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eXchanging Course Related Information The UK
eProspectus standard
  • 27 March 2009, Leeds, UK

XCRI - Save time and money promoting your college
and university courses Linking London Lifelong
Learning Network
Alan Paull, alan_at_alanpaull.co.uk Information
Management Consultant, APS Ltd More information
http//www.xcri.co.uk/ And thanks to Professor
Mark Stubbs at MMU for some of the slides.
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Introducing XCRI
  • The whys, hows and whats of XCRI
  • Current position across UK education
    organisations
  • National and European drivers
  • The business case benefits
  • How to get started

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Informed Choice
  • Many prospective students do not get adequate
    advice or information to help them choose a
    course of study Browne, Oct 2010
  • In our 2008 report, we suggested that
    universities should publish a standard set of
    information setting out what students can expect
    from their academic programme we are pleased to
    see that the coalition government will be taking
    this forward National Student Forum, Annual
    Report 2010
  • The consultation proposes that providers of
    higher education should review their approach to
    publishing information for prospective students.
    It suggests that a standardised set of key facts
    for each course should be published on
    institutions web-sites. This information would
    be called the Key Information Set (KIS) HEFCE,
    Dec 2010

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Informed Choice not a new agenda!
Next Steps Course Directory
National Learning Directory
unistats
Training Access Points
Pickup
EducationUK
UCAS Course Search
Lifelong Learning Networks
14-19 Area Prospectuses
learndirect
Aimhigher
Ortelius
Ploteus
ECCTIS
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History
2005 JISC fund XCRI Reference Model project. Team review international standards, e-prospectus websites (161) site visits R1.0 XCRI schema.
2006 XCRI tools prototyped XCRIgtPDF brochures ReST Xpath search. Existing deployment reviewed optimised XCRI CAP 1.0 released. JISC fund XCRI CAP 1.0 trials, demo aggregator xcri.org support
2007 DfES and Becta briefed. XCRI adopted as preferred approach by LSC. Bolton, OU, Oxford, MMU Staffs CAP feeds read by demo aggregator. CEN WS-LT vendor meetings for European MLO harmonization begin.
2008 JISC funds CAP 1.1 pilots. XCRI champion elected to DIUS/DCSF ISB. GMSA, Edge Hill, W Cheshire, Kent XCRI feeds. CEN WS-LT Agreement on MLO gt European Norm E Mid, Huddersfield, Teesside, Worcester start XCRI projects.
2009 DCSFs Action Plan for 14-19 Prospectus recommends adoption in 14-19 sector by 2010. ISB approves XCRI-CAP 1.1 as national eProspectus standard. E Mids 14-19 Pilot non-JISC-funded work continues.
2010 Recommendations to DCSF. Devt of XCRI-CAP 1.2. Mini-projects Bolton, Cardiff (UWIC), Hull, Huddersfield, Newcastle, Nottingham. MLO European Norm expected to be ratified. XCRI Benefits Realisation project (August 2010).
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XCRI is ...
about eXchanging Course Related Information
a way of describing information about learning
opportunities
.
the UK standard for describing course marketing
information
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XCRI is about ...
definitions
structure
names
providers advertise courses courses are
presented for enrolment any number of times
through presentations presentations instantiate
courses
A presentation is a particular instance of the
course offered at a particular time and place and
is the entity to which learners apply.
Alternative names for this type of structure
include course offering and course instance.
specification
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Schema
Catalog _at_generated
Provider identifier, title, subject,
description, relation, url, image, address
Course identifier, title, subject,
description, relation, url, image,
qualification, credit
Presentation identifier, title, subject,
description, relation, url, image, start, end,
duration, studyMode, attendanceMode,
attendancePattern, languageOfInstruction,
languageOfAssessment, placesAvailable, cost,
enquireTo, applyFrom, applyUntil, applyTo,
entryProfile, entryRequirements, venue
multiples permitted
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XCRI does ...
Collect once ...
... use many times
Learning Providers system
Information in XCRI-CAP format
Course information system(s)
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Transforming advertising relationships
Provider re-keys pushes for each aggregator
Learning Provider
Web Prospectus
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National drivers
Jobs
Careers
Department for Children, Schools and Families
Qualifications
Standards
Information Standards Board
Interoperability
JISC
Learners
XCRI-enabled services
Learning provider community
primitive data entry
Informed choice
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Projects, past and present
Reid Kerr C
Adam Smith C
Newcastle Uni
Bolton Uni
Higher York LLN
WYLLN (Huddersfield)
MMU
Hull Uni
Edge Hill Uni
E Mids, incl Leap Ahead LLN, SSC LLN, Uni of
Nottingham
Liverpool CCLiP
Open University
GMSA
West Cheshire C
MOVE LLN (Herts)
Staffordshire Uni
Middlesex Uni
HW LLN (Uni of Worcester)
UCAS
Uni of Kent
Cardiff, UWIC
Bristol, UWE
Oxford Uni
Plymouth Uni
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Business Case provider perspectives
  • From XCRI Knowledge Base (www.xcri.co.uk)
  • "XCRI has had a significant impact on systems
    effectiveness and has saved us time and money in
    the production and distribution of our course
    marketing information."  Fiona Carey, Assistant
    Director, Communications, Student Services, The
    Open University
  • XCRI and CAP has led us in many fruitful
    directions, including geospatial mapping, mobile
    portals, and re-examining internal data. Most
    important, however, was the stimulation and
    exemplar it continues to offer in the use of open
    and linked data.
  • Sebastian Rahtz, Information and Support Group
    Manager, Oxford University Computing Services

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Business Case Summary
  • Learning Providers
  • internal efficiency gains through process
    improvements
  • cost savings on data input
  • strategic capability through better understanding
    of its offerings
  • quality assurance, standardisation, and
    consolidation of duplicate offerings
  • Course Collecting Organisations
  • availability of more providers
  • better quality more frequent update, better
    coverage, greater accuracy, better integrated
    supply chain
  • new value-added services

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How to get started
  • XCRI Knowledge Base
  • http//www.xcri.co.uk/
  • XCRI Self-assessment Framework
  • http//xcrisaf.igsl.co.uk/
  • XCRI Technical
  • http//www.xcri.org/
  • XCRI Wiki
  • http//www.xcri.org/wiki/
  • XCRI Forum
  • http//www.xcri.org/forum/

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eXchanging Course Related Information The new UK
eProspectus standard
  • 27 March 2009, Leeds, UK

The End
XCRI eXchanging Course Related Information CAP
Course Advertising Profile
Alan Paull, alan_at_alanpaull.co.uk Information
Management Consultant, APS Ltd More information
http//www.xcri.co.uk/
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