Course data: making the most out of your course information

Episode 11: Course data: Making the most out of your course information

9th April 2013

(Duration: 21:03)

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In this episode of Jisc On Air, Course Data: making the most of  your course information Kim Catcheside speaks with representatives from HESA and HEFCE about course data and the importance of better course information for the higher education sector and for individual universities and colleges.

Richard Puttock, Head of Data Management at HEFCE, talks about the key information set (KIS) and the Unistats website what this initiative is trying to achieve and how it sits alongside Jisc’s work and the eXchanging Course Related Information – Course Advertising Profile (XCRI-CAP) standard.

Andy Youell, Director of standards and development for the Higher Education Statistics Agency is in no doubt that the adoption of consistent data standards will help universities and colleges make better business decisions.

Clear course data helps students compare courses and make informed choices. Kim meets staff and students at the Plymouth College of Art to talk about a joint initiative using detailed information to help art and design students find their ideal course.

Kim also speaks to Gill Ferrel from the Jisc Course Data programme to find out more about course data, about joining up information and making it shareable and how initiatives such as KIS and the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) work alongside XCRI-CAP standard and the work of Jisc projects.

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Find out more about the link between XCRI-CAP, KIS and HEAR

Explore the XCRI website to find out more about the standard, the technical details and the benefits it offers to universities and colleges.

The HEA have a  website giving technical advice on the HEAR  there is also an information page on the Jisc website.

Hefce have a useful page on the key information set (KIS)  as well as detailed information on the HESA website

For further information on JISC’s activity in this area visit:

Listen to short  interviews with universities and colleges to find out about their experiences of course data management and implementing XCRI-CAP.  

Read more about Jisc’s current work on course data on the Jisc website.

Explore our crib sheet on improving student recruitment, there is also a short briefing paper on sharing and managing your course data effectively using XCRI-CAP and a longer research paper on the drivers behind the growing importace of course information.

 

 

Driving change in assessment and feedback

Episode 10: Driving change in assessment and feedback

(Duration: 22.26)

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In episode ten of Jisc On Air, Driving change in assessment and feedback Kim Catcheside explores how using technology in assessment and feedback is improving the learning experience for all students as well as contributing to improved graduate employability.

The University of Exeter, Cornwall College and the Institution of Education share their insight into simple ways that existing technology can support learners and improve assessment and feedback to ensure graduates are ready for the workplace.

Moving away from an over reliance on traditional essay writing and freeing up academics to be creative with their course assessment and feedback through using tools such as blogs, podcasts and social networking are just a few of the ways that we can improve learner experience.

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Collaborate project – if you are interested in finding out more about the radial diagram and ‘Top Trumps Cards’ visit the project blog.

Read more debate on authentic assesment as part of the Guardian live text debate with contributions from Richard Osborne, from the Collaborate project.

For further information on JISC’s activity in this area visit

Explore the assesment and feedback pages within The Design Studio a Jisc resource to support improvements in curriculum design and delivery. There are also a selection of assesment and feedback webinars available.

Read more about Jisc’s current work on assesment and feedback as well as Jisc’s previous work on assessment on the Jisc website.

Download our free guide to Effective Assessment in a Digital Age

Delivering free online courses: how open can we be?

Episode 9: Delivering free online courses: how open can we be?  (Duration: 21:05)

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In episode nine of JISC’s learning and teaching radio programme, we hear from some of those on the forefront of new approaches to online open learning. From open educational resources to massively open online courses (MOOCs) and beyond, we focus in particular on two free online photography courses based at Coventry University – speaking in depth to course leaders Jonathan Worth and Shaun Hides alongside other staff and students.

Kim Catcheside also interviews a range of expert commentators on open education: Martin Weller from the Open University, Allison Littlejohn from Glasgow Caledonian University and David Kernohan from JISC.  This analysis puts the pioneering work  of Coventry University into a historical and international context: in terms of the place of open education in academia, the initial experiments with connectivist courses in Canada and the recent growth of initiatives like Udacity and MITx.

For further information on JISC’s activity in this area visit:

Find out more about open educational resources with the JISC Open Educational Resources InfoKit

What is a MOOC? : Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are in the news currently, with MIT, Stanford and several private providers providing free, open online courses. Find out more about them by listening to a recording of our recent webbinar on MOOCs.

Edinburgh’s online course deal: University of Edinburgh’s vice principal shares why the university will now be offering their own online courses

Where there’s MOOC, there’s brass?: A JISC blog post that explores the possibility of MOOCs as a business model.  

Or contact David Kernohan, programme manager for open educational resources.

Curriculum change: designing for the future

Episode 8: Curriculum change: designing for the future (Duration: 23:29)

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In episode eight of our online radio programmes – we are exploring curriculum design and the role technology plays in supporting changes to organisational practices and processes.  The focus is on the different approaches to curriculum change and engaging stakeholders of two universitiesinvolved in the JISC Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design programme – Birmingham City University (BCU) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

Kim Catcheside talks to staff and students at both universities about their experiences.  This includes an interview with Sonia Hendy-Isaac, a senior lecturer at Birmingham City University who explains how the T-SPARC project has been developing a framework which facilitates better dialogue and transparency around course design and approval to enable more agile and responsive curricula.  Kim also talks to Professor Mark Stubbs, Head of Learning and Research Technologies at Manchester Metropolitan University about transformational changes to the curriculum there and the role of Supporting Responsive Curricula project in supporting this.   Project Manager, Peter Bird, discusses how some of these system and process changes are enabling academic staff to focus more on teaching and Professor Kevin Bonnet, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, explains the business imperative for change at the institution.

For further information on JISC’s work in this area visit:

Developing digital literacies for working in a digital world

Episode 7: Developing digital literacies for working in a digital world (Duration: 15:48)

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Digital Literacy – delivering the agenda within colleges and universities

Episode 6: Delivering Digital Literacy- delivering the agenda within colleges and universities (Duration: 21:34)

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JISC Online Conference explores learning in transition

Episode 5: JISC Online Conference explores learning in transition. (Duration: 23:56)

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Efficiencies, enhancements and transformation: how technology can deliver

Episode 4: Efficiencies, enhancements and transformation: how technology can deliver. (Duration: 23:56)

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Improving Student Retention

Episode 3: Meeting students needs to improve retention (Duration: 18:17)

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Online Distance Learning

Is online distance learning a real solution for today’s higher education funding, capacity and recruitment issues?

This latest edition of JISC On Air looks at some of the issues associated with creating sustainable and effective online distance learning. The show highlights the value of engaging students and enhancing the learning experience through online learning tools such as podcasts and virtual worlds.

Episode 2: Online Distance Learning (Duration: 24:04)
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