Course Data Stage 2 Oxford Brookes University
At Oxford Brookes University we recognise the increasing demand for course data in the UK education system and that access to course data has a significant impact on student choice, domestically and internationally. As stated in the report to HEFCE by the Online Learning Task Force January 2011: “Only with better information can prospective students find what they want, judge value for money and make more accurate decisions about where and how to study. Better information will give institutions competitive edge".
It is for these reasons that we are participating in the JISC Course Data project: Making the most of course information.
We will, during the course of the project, collate and publish course data on all of its award-bearing provision, regardless of duration or mode of study, in a consistent form to enable ease of access and comparison by both internal and external users. This consistency of information and reduction of duplication will give students access to higher quality information and enable the diversity of higher education to be brought into a single source.
In undertaking this we will pay due regard to the KIS data and related developments with a view to ensuring that these data items are also captured in a consistent way and can be included in its core data set of course information.
As part of this, we will develop protocols, standards and templates which will use to extend this approach to non award-bearing courses in due course.
The objectives for the project as agreed by Oxford Brookes University are:
- To establish a standard data set for course information
- To apply this data set across the University to existing and new courses
- To refine its core systems in order to establish a comprehensive central repository for all course data, subject to appropriate quality assurance and controls
- To enable, through use of a data mart, the export and publication of course data from this central repository to a variety of end users and other systems
- To adopt XCRI-CAP as the means by which data is exported to specific destinations
- To fully evaluate the approach to standardisation and publication of data in order to inform future policy and practice.
Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes
- Data Templates: Standardised approach to collecting comprehensive course data
- Enhanced Data Repository: A central data store for course information, building on existing systems and practice, but extending the range of information held and associated data processing to generate required outcomes
- Skills and Knowledge: Effective knowledge development and transfer to ensure sustainability
- Evaluation Report: A full evaluation of the project and its deliverables with recommendations for the future
- Understanding data structures and ability to interface with / export to range of other systems: An up-to-date data map of all our systems along with data flow diagrams showing the interaction of our systems
- Adrian Kent, Oxford Brookes University, OB Information Solutions 01865 483303, firstname.lastname@example.org