Course Data Stage 2 the Courtauld Institute of Art
The aim of the Course Data project is to improve the Course Advertising Profile (CAP) of institutions within the education sector. The Courtauld Institute of Art, an independent college of the University of London, will participate in this JISC funded scheme to eXchange Course Related Information (XCRI) efficiently between learning providers and organisations collecting, aggregating and publishing information about courses. This central aim will be achieved by standardising online course data.
To create a standardised CAP, course data needs to be developed in line with XCRI-CAP XML coding. Using this code will allow data aggregators to automatically harvest key information from the public website. Manual Web publishing processes and limited staff resources within The Courtauld at the time of the project’s initiation mean that the XCRI-CAP framework could not be supported, so a module within an open source CMS will be developed for the University’s course pages. This module will allow database information to be converted in to an XCRI-CAP feed that will be harvestable by aggregators and will also populate the external website.
The development of a CMS module will be of great use as a study in initiating a full cycle of XCRI processes from a zero point to completion.
- Produce an XCRI-CAP feed for all taught courses
- Development of a technological infrastructure that would maximise the quality and conformity of course data
- Produce a Content Management System (CMS) for the ‘degree programmes’ section of the external website, and a module within this CMS that will produce a CAP feed
- Course Data to conform to the European MLO-AD standard
- The transfer of technology, skills and knowledge between the JISC community and the University
Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes
- Increase the number of visitors to the University website by expanding The Courtauld Institute’s online visibility and raising its profile within the sector
- Increase the number, diversity and quality of applicants to its postgraduate degree programmes
- Increase retention rate of students from the point of offer to point of enrolment. Evidence gained from students who drop out between offer and enrolment suggests that more concise and useful data about the courses offered by university would affect this
- Transfer of technology, skills and knowledge from the CMS developer to The Courtauld Institute, consequently affecting the way that the University handles online systems.