If you want to change something, you have to change something

The title of this first post to the new Learning Impact blog is a quote that can be attributed to Bernie Luskin. Most people involved in educational technology don’t realize it, but we are at the very beginning infantile stages of what will grow to become one of the most vital growth industries. Yes, education expenditure by most nations is already large – in the range of 5-7% of GDP. However, the percentage of those expenditures on technology is about 50% of other major industries (for instance, see this report from BCG). In this blog I will do my best to try to understand where we are, where we are going and how we can get to a better place faster with respect the use of technology to support education.

As noted in the tag line, a lot of this will be about leadership. Education is a very unique industry and community with special considerations and needs. We need community leadership on quite a few fronts – that means leadership across institutions, suppliers to the segment and government entities. I am privileged to provide this perspective from a nice vantage point as the CEO of what has arguably become the most significant collaboration to accelerate technology innovation in education ever: The IMS Global Learning Consortium. IMS began as a project in EDUCAUSE in the 1995 timeframe. IMS was at the beginning of the start of the course management / learning management products for education. After stagnating through 2005, IMS has had a resurgence (see the 2011 IMS annual report) that now encompasses K-20+ and key technologies such as the future of the LMS, digital content, learning applications, e-assessment, educational positioning, the future of the student system, accessibility for digital learning, and so forth. In fact, the resurgence has kept myself and the IMS staff more than busy – really too busy to blog or otherwise adequately communicate all that is occurring.

Until now! I hope! It will be challenging to find the time to blog.  But I feel that we have learned so much in IMS over the last 6 years that it is time to share what we have learned and what this means for providing a more productive use of technology to serve education.

What needs to change? In a word, leadership. In a sentence, leadership that recognizes that the education community is powerful and can catalyze a more productive use of technology to serve education with some targeted collaboration. We are all learning together how to make this leadership happen – and I will do my best to share here what is happening in IMS as well as insights that the IMS experience may provide in interpreting current events.

See you in future posts!

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About RobAbel

30+ years experience creating high tech products and developing high tech markets. 15+ years experience in the education segment. Since 2006, Chief Executive of the IMS Global Learning Consortium - a non-profit member organization charged with advancing technology that can improve education. Twitter @LearningImpact #imsglobal

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