Exchange performance data
|Long Title:||Exchange of Performance Assessments|
Université de Lausanne
Université de Neuchâtel
|Project Leader:||U. Hassler|
|Deputy Project Leader:||C. Faivre|
The project's main result is the delivery of a standard that has been accepted by all Swiss universities
how to describe and exchange performance assessments between them. On the base of these definitions
an electronic exchange platform with the central component "EPA Node" has been implemented
which can be used by all universities in order to report performance assessments to other universities.
Since every university will want to implement a binding of the platform to its own IT systems and
subsequent data integration steps, the platform comes with a lean Java API and web service interface
offering the functionality needed.
The EPFL and the ETH Zurich started with the exchange of performance assessment messages in spring 2010 thus demonstrating the production-readiness of the proposed solution.
The following resources were developed:
|EPA Dataset||The definition of the performance assessment message standard accepted by all Swiss universities.|
|EPA Node||A JEE5 compliant enterprise application. It is the central component for the fully automated exchange of standardized performance assessment messages that will be used by any university who wants to participate in the exchange.|
|EPA Adapter ETHZ,
EPA Adapter ISAP
|JEE5 compliant enterprise applications that bind the node to the university specific systems. Universities who want to cooperate can use these implementations as a guideline for the implementation of the binding to their node.|
|EPA Web Adapter||JEE5 compliant enterprise application that offers a web based adapter implementation with a GUI. The application allows to interface the university's node and to import outbound messages from a file, respectively export received messages to a file.|
|Node Install Doc||Detailed Documentation of the reference environment and installation procedure for the EPA Node application.|
|Node Operations Manual||Description of administration functionality for a EPA Node that is offered in the node console.|
The resources are available at the IT serivces department of ETH Zurich:
The EPA software system is currently being used for the exchange of performance assessment data between universities. The usage is not restricted to this kind of data though: The system could be easily adopted to support the exchange of other types of messages between universities where reliability and security are primary concerns.
Students frequently follow courses or some part of their study program at other universities. This happens in the following contexts:
The performance assessments (exams, graded projects) are taken at other universities and they have to be transmitted to the home university.
The goal of the project was that