The MUSKET-ICIF project is the contribution form Middlesex University to the Course Data Management programme. Recent changes in the education sector have affected the way students search for course related information. Evidently students are increasingly affecting the way course information is created and disseminated. The reduced funding available for higher education intensified the way information is produced, disseminated and filtered. The role of new technologies will be a critical factor in differentiating course providers with an effective marketing strategy against those failing to adapt to the new requirements.

Course Data Stage 2 Middlesex University: MUSKET-ICIF

Summary

The MUSKET-ICIF project is the contribution form Middlesex University to the Course Data Management programme. Recent changes in the education sector have affected the way students search for course related information. Evidently students are increasingly affecting the way course information is created and disseminated. The reduced funding available for higher education intensified the way information is produced, disseminated and filtered. The role of new technologies will be a critical factor in differentiating course providers with an effective marketing strategy against those failing to adapt to the new requirements.

The MUSKET-ICIF project builds on previous experience on using XCRI-CAP for developing course transformation and mapping tools in order to provide the means for comparing course related information. During the first stage the project established an understanding of the university’s readiness with respect to the feasibility of a possible XCRI-CAP initiative deployment. Previous self-assessment on XCRI-CAP at operational levels was enriched with further reflection at more strategic levels, with the input of various stakeholders.

Following the early findings from the project’s first stage, a plan is proposed for investigating the role of XCRI-CAP in producing course data in formats suitable not only for marketing use but for various other operations including, admissions, course administration and management. The second stage of the project is dedicated on the implementation of the initial plan. The project follows an iterative approach that aims at introducing the project deliverables in a number of areas of the university and assessing the effectiveness of an XCRI-CAP feed. The overall aim is to consider possible changes, at strategic level that may better utilise the more effective use of course data. The overall process is likely to establish clear synergies with existing university initiatives such as the Key Information Set (KIS) preparation.

Objectives

There are several examples of how the creation, advertisement and retrieval of course data, affect typical operations at Middlesex University, as identified below. These are common across higher and further education institutions as well as commercial providers. The MUSKET-ICIF project has a number of clear objectives with respect to how XCRI-CAP will be used for supporting such operations:

  • Production of marketing material.
  • Dealing with non-standard course data.  
  • Supporting course data retrieval.
  • Facilitating admissions.
  • Administering course pathways.
  • Enabling direct entries.
  • Aligning learning provider and professional courses.
  • Supporting APCL/APEL decision-making.
  • Dealing with various course types.

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

The project’s scope is to:

  • Provide a specific location for retrieving information relating to Middlesex university courses in format allowing the comparison between Middlesex courses or even with courses from other universities.
  • Improve the way data is organised, filtered and associated with information students are likely to search for.
  • Focus on non-standard courses that are not supported by current aggregators and repositories.

Documents

Final report

Project Staff

Project Manager

Dr Georgios Dafoulas
Middlesex University
School of Engineering & Information Sciences
g.dafoulas@mdx.ac.uk
+442084114402

Project Team

Prof Balbir Barn, b.barn@mdx.ac.uk
Prof Martin Loomes, m.loomes@mdx.ac.uk
Prof Tony Clark, t.n.clark@mdx.ac.uk
Dr Frnaco Raimond, f.raimondi@mdx.ac.uk i
Dr Geetha Abeysinghe, g.abeysinghe@mdx.ac.uk
Dr Yongjun Zheng, Y.Zheng@mdx.ac.uk

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
Project website
Lead institutions
Middlesex University
Topic