IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces Formation of IMS Japan Society

Leading Japanese e-Learning, Publishing and Education Organizations Cooperate to Further Development and Adoption of IMS Open Standards 

Lake Mary, Florida, USA – April 26, 2016 - IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global), the world leader in EdTech interoperability and impact, has announced that six leading Japanese organizations are forming IMS Japan Society (“IMS Japan”) as a non-profit organization.  IMS Japan will provide leadership in the regional e-learning, publishing and education sectors to further the development and adoption of IMS open standards. IMS Japan will collaborate with IMS Global to provide support to Japanese organizations and individuals seeking to benefit from the open ecosystem of interoperable products enabled by IMS standards.

The formation of IMS Japan was preceded by several successful workshops and seminars on IMS standards in Japan with a focus on successful IMS standards such as Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®), EDUPUB and Caliper Analytics™. The six organizations forming the initial IMS Japan Board are: Digital Knowledge Inc., Hosei University, Japan Electronic Publishing Association, NetLearning Holdings Inc., Open University of Japan (OUJ), and Uchida Yoko Inc.

“We are very pleased that our partners in Japan have decided to take this very important step in building our long term relationship for the benefit of e-learning and education sector development in the region,” said Rob Abel, CEO of IMS Global. “IMS Japan Society industry and education leaders are creating the foundation for next generation sector development by partnering with IMS Global on open standards.”

Dr. Katsuhiko Shirai, Chancellor, OUJ said, “Japanese educational sectors and corporates need collaborative framework and eco-system for sustainable ICT-enhanced education. We consider IMS standards and community are indispensable elements for our success.”

Mr. Noboru Ohkubo, President and CEO, Uchida Yoko Inc. comments, “Japanese K-12 education also need the standards for digital textbooks and big data analysis for education.” 

Mr. Toru Kishida, CEO, NetLearning Holdings Inc. said, “Japanese education sectors should participate in international standardization activities more in order to adapt the trends of internationalization and globalization.”

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About IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global) 
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