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Module Templates

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One part of the project we are focusing on at the moment is to start archiving module data. To be able to do this we need all the descriptor templates that have been used over the previous years, to be created in iPaMS. With help from the faculty office we have located all seven of these descriptors. With agreement from the project board we will initially be working on archiving only data up to 08/09, however we have worked on adding older module descriptors in case we need to archive further back.

So far in iPaMS we have 3 module descriptors. First is the new 12/13 module descriptor which Humanities have been working on for their new module data. The second descriptor is known as the “DWAiPaMS” descriptor. As mentioned in the previous post “ Humanities Update” we moved 11/12 data from the 11/12 descriptor into iPaMS and put it into the 12/13 format to help Humanities work on their 12/13 data. The third descriptor we have is known as “Phase 1 descriptor”; this was used to import 10/11 data from the phase 1 project of iPaMS.

Module Template

We are now working on making a few more descriptors in iPaMS that will allow us to start archiving College data. The first descriptor we need is a “DWAI descriptor”. DWAI is the system used by both Humanities and SSIS (Social Science and International Studies). One problem with this system is the data does not follow the standard descriptor format made by faculty office that the other Colleges follow. In fact, DWAI holds only one template that has been used throughout the years, as far back as 03/04. This means we will need a whole template dedicated to DWAI which will allow all data to be imported onto this one template from both SSIS and Humanities.

We have also worked out we need three more templates to be held in iPaMS, one each for 06/07, the revised 06-08 and the 08-12. The changes between the templates are only slight, such as merging/ splitting of fields, but to be able to archive the data correctly these templates need to be made separate.

The next step, once all the templates are made in iPaMS, is to bring the archived data in from Humanities and SSIS and then start work on copying and pasting CLES’ (College of Life and Environmental Science) data in by hand, as their modules are all held on word/pdf. We will then look into importing data from the Business School and EMPS (Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Science) as they each have separate databases.


Welcome to the CRIATE Project!

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Welcome to the blog for the JISC funded CRIATE Project! This is where our progress can be followed during the project’s life cycle. There will be regular and informative updates from the whole project team, as well as postings of key documents and other related outputs.

By way of explanation, the CRIATE (Course Related Information AT Exeter) project is part of a wider JISC initiative related to making the most of course data.  CRIATE sits alongside 62 other projects in Stage 2 of the programme and is scheduled to run from January 2012 until March 2013.

CRIATE will build upon previous work by the JISC funded iPaMS (Integrated Programme and Module System) project, which developed a generic toolkit to allow the production, management and publication of programme and module information. The CRIATE project extends an existing, internally funded, project, which is developing a production course information database, based on the iPaMS schema, and gathering undergraduate course information from a variety of sources.

The CRIATE project will review the existing manual processes relating to course information, with the aim of introducing online programme and module approval, integrated with the course information database. From a technical perspective, the project will, in addition, review and extend the iPaMS database schema and specifications to address the requirements of Key Information Sets (KIS) and develop a process for the production of XCRI-CAP COOL URI compliant data feeds. This will also require the collation of course descriptions (numbering several hundred) relating to postgraduate, continuing professional development (CPD) and distance learning courses, in addition to undergraduate learning opportunities (with over 2,600 module descriptors currently identified).  As a result, the CRIATE project will deliver additions and amendments to the previously published iPaMS toolkit, made available at SourceForge.

In addition to the technical and process improvements, the CRIATE project is to review and update the governance and policies relating to course information and its supply to third parties. Furthermore, the opportunity will be taken to review requirements for the use of particular subsets of course data, particularly the various short courses on offer from the University of Exeter Business School, with the aim of identifying further uses of XCRI-CAP data.

That’s the project, in summary!  The project team is assembled, the work is under way and we are looking forward to getting to grips with more effective management of course data, and all the challenges that it will bring.  We also look forward to working with the other projects in the programme, and meeting their members at the various programme meetings.

Ian Tilsed
Project Director