Hello, Goodbye

29 03 2013

It only feels like yesterday I was saying ‘hello’ and now I am saying ‘goodbye’. Today marks the end of an era as the JISC Course Data stage 2 project officially finishes – so consequently this will be my last official blog post 😦

It has been a very enjoyable 15 months and we have achieved so much during this time. The success of the project has been a testament to the dedication of the CDATA team and equally importantly, the great working relationships established between the members.

We have all been on this journey together – submitting reports, engaging stakeholders, developing a specification for our Programme Management facility and working on our XCRI-CAP feed – and we are delighted to say that during the last week of the project we all went out with a bang! On Monday and Tuesday the team delivered a presentation and a workshop at the AUA Conference (Association of University Administrators) in Edinburgh. Both sessions were very well received, and it was good to get recognition for all of our work. It was also great to see Ruth, Janette and Gemma from JISC there, thanks for all your support and encouragement, not just at the conference, but throughout the entire project.

P.s. Although this is the last blog entry, the work is still very much alive at Brunel. The project gave us the opportunity to work on other areas beyond the scope of the project (such as developing the Programme Management Facility and writing a research paper about our composite methodology) which would inevitably be completed beyond the lifetime of the project. Therefore, I will keep you all updated over the coming weeks with the progress of our work.

The blog started with a song title way back in January 2012 , so it is only appropriate to finish with one!




25 days to go!

13 02 2013

We have the equivalent of a whole advent calendar (minus the chocolate) until our JISC final report is due for submission.  Last Monday we were really pleased to receive feedback on our draft final report (submitted 28th January) from our JISC mentor, Geoff Ramshaw.  So much so, we feel much more confident about it now.  I initially opened the document and approached the first track change with trepidation, however, there was no need to stress!  Geoff gave us lots of positive comments, which was great – for example, our report was very clear to comprehend (especially for readers with no prior knowledge); we had included well illustrated and helpful diagrams and Geoff has also given up some very constructive feedback and suggestions to include in the revised version.  Following on from this, I too have a suggestion, perhaps we could factor chocolate into our ‘JISC advent calendar’ countdown, it could only help the process!  Obviously it would all be in the name of research 😉 #brainfood


The day we went to Birmingham

30 01 2013

Yesterday we attended the JISC ‘Show and Tell’ event in Birmingham which brought together all the Course Data Stage 2 projects (63 in total).  Having seen lots of names bouncing around during the JISC online meetings and on the mailing list emails over the past year or so, it was also a great opportunity to finally put faces to names.

Prior to attending, we were all required to design a poster of our work which would be displayed on the day for all to see (ours can be downloaded here – Brunel University CDATA Project Poster).  It was really interesting seeing the other 62 posters yesterday – some were really imaginative and creative (for example, Bath Spa and the Lego concept!  We liked!).  We have all come along way since the start of the project and it was really quite inspiring seeing everyone’s work.  We also found it especially useful sharing experiences and seeing overlaps between our project and other projects – it was a great idea having various presentations from various institutions.

As you can see from the photo below, we have proudly stuck our poster on the CDATA project wall, complete with the post-it note showing how many ‘likes’ we got on the day!


Thanks ‘Team JISC’

14 11 2012

Today members of the CDATA team attended the JISC progress meeting in London.  Thanks guys for putting on a super day (and a super lunch!).  It was a really informative and interactive meeting and a great opportunity to chat with other project teams – finding out what everyone is up to and what they have achieved so far.  We came away with lots of ideas for the remaining months and great direction for our interim report, which is due next week.  Many thanks 🙂


3 08 2012

We are really pleased to discover that Gill Ferrell (JISC) has showcased our work in the ‘Interim Reports Summary’ document.  This paper summarises the key points from all the progress reports submitted by the 63 Institutions currently involved in the course data project.  It’s really rewarding to know that our approach to stakeholder engagement (through Appreciative Inquiry and the black hat concept) is being well received externally.  For anyone interested in viewing the report please click here to access it.

Internet Inquisition

19 07 2012

Netvibes rocks!  Coming from a research background (and a natural ability to be down right nosy!) I always try to keep on top of the latest course data happenings so we know that we are not missing out on anything important and also to reassure ourselves we are doing a-ok and on track with other projects.  However, as the project is now really starting to gain momentum and is moving into a new phase of the project, I have found myself slipping lately and letting a few days go by before interrogating the Internet – cue Netvibes!  I am now really starting to appreciate the infoNet site that JISC set up!

Appreciative Inquiry Enquiry

10 07 2012

We have been asked by JISC to give a brief overview of our 4D Appreciative Inquiry methodology during the online meeting this coming Friday.  We will be discussing why we chose the approach over other methodologies, how it differs from other methodologies we have used in the past, what it involved and how our stakeholders responded to it.  If anyone from the Course Data Stage 2 community has anything else they would like us to cover please leave a comment here (or tweet/email) and we will include it, thanks!