We rely on IMS-Global to set the standards for how content and data work with our critical district systems and ensure efficiency and longevity of our investment. At this point we are requiring all relevant vendors to be compliant.
Many higher education institutions or K-12 school districts may be one of the largest employers in their region, but as pointed out by in this prescient paper on the future of educational information technology even the largest institutions lack sufficient resources to invest adequately in instructional technology innovation. The bottom line is that collaboration among institutions is required to address the daunting challenge of creating the future of teaching and learning and the required supporting technologies.
What type of collaboration will advance innovation while reducing unnecessary costs?
Education needs a to leverage the power of a common architecture built on open, community-governed standards that allow an institution to quickly and easily customize their EdTech environment, thus creating an EdTech ecosystem that enables and supports creativity. Such a platform would reduce investment on repetitive integrations, lower barriers to entry and focus investment on educational innovation.
This cannot be a single platform provided by one company or evolved by a single institution or supplier, due to the required diversity and inclusion of education. As described in the breakthrough article, A New Architecture for Learning, this architecture must be achieved via an educational community (institutional and supplier) collaboration and based on open standards. No one contributor owns, but all contribute.
The IMS Global community is leading the definition, development, adoption and evolution of this architecture and resulting business ecosystem for the purpose of advancing educational innovation.