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Progress to Date – May 2012

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We have been working on the CRIATE project for five months now (not counting the work that started internally before the JISC funding) and we have achieved a lot: A full progress report is published on the Documentation tab above.

Our main achievements so far have been:

  • Module templates available for entering module data
  • College of Humanities’ (HUMS) 2012/13 module data entered and feeding to their intranet
  • College of Social Sciences and International Studies’ (SSIS) 2012/13 module data entered
  • College of Life and Environmental Sciences’ (CLES) 2011/12 and 2010/11 module data is nearly all entered
  • End users trained on iPaMS from HUMS, SSIS and CLES

The next month is going to be extremely busy for the project team. We are planning to:

  • Finalise and test the programme template for 2012/13 data
  • Start entering 2012/13 programme data for HUMS, SSIS and CLES
  • Migrate archive programme and module data from HUMS’s and SSIS’s old database
  • Finalise the design for a feed from iPaMS to our various institutional websites (for prospective and current students)
  • Continue designing the online workflow for programme and module approval

We are also planning for a pilot integration with SITS (later this summer). We are already able to display the module diet of a programme in iPaMS (sourced from SITS), but we also want to be able to push data into SITS from iPaMS. The pilot will most likely focus on module information, as this is relatively simple with little dependency on data from other sources. If it is successful, this will open the doors to more data flowing from iPaMS, which will help cut down on administrative tasks and the risk of mis-keying data.

Keep checking our blog, as we will update on each of the tasks above over the next few weeks.


Project Manager Introduction

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Hello, my name is Sam Daly and I am the Project Manager for the CRIATE project. I only joined the University on 3rd January and the sheer speed with which we are already progressing has taken some getting used to! Previous to Exeter, I worked for a local authority on mobile IT projects, and before this I worked for a number of years in IT sales.

Our approach to the project is helped by the fact that the University is organised into Colleges, each with their own existing course information database, so we are bringing them over one at a time to our new iPaMS system. However this is complicated by other existing deadlines and pressures that we will have to work around, so it’s not always up to us when we can do things.

Overall the project currently looks quite healthy and I think we have a good team in place to keep the momentum up. It’s a really exciting project, not particularly from a technical point of view, but from an angle of business benefits; we have never before had all our course related information in one place and we will be able to use this to the University’s benefit.

We’re nearly there with all our introductions, so please keep posted for more project-specific updates on our blog soon. Why not subscribe to our RSS feed and get all our updates delivered to your inbox?