The development and uptake of XCRI-CAP has been a relatively slow burn. As it gains momentum, engagement with key staff (particularly senior management) is starting to become less of a problem, but can still be difficult. Check out the XCRI-CAP Users pages to see some of the valuable ways a single XCRI-CAP feed can be used. The presentations linked below about XCRI-CAP can also be used to explain the benefits of a feed.
Tied up with engagement issues are also problems of resource: particularly technical resource. On our specs and schemas pages you can find all the technical documentation for implementing XCRI-CAP, and we are happy to give informal advice of less than a day without charge.
If you are implementing a PG feed we can also give 2 to 3 days free of charge via the PG Rollout project. Contact us for more information.
Clear communication between technical and non-technical staff is key to creating a feed which meets the requirements of the standard as well as those of the institution. The summary spreadsheet (available on the Specs and Schemas pages) can be a useful short hand to explain to non-technical staff some of the information requirements. We highly recommend taking the time to ensure that everyone on the team implementing the feed fully understands the benefits and limitations.
Although it has been designed to be as flexible as possible, for some organisations the structure of XCRI-CAP does not fit easily. Each case is individual, but there are generally relatively straightforward solutions. The Open University's feed is a good example as it contains, UG and PG qualifications and modules as well as CPD courses, all delivered with relatively atypical presentations (distance learning, flexible start and end dates, and so on).
For more help working with XCRI-CAP's structure contact us.
In almost 10 years of working with XCRI-CAP there are certain issues which come up time and again, and rarely are the really awkward ones technical.