The XCRI Knowledge Base was revamped in September 2011, in response to a JISC-funded review of the XCRI Self-assessment Framework and supporting materials, as a first step in JISC's Course Data Programme. Changes were also made to the XCRI Self-assessment Framework.
- An overhaul of the home page and principal navigation routes, so that it is easier for users to find relevant information.
- Addition of articles that relate the Key Information Set (KIS) initiative and the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) initiative to XCRI.
- Review and amendment of the business case and institutional implementation articles to reflect more recent experience.
- More links to recent information.
- Brief abstracts for the Case Studies, so that users can get an impression of usefulness, prior to reading the whole study.
- Better search facility.
- Better news facility.
About the XCRI Knowledge Base
The XCRI Knowledge Base was created in response to requests from educational institutions to JISC for a single source of information on XCRI - the information model and schema recommended by the national Information Standards Board in January 2009 as the UK eProspectus standard.
It builds on the inaugural work of the JISC Centre for Educational Technology and Interoperability Standards (CETIS) team in creating the xcri.org facility to introduce XCRI to technical staff in educational institutions, particularly those concerned with standards and support them in its implementation. The XCRI Knowledge Base additionally provides information to staff other than technical, on what XCRI is, what it offers educational institutions at policy and managerial level as well as technical level advice and guidance on how it can be implemented. The facility also links to a self-assessment tool - the XCRI Self-assessment Framework - for use by staff in HEIs and FECs, the XCRI development wiki and discussion forum.
The XCRI Knowledge Base was developed through funding from JISC Benefits Realisation fund 2010, and drew on the expertise and experience of the XCRI originators, developers and implementers of XCRI, involving a wide range of educational organisations across the country, both individual organisations and consortia, as well as course collecting and publishing organisations. The content was informed by the experience, knowledge and understanding of XCRI developments and implementors, as well as though workshops, eSeminars and dialogues.
XCRI Knowledge Base Team
Erica Jones, Director, Liverpool City of Learning, a partnership of the universities and education organisations in Liverpool, working closely with employers. Led the creation and delivery of the XCRI-based CPD Noticeboard, and initiator of the University of Liverpool led Culture Campus Liverpool CPD portal project (CCLiP) based on XCRI, working with culture sector employers. (XCRI Knowledge Base Project Manager role).
Alan Paull, information management consultant, APS Ltd and member of the original team that created and developed XCRI and XCRI-CAP. Works with education providers and course information collecting organisations across the country, advising on XCRI implementation, in addition to assisting in the briefing of government, EU and other partners. (Producer of and adviser to the Knowledge Base and Self-assessment Framework. Alan is also a member of the XCRI originator and developer team).
Kirstie Coolin, eBusiness Analyst for the University of Nottingham’s Centre for International ePortfolio Development. Works with institutions and course collection organisations in the East Midlands region developing XCRI exports and imports and raising awareness amongst a wide range of partners. More information can be found here http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolio/xcri. (User adviser and steerage role)
Joanne Charlesworth, Information, Advice and Guidance Manager, West Yorkshire Lifelong Learning Network, based at The University of Huddersfield; lead role within the region for raising awareness of XCRI and supporting implementation in several institutions through both JISC and WYLLN funded projects. Worked with HEIs, FECs, Regional Development Agency, Business Link and Commercial Training Providers. (User adviser and steerage role)
Scott Wilson, Assistant Director of the Centre for Educational Technology and Interoperability Standards (CETIS) based at the University of Bolton. He has very wide experience in the areas of specification and standards development and distributed system architecture. Scott is the lead technical contributor to the XCRI project - developed the initial xcri.org site, which provided the foundation for the XCRI Knowledge Base. (Scott is also a member of the XCRI originator and developer team)
Richard Entwistle, InGenius Solutions Ltd, IT & Development Consultancy, constructed the XCRI Self-assessment Framework, a self-assessment tool for use by staff in education organisations.
Stuart Wood was an Applications Developer for the University of Nottingham and worked with institutions and course collecting organisations throughout the East Midlands. He has helped develop XCRI exports and imports and continues to help raise awareness of the XCRI standard. Stuart now (from June 2011) works for the University of Leicester.
Ruth Drysdale, lead JISC contact, eLearning Programme Manager for the Institutional Innovation in Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development programme and responsible for eAdministration, which supports Teaching and Learning, including oversight of the XCRI Support Project based at the University of Bolton.