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IMS Global Around the World

As a provider of open and free standards, IMS Global Learning Consortium work is downloaded, accessed, and used in literally all parts of the globe.

IMS has members throughout the world which contribute to the diversity of the community and the quality of the IMS work. Because education is largely regional in nature, IMS works with our members to design a regional experience. In addition, the global leaders in the education sector are IMS member organizations.

IMS regularly holds events with our regional partners in Korea, Australia, Japan, and Europe and IMS staff make frequent guest appearances at e-Learning and edtech conferences around the world. IMS Global is also Category A Liaison to the International Standards Organization ISO/IEC SC-36. Several IMS standards have been published as ISO/IEC standards.

 

IMS is Global

IMS Europe

European organizations have provided strong leadership in IMS Global throughout the years.  Today there are over 60 members of IMS Europe across the continent. Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) and Learning Design have strong name recognition throughout Europe. College voor Toetsen en Examens (CvTE) in the Netherlands, along with several Dutch suppliers, have created a Dutch Exam Profile of QTI that is leading the way for assessment in Europe. SURF and Kennisnet in the Netherlands have been instrumental in supporting the evolution and adoption of IMS standards. Under the leadership of JISC and the HE sector, the United Kingdom has provided leadership in the development and deployment of Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI), QTI, Learning Information Services, and several other IMS standards. IMS Global is also a signatory to the Groningen Declaration on the future of digital student data portability.

Since spring 2018, the IMS Europe Board has been the entity within IMS Global that drives efforts in Europe. The main focus areas of the IMS Europe Board are: 
  • To ensure that the needs and interests of European members are met in IMS specifications by documenting local functional requirements and use cases and ensuring active representation on relevant Working Groups;
  • To increase awareness and adoption of IMS standards in Europe by holding an annual IMS Summit on European soil, producing information materials specifically targeting the European educational marketplace, participating and presenting about IMS on relevant European conferences, as well as establishing long-term partnerships with European institutions that are engaged in the development of ed-tech protocols and standards. View event details and the presentations from IMS Europe Summit 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

EUNIS logo

In November 2018, IMS announced a collaborative agreement with EUNIS (European University Information Systems)—the association of information technology services in European higher education and research—to promote the existence of high-quality infrastructures and services to support the activities of education and research institutions in Europe. EUNIS and IMS will become members of each other’s organization, and a EUNIS representative will receive a seat on the IMS Europe Board.

 

The European Commission published ESCO use cases on its website including alignment to Open Badges. ESCO is the multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications, and Occupations—relevant for the EU labour market and education and training. 

View the ESCO use cases.

The interplay of ESCO and Open Badges was explored during a panel discussion at the IMS Europe Summit in Barcelona (October 2019). View the video.

 

IMS Contributing Members who are located in Europe and/or have a substantial part of their activity in Europe are eligible to become part of the IMS Europe Board. If you are interested in participating, please contact Nynke de Boer, IMS Europe Program Director.

Overview of IMS Europe

Overview of Learning Tools Interoperability in Dutch

 

IMS Japan Society

In April 2016, IMS Global announced the formation of the IMS Japan Society (“IMS Japan” or "IMS-JS") as a non-profit organization. Today there are over 30 organizations that have joined IMS-JS. IMS-JS provides leadership in the regional e-learning, publishing, and education sectors to further the development and adoption of IMS open standards. IMS-JS is actively collaborating 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. This collaboration includes a certification program for individuals in the use of IMS standards, IMS-JS workgroups, bootcamps and annual meetings in Tokyo and elsewhere.  Learn more.

View the IMS Japan Society web site.

 

IMS Global in Australia and New Zealand

Australia has been a leader in IMS standards for many years through the Australian Department of Education. In prior years, Australia were active participants in developing IMS standards. Unfortunately, this leadership has lapsed as the National Schools Interoperability Program (NSIP) has taken over educational standards in Australia. In 2019, the New South Wales Department of Education joined IMS as a Contributing Member and memberships continue to grow among leading suppliers. However, IMS standards, including Content Packaging, LTI and QTI are still used widely in Australia. New Zealand has been an active contributor to IMS standards development and adoption for many years. The New Zealand Ministry of Education is currently an IMS Contributing Member.

 

IMS Korea

In April 2007, IMS Global and KERIS (Korea Education and Research Information Service) signed a memorandum of understanding to form IMS Korea. IMS Korea provides regional leadership of development and adoption of IMS standards, as well as formal liaison with the IMS Global community. IMS Korea has been involved in many IMS technical areas including Content Packaging, Common Cartridge, Learning Tools Interoperability, Question and Test Interoperability, Access for All, EDUPUB, and Caliper Analytics. 

 

Upcoming Global Events

12 Aug 2020
Online
*Registration is open; for IMS members only.
 
2 Nov 2020 to 30 Nov 2020 
Online
Registration is open to the public.
 
16 Nov 2020 to 19 Nov 2020
Katy/Houston, Texas
 
Technical Updates for Asia/Pacific Region and European IMS Members
IMS staff are delivering online technical updates and Q&A sessions for IMS members who may not be able to participate in the various IMS project groups due to time zone differences. These briefings will consist of a 30-minute update on spec development and recent meetings, and a 60-minute presentation on a timely topic. NOTE: you must be logged in to the IMS website using your member credentials to register and view recorded sessions.
 
 
Contact Colin Smythe at csmythe@imsglobal.org for further details or suggestions.
 

IMS Europe Advisory Board

Blackboard — Nicolaas Matthijs
CITO — Arjan Aarnink
Cornelsen Verlag GmbH — Uwe Erpel
Digitalme — Tim Riches
EUNIS — Annette Grande Furset 
Explorance — Yeona Jang
Instructure — Sidharth Oberoi
Italian Quality Company IQC Srl — Monica Trippodo
itslearning — Steven Threadgold
Kimono — Eric Adams
Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training — Eva Mjøvik
Oracle — Luba Schuyler
Santillana — Iñaki Velez de Guevara
SURF — Jasmijn Wijn
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya — Francesc Santanach Delisau
Vetenskapsrådet — Wietze de Vries
VitalSource — Lee Farmer
 
IMS Global Learning Consortium (Board Liaison) — Nynke de Boer

IMS Japan Society Executive Board

President — Katsuhiko Shirai
Cyber University — Hiroshi Kawahara
Digital Knowledge EdTech Lab Inc. — Hiroaki Haga
Hosei University — Yutaka Tanaka
IMS Global — Rob Abel
NetLearning Holdings Inc. — Toru Kishida
Open University of Japan — Tsuneo Yamada
Uchida Yoko Co., Ltd. — Noboru Ohkubo