This project seeks to develop a Moodle block which uses the institution’s XCRI-CAP feed to automatically signpost students to relevant additional learning opportunities within the institution. Signposting will be based on the current course name and relevant key words such as the “subject” field and the “type” available as mandatory and optional fields within the schema.

Moodle Block

This project seeks to develop a Moodle block which uses the institution’s XCRI-CAP feed to automatically signpost students to relevant additional learning opportunities within the institution. Signposting will be based on the current course name and relevant key words such as the “subject” field and the “type” available as mandatory and optional fields within the schema.

The Moodle block will seek to determine relevant learning opportunities available for student who are currently on under graduate provision and who will be seeking post graduate provision. The College would additionally seek to develop this Moodle block to allow other types of progression
such as from further education to higher education and CPD opportunities as they would be available within the XCRI-CAP feed for the institution. The Moodle block will also seek to allow students to search for learning opportunities and display more detail about relevant opportunities at
the institution.

Project Objectives

The overall objective of this project is as follows:

  • To enable students to be better informed through the provision of easy to see additional study opportunities that may be available to them within their current institution and provide suggestions of the most relevant and appropriate information through the use of standardised course information through appropriate and existing information channels.

This objective will be achieved through the following focused objectives:

  • The creation of a Moodle block, in conjunction with ULCC, which highlights the progression opportunities available within the institution in relation to both postgraduate courses and higher education courses.
  • To ensure students are able to access additional and relevant information from this block if they wish to find out more information.
  • Dissemination of the development via events of the TIC project
  • To determine which fields from XCRI-CAP should be used (ie subject, type)
  • To ensure the project is managed appropriately with sound proposals, clear specifications and value for money are achieved.

Project Summary

This project aims to build upon, and make use of, the existing work the College is undertaking within both the XCRI-CAP JISC funded project, “Making the Most of Course Information – Stage 2: Technical, Interface and Content Domains” (TIC) and also within Blended Learning.


The College is currently 6 months into the 14 month project that will see the implementation of the XCRI-CAP feed within the organisation and furthermore the delivery of a website which will utilise the feeds produced within this project by specialist Art and Design institutions to create a specialist website for students which promotes the uniqueness and quality of provision that is on offer at these institutions.

During this period the College’s blended learning team are leading the College through a significant upgrade of its Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) from Moodle V1.9 to V2.3. This significant upgrade has provided the opportunity for the College to refocus its online services and a range of addition Moodle developments are being planned for the future.

The opportunity provided by this invitation to tender (ITT) allows the commencement of the development of a key area which can be supported through the VLE, the production of a Moodle block which will allow current students to be presented with relevant additional opportunities for study available at the institution. Relevant opportunities for study will be identified through the use of “key words” (e.g. subject and type fields)

This development is particularly relevant where students may be wishing to progress from undergraduate course to postgraduate study as the College has relatively recently commenced the delivery of a number of postgraduate courses students may not be fully aware of. The College will also seek this development to allow the inclusion of undergraduate courses. This will allow the College to maximise the use of the XCRI-CAP in order to provide internal undergraduate opportunities to Further Education students who are currently studying at the College. This will again be based on “key words” collected through the XCRI-CAP schema.

The development of a Moodle block, through this funded project, will also allow the opportunity for other institutions to benefit from this tool as it will be released to the community as a development as would be expected within the Moodle community as the system is open source.

In order to complete this work the College will seek to continue its relationship with the University of London Computing Centre (ULCC) who are currently undertaking work for the College as part of the TIC project. Added benefits of this will relate to the familiarity ULCC will have with the XCRI-CAP schema. Also the College will have a working, validated feed by this point as part of TIC which can be used for the demonstrator.

Dissemination for this project will, in addition to the manner determined by the JISC programme manager, also be made through the symposium event planned for the existing project end in March 2013.

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Project Staff

Project manager:
  • Elaine Garcia, Head of Human and Digital Learning Environments, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AT egarcia@plymouthart.ac.uk

 

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Summary
Start date
6 March 2012
End date
1 March 2013
Funding programme
e-Learning programme
Strand
Demonstrators
Project website
Lead institutions

Plymouth College of Art

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