Web Services and Portal Developments

A production web-service for publishing module descriptions is now available and ready for testing. This service surfaces module data held in SIMS via the University data hub.

Upon completion of the PALET Programme Structures workpackage in July 2011, the data hub will be developed further to hold programme structures and programme information for students. A web service will then become available to share this information across systems.

We are currently working with a number of pilot schools to develop ways for them to include the module web-service in school web pages, Learning Central (Blackboard) and the portal.

The next step is to write the specification for the Programme Management portlet. Features that may be included:

  • Direct access to SITS tasks to manage and seek approval for module and course data;
  • Facility to review existing module and course descriptions;
  • Tools to help schools develop course handbooks;
  • Support for curriculum design.

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