed in XCRI CAP 1.2 with COOL URI

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

  • Implementation of XCRI CAP code to improve management of course information.
  • Improved system and data processes for course advertising and learner monitoring, incorporating requirements for national initiatives of KIS and HEAR, UCAS and quality assurance agencies as well as improving the service to stakeholders such as learners, potential learners and employers.
  • Guidelines for sharing learner information and course information with partner HEIs.
  • Improved marketing of ‘hard to find’ courses, taking into account the modularised nature of the HE and professional course curriculum.
  • Dissemination of progress and ‘lessons learned' to the wider HE and FE community.

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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
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Lead institutions
City of Bristol College
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