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Course in A Box: Project 178

This is the final report for the Course In A Box project - the aim of which was to produce a requirements list for a set of self-contained web-page templates and configuration files (similar to those for Institute In A Box) that were detailed enough to be useful, but did not constrain a particular implementation technology.

Various basic questions were posed in an attempt to refine and clarify the areas on which to focus. It was hoped that a set of template pages could be described that would supersede the various ad hoc pages currently in use, and discussions were instigated with all course lecturers and organisers to find out what was needed. The initial poll produced a detailed list of requirements, that were then used to assess feasibility.

It was noticed early on that there was a lot of interest in a revamp of the course web pages, but there wasn't always agreement on what should be done or how wide-ranging it should be.

Documents were produced (see below) that listed all items of data appearing on the various course web-pages, with a note of who was responsible for each item (the "data-ownership table"). These items were then organised into requirement categories (functional, operational, etc), with some indication of how consistent these requirements were with one another. Once the requirements list had been drawn up, these were formulated into a Discussion Document, and meetings were held with ITO and IGS (now ISS) folk to establish what could be uncontentiously agreed.

The final meeting was held on 23.March.2011, at which it was agreed to try and keep any interim Course-In-A-Box requirements "as simple and streamlined as possible, and to accept the circulated data-ownership list as an effective requirements list". This requirements list was subsequently circulated on 02.May.2011, and was intended to be used to create an interim set of Course-In-A-Box web pages alongside the existing pages. These pages would (initially, at least) be distinct from existing course web pages (integration was thought likely to be too involved), and contain just database-generated information.


-- RogerBurroughes - 03 Oct 2011

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I Attachment Action SizeSorted ascending Date Who Comment
xlsxls MinReq.xls manage 12.5 K 04 Oct 2011 - 14:19 RogerBurroughes Requirements template
pdfpdf CIAB-data-ownership3.pdf manage 76.0 K 04 Oct 2011 - 14:19 RogerBurroughes Data ownership table
pdfpdf CIAB-discussion2.pdf manage 115.9 K 04 Oct 2011 - 14:20 RogerBurroughes Discussion document
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