"If you're walking on thin ice you might as well dance": Making the most of available technologies to promote student choice, ALT-C 2011, Kirstie Coolin


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The University of Nottinghams JISC-funded SALAMI project is asking the question How can Labour Market Information be collected and used in ways that cut costs, enable shared services and achieve more for less effort? . Many different users are collating and viewing LMI, each downloading, interpreting and describing data for their own purposes resulting in significant duplication of effort (Booth and Coolin 2010). The educational landscape is changing. These challenges offer an opportunity for creativity to thrive in a new business environment where hitherto peripheral technological approaches are considered as long term viable business solutions.


  • 1. If youre walking on thin ice you mightas well dance *Making the most of availabletechnologies to promotestudent choiceAlt-C 2011, LeedsKirstie CoolinCentre for International ePortfolioDevelopmentUniversity of Nottinghamwww.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolio * Polish Proverb
  • 2. UK Policy ContextHigher fees, higher stakesStudents as consumersEducation as commodityBrowne ReviewHE White PaperKey Information SetAll Age Careers ServiceGlobalisation
  • 3. Source: the guardian
  • 4. Frank Hurley
  • 5. Enterprising? Opportunities to shareand re-use
  • 6. InformationContentConnectionsPeopleOpen dataOpen standardsWeb servicesMobile techSemantic webOERAPIs
  • 7. The greatest potential value for userscomes in linking different datasets andtracking typical students through theirjourney from school, through highereducation, into a career. HE White Paper June 2011
  • 8. Enter The SALAMI ProjectShared Aggregation of LAbour Market Information Develop a shared information service to streamline the collection and interpretation of Labour Market Information Hugos, Munich
  • 9. The SALAMI ProjectFor:Education ProvidersReduce duplication in collating and using Labour MarketInformationPlan courses, demand-ledIndividualsAdd value to information about courses and choices, presenting italongside and in comparison with other dataImprove access to information used to make choicesRegional planningPlanning course against regional skills demand
  • 10. Navigating through the ice floesLinking silod information The Neighbourhood Apprenticeships herg CoursesEducation institutions Job profiles Career resources The Industry Businesses Vacancies
  • 11. Rig these together Apprenticeships using common nodes The Neighbourhood http://manowarbrewery.blogspot.com Classifications e.g. Career resources JACS LDCS QCA Qualification codesEducation institutions Sector Codes (SIC) Occupational codes (SOC) Courses Lat/Long/postcode UKPRN ontologies Businesses Sector Job profiles Vacancies
  • 12. Working on the Infrastructure Working on the InfrastructureData layer Open data Other available Personal data Institutional data E.g. Maps/transport data Social networking E.g. courses data Government E.g. OER, Profiles Curriculum maps data/stats social/professional ePortfolio Iresearch Labour market networks, Training Destinations Businesses Service layer linked data, new combined data sets, open standards, service-based accessed XCRI LEAP2A Competence LTI RSS HR-XML New data created via system use sent back to the service layerApplication layer Education Education Any Other Consuming Any Other Consuming research research Career orgs Career orgs Course finders Course finders business business institutions institutions services / mobile services / mobile Richer personal connections, coursedata, career information, businessintelligence, CRM, marketing, employer Kirstie Coolinengagement, alumni, graduate University of Nottingham May 2011destination, employability etc.
  • 13. Fig 2. Derby Colleges Mara ILP student system. Proposed layout. Derby College have also incorporated the linked Job Profiles into Mara
  • 14. Rethink the scope of a Shared ServiceNot just outsourcing or sharing an organisationalfunction.Sharing information needs for the benefit of the enduser, not just the organisation.Enhanced information Service Layer to supplyaccessible, contextual and meaningful data.SALAMI projecthttp://www.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolio/salami/
  • 15. Just the tip of the iceberg
  • 16. Thank you for listeningKirstie CoolinKirstie.Coolin@nottingham.ac.ukCentre for International ePortfolio DevelopmentUniversity of NottinghamThe Centre for International ePortfolio Development (CIePD) are an autonomous Centre within the University of Nottinghams Information Services.Our aims are to deliver projects that maximise the efficiency of information flow in order to support educational stakeholders access seamless ICT services and quality information.www.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolio