Course Data Stage 2 University of Kent
This project is part of a group of projects, funded by JISC to bring HEIs into compliance with the UK standard for supplying course information. The eXchanging Course Related Information standard is a UK standard. Kent course data, compliant with this standard, will be used internally to feed online and published prospectuses and for a range of other purposes including providing data for Key Information Sets (KIS) and for the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
Increasingly prospective students expect detailed information on the courses offered by Further and Higher Education institutions. With fees set to rise to higher levels, students want to be able to access course information in an easily understandable and consistent form which they can use to compare with the offer of other competing institutions. Kent will enable this by ensuring its published prospectuses are compliant with the XCRI standard and by creating an open data feed of our course data which can be re-used and re-purposed by third parties such as comparison websites.
The project also aims to improve course information workflows within the university, to rationalise data storage, to eradicate outdated data structures and to reduce the need for resource heavy, wasteful tasks such as re-keying and data conversion.
The Kent XCRI project will achieve its aims through a set of work packages which will review current systems, gather requirements - which will be agreed with stakeholders - and implement the changes. The project is collaboration between the Information Services Web Development Team and Enrolment Management Services.
Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes
- A publicly available, regularly updated, XCRI compliant feed of Kent course data
- The introduction of a cool URI structure for Kent data
- Improved workflow for the Programmes Factory, the Modules Catalogue and the Student Data System
- An improved Quality Assurance process for course and module information
- Improved data structures and storage
- Improved visibility of Kent course data leading to:
- improved course marketing opportunities (eg Comparison sites)
- a better understanding of the XCRI structure for the university’s developers and other staff