IMS open standards in educational technology are all about enabling innovation. Innovation means diversity.
Never was that more apparent than on February 5, 2013 at the annual EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative conference, where to a packed room representatives from UMass Online, Lone Star College Online and University of Michigan described how they were each leveraging IMS standards. For those that could not attend the proceedings have been captured in a just released EDUCAUSE Blog post.
Each of the three institutions are providing leadership in addressing how technology can be better utilized to enable teachers and students. By taking advantage of the IMS standards as a core element in providing these solutions, these institutions are collaborating and reinforcing each other's progress - even though they are all addressing different areas of innovation. Similarly they are collaborating with a very wide range of suppliers who are using and advancing the same standards. Being part of a worldwide community without having to even know who the other participants are (just as happened in the development and growth of the worldwide web) and how they are all improving the future of education is pretty cool! This is the 10-100x factor in education we call the IMS Open Digital Innovation Revolution.