In parallel with the Coursedata: Making the most of course information programme HEFCE is also co-ordinating the Key Information Set (KIS). The Key Information Set is the result of a HEFCE consultation on public information about HE. XCRI-CAP can be extended to include other data including KIS elements, and JISC work is beginning to focus on this.

Extending XCRI-CAP with KIS data

In parallel with the Coursedata: Making the most of course information programme HEFCE is also co-ordinating the Key Information Set (KIS). The Key Information Set is the result of a HEFCE consultation on public information about HE. XCRI-CAP can be extended to include other data including KIS elements, and JISC work is beginning to focus on this.

This project will join up the XCRI-CAP and KIS data sets to provide meaningful and practical outputs. Specifically, it will: link KIS data to XCRI-CAP data as part of a ‘Course Discoverer’ service to retrieve courses by KIS data and/or course data; link KIS data to XCRI-CAP data and produce extended XCRI-CAP feeds for use by further XCRI-CAP/KIS enabled services.

Background Information

In parallel with the Coursedata: Making the most of course information programme HEFCE is also co-ordinating the Key Information Set (KIS). The Key Information Set is the result of a HEFCE consultation on public information about HE. Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts, said:

'Improving information for prospective students is a priority for the Government, and is a key part of our plans for higher education. We want empowered students to make their study choices based on better, more transparent information.'

The consultation found that institutions should standardise the way they publish key pieces of information about each course they offer. Their research showed that the KIS should include indicators of student satisfaction, information about the different teaching, learning and assessment methods used on the course, fees and accommodation costs. The KIS is an aggregation of disparate information from a range of sources, and is more than just course-level information - it also contains institutional-level data (such as accommodation costs), and historic subject-level data (such as NSS scores). In its basic form XCRI-CAP does NOT cover these elements, but does provide a structure for accurately describing the courses identified in the KIS. XCRI-CAP can be extended to include other data including KIS elements, and JISC work is beginning to focus on this.[1]

The consultation found that institutions should standardise the way they publish key pieces of information about each course they offer. Their research showed that the KIS should include indicators of student satisfaction, information about the different teaching, learning and assessment methods used on the course, fees and accommodation costs. The KIS is an aggregation of disparate information from a range of sources, and is more than just course-level information - it also contains institutional-level data (such as accommodation costs), and historic subject-level data (such as NSS scores). In its basic form XCRI-CAP does NOT cover these elements, but does provide a structure for accurately describing the courses identified in the KIS. XCRI-CAP can be extended to include other data including KIS elements, and JISC work is beginning to focus on this.[1]

This project will join up the XCRI-CAP and KIS data sets to provide meaningful and practical outputs. Specifically, it will link KIS information to XCRI-CAP courses to allow the KIS information to be used as part of course searching, and how KIS elements can be added to an XCRI-CAP to produce extended ‘value-add’ feeds.

Project Methodology

In order to deliver within the rapid timeframe and budget for this project we intend to adopt an agile approach. The agile methodology allows for iterative development in consultation with partners and with the target community.

The project will begin by producing prototypes that will be refined through a number of ‘critical review’ iterations to draw out the key requirements and functionality. Further iterations will then evolve the prototypes into a fully functional application. The application will be built on an iterative and incremental basis including further demonstrations, testing and reviews. This allows users to gain visibility of development and helps direct subsequent development in line with changing or evolving requirements.

The project will also support open innovation and an ‘open floor’ period to work with the target community to further test, review and develop the application. Throughout the process the project team will provide guidance and facilitation to ensure a controlled balance between flexibility and delivery.

Code repository

https://github.com/igsl/XCRIwithKIS

 

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Summary
Start date
6 August 2012
End date
1 April 2013
Funding programme
e-Learning programme
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InGenius Solutions Ltd


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