Introduction to Implementation Models
XCRI-CAP is designed for two primary purposes for which planning and implementation of process improvements are key:
For publication of course advertising information for consumption by the learner without re-formatting or further classification, in a manner similar to an RSS feed;
For data exchange between learning providers and data collection organisations, for example between UCAS and its member institutions.
The management processes and information flows for these two purposes might not be aligned within the learning provider's systems, and each provider may place greater emphasis on one or other purpose. Furthermore the provider may be able to make internal use of things serving the first process, for instance in populating its own websites.
This introduction to implementation models is based loosely on process improvement models. We characterised the attributes of an institution as a way of assessing its 'XCRI readiness'. In our 'readiness' section, we identified thirteen different attributes, ranging from the number of courses, through data structures, to availability of resources; each one having a defined scale from 0 to 4.
We have illustrated here both a generic course advertising function in an HEI and some process models and associated scenarios of practice for XCRI-CAP implementation. Four main models have been included:
A range of problems based on the XCRI readiness characteristics are described in the models and associated solutions suggested; for each one, links are given to further information and illustrations.
The following diagram shows how course advertising information fits into the learner and course life cycles.