The JISC funded project, ‘Course Data: making the most of course information – Stage 2’, is a unique institution-wide collaboration involving central services and the Faculty of Health & Social Care, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who are working in partnership to collect course data for analysis with the aim of developing a single framework for the generation of XCRI-CAP feeds for part-time, postgraduate and online courses.

Course Data Stage 2 Edge Hill University

The JISC funded project, ‘Course Data: making the most of course information – Stage 2’, is a unique institution-wide collaboration involving central services and the Faculty of Health & Social Care, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who are working in partnership to collect course data for analysis with the aim of developing a single framework for the generation of XCRI-CAP feeds for part-time, postgraduate and online courses.

Following completion of the XRCI-CAP Self-Assessment Framework in the Course Data Project – Stage 1, three clear phases of development for delivery of Stage 2 were identified, including data collection and analysis, creation and implementation of the emerging framework, and project evaluation and report writing.

Phase 1 is primarily concerned with data trawling and a systematic analysis of the current course information and advertising methods deployed. The three faculties will collectively report on their findings leading to development of an agreed university-wide framework (including process, procedures, role and responsibilities).

Phase 2 involves all three faculties simultaneously implementing the emerging framework recommended in Phase 1, with new course information being provided in the common format XCRI-CAP, developed by the IT services department.

Phase 3 involves the formulation of an evaluation report on the impact of the framework, the XCRI-CAP feeds on institutional marketing / advertising methods, and external aggregators will be composed in accordance with the JISC requirements. The report will assist Edge Hill University in facilitating efficient internet sharing of course data.

In short, the university-wide project is being conducted in three phases during the JISC specified time of January 2012 to March 2013. Extensive data gathering and analysis will influence an emerging organisational framework. This will assist Edge Hill University in efficiently and effectively providing future course data in the XCRI-CAP format, similarly to other HEIs in the sector, to meet the increase demands on course information.

Objectives

Phase 1

  • Faculties to complete a data collection and analysis of their course information.
  • Production of a collaborative report on the emerging themes and recommendations.
  • Development of a single organisational framework (including process, procedures, roles and responsibilities).
  • Creation of dictionary of course identifiers

Phase 2

  • Implementation of the framework developed in Phase 1
  • Delivery of a number of staff consultation sessions and workshops for populating the necessary data set on courses for XCRI-CAP feed creation
  • Production of a workflow process for development of XCRI-CAP feeds for the faculties
  • Corporate Marketing and IT Services to produce a process plan for feeding external aggregators.

Phase 3

  • Production of an evaluation report on the impact of the framework and measures of success in external aggregators using the XCRI-CAP feed.

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

  • XCRI feed of Edge Hill University courses: The production of an XCRI formatted feed of Continuous Professional Development, Online, and Post Graduate courses available at a “Cool URL”, created from a number of multiple data sources.
  • Changes to institutional processes: The embedding of new, and streamlining of existing institutional processes to facilitate the collection of course marketing information.
  • Course identifiers: Creation of a course identifier dictionary to allow information in multiple places to be linked.
  • Focus on course marketing: Through the use of internal workshops, the importance of course marketing information will be demonstrated to academic staff, in addition to the guidance on how such information is of use

Documents

Final report

Project Staff

Project Manager
  • Ken Sumner, Edge Hill University, Technology Enhanced Learning Department, Faculty of Health, 01695 65 7168 sumnerk@edgehill.ac.uk
Project Team

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

Edge Hill University

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