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Learning Impact 2008 is IMS Global Learning Consortium's annual conference that brings together the world's leading creators, vendors, users, and buyers of learning technology to participate in program tracks focused on the latest innovations in learning systems, digital learning content, the learning enterprise, and open technologies. Presenters answer a key challenge question designed to inform the attendees on the state of innovation and best practices.

The Summit on Global Learning Industry Challenges is a gathering of industry leaders to introduce and debate ideas on issues impacting the growth of learning worldwide. This is a unique and highly direct conversation for the purpose of illuminating the key business challenges facing the learning industry. The Summit is facilitated by a focused set of highly interactive panel sessions with audience participation.

The Learning Impact Awards are designed to recognize the most impactful use of technology worldwide in support of learning. This unique program evaluates established, new, and research efforts in context at an implementing learning institution. See a list of this year's winners... Don't miss it!

Conference Overview and Sponsors
Speakers and Participants

Agenda ( Monday, 12 May - Tuesday, 13 May - Wednesday, 14 May - Thursday, 15 May )
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Monday, 12 May
9:00 - 12:00 IMS Technical Advisory Board Meeting*
11:00 Registration Open
13:00 - 13:30Interoperability for Learning Technology - Where We Are Headed -Click for Synopsis

Rob Abel, CEO IMS Global Learning Consortium

In the last two years IMS Global Learning Consortium has reinvented itself in response to the needs of the global learning and educational technology industry. During that time it has become crystal clear what is needed and where we are headed as an industry to deliver on interoperability, innovation, adoption, and learning impact. Rob Abel, CEO of IMS GLC, will provide a concise overview of the key mandates for IMS GLC, how IMS GLC is delivering, and what to expect at this year's Learning Impact conference. On the eve of the public release of Common Cartridge (already the most widely supported and industry-led learning technology standard) and the emergence of Learning Tools Interoperability and Learning Information Services (formerly known as Enterprise), a complete set of interoperability specifications for the next generation of web and enterprise learning is here. Hear about the latest developments, progress, and plans of IMS GLC as it works with over 115 global partners to support dramatic developments in learning technology around the globe.

13:30 -14:30

William Graves

Sungard Higher Education

14:30 - 15:00Break
15:00 -15:45

Perspectives on the Progression of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Dr. John V. Lombardi
President of the Louisiana State University System

15:45 - 16:00Learning Impact Awards Finalist Presentations
16:15 -18:15

Learning Impact Finalists Showcase


Duncan Lennox,Principal, blurgl, Inc.
Toru Iiyoshi, Senior Scholar and Director of the Knowledge Media Lab at the Carnegie Foundation
Dr. John Harwood, Senior Director, Teaching and Learning with Technology, Penn State
Murray Leach, Senior Manager, New Zealand Ministry of Education
Dr. Rob Abel, CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium
Professor Yasutaka Shimizu, President, National Institute of Multimedia Education, Japan

18:15 - 19:15Welcome Reception

Tuesday, 13 May

Summit on Global Learning Industry Challenges

9:00 - 9:30

California State University and Learning Impact - Click for Synopsis

David Ernst, CIO and Assistant Vice Chancellor, California State University

David Ernst is the CIO for the California State University (CSU) system--the largest system of four year higher education in the nation. David will outline how the CSU has employed an inclusive, outcomes-oriented approach to identify and implement academic technologies to support the teaching and learning mission of the university.  He will focus on results achieved and next steps to further the CSU commitment to learning impact


ANGEL's Positive Outlook for Open Standards

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Ray Henderson, Chief Products Officer, Angel Learning


Numerous new technologies have appeared in the past year enabling easier ways for an application to establish tight integration between the web and the desktop including: Adobe AIR, Google Gears, and Microsoft Silverlight. This presentation will consider the implications of these technologies on the LMS landscape. In particular, we'll look at a number of LMS usage scenarios not possible in a strictly browser-based implementation model. One such scenario involves's offline QTI assessment engine that auto-submits test results to a remote LMS server upon re-establishment of an Internet connection.

10:00 - 10:30

Improving the Student Learning Experience - Click for Synopsis

Dr. Joel Greenberg, Director of Strategic Development, Learning and Teaching Solutions, Open University

From its inception, the mission of the Open University in the UK has been to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. In the last few years, the University has become a leading developer and user of open source software and a leading provider of open educational resources. These latter developments have been strategic decisions, driven by both business requirements and their synergy with the University’s core mission of openness. Underpinning this strategy is the use of interoperability standards to provide a flexible IT infrastructure which can respond quickly to changing business needs. The Open University is already a major publisher of open educational resources in the IMS Common Cartridge format and is working to deploy other IMS standards to help achieve its business objectives.

10:30 - 11:00


11:00- 12:00

Improving and ascertaining learning outcomes
How can technology help to improve learning outcomes and how do we know?

Moderator: Larry Humes, Director of Marketing, IMS GLC

Dr. Arthur J. Lendo, President and Professor of Management, Peirce College, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Llorenç Valverde Garcia, Vice-Rector of Technology of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Mr. Tae-Myung Han ,Executive Director of Educational Information Center (Korea Education Research and Information Service)
Dr. Michael Offerman,Vice Chairman, External University Initiatives, Capella University and Director, Capella University

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch and Sponsor Briefing
13:00- 14:00

Anayltics and Learning Outcomes Panel Session

Dr. Nicholas H. Allen
, Provost Emeritus & Collegiate Professor, University of Maryland University College

Michael Feldstein, Principal Product Manager for Academic Enterprise Solutions , Oracle
Venkat Srinivasan,Regional Vice President – Higher Ed Vertical, Enterprise Learning Solutions, NIIT
Eric Bassett,General Manager, Portfolio Management, SunGard Higher Education
John Campbell, Associate Vice President for Information Technology, Purdue University

14:00 - 14:25

Blackboard and the Learning Infrastructure - Click for Synopsis

Bob Alcorn, Chief Software Architect for the Blackboard Academic Suite

Peter Segall is the President, North America Higher Education and Operations for Blackboard.   Peter will discuss key trends in the development and use of learning technologies in higher education and Blackboard's vision for learning infrastructure and capabilities of the future.   The discussion will focus on the evolution of course management system from simple discrete tools for faculty to teach online to enterprise platforms for effective living and learning experiences for students.

14:25 - 14:50

Oracle and the Academic Enterprise - Click for Synopsis

Curtiss Barnes, Vice President Industry Product Strategy, Oracle

Curtiss Barnes is Vice President of Industry Product Strategy for Oracle. As a major provider of enterprise technology and applications to the education industry, Oracle continues to advance its solutions’ capabilities and scope. Curtiss will discuss Oracle’s Academic Enterprise strategy and the goal of bridging the back-office with the classroom. Learning management is poised for a generational advancement to a solution that provides robust course management but also ties together the broader ecosystem of administrator, faculty, researcher, and student experiences through student information systems, collaborative workspaces, content management, synchronous and asynchronous online learning and other technologies in a seamless way. The discussion will focus on Oracle’s unique role as both a provider of software and a partner to many organizations that serve the industry.

14:50 - 15:10


15:10- 16:10

Common Cartridge and the Future of Digital Publishing -Technology, Standards, and Business Models 

Ray Henderson, Chief Products Officer, Angel Learning

Dr. Ross Mackenzie, Product Development Manager, Learning & Teaching Solutions, the Open University
Dr. Mark R. Nelson, Digital Content Strategist, National Association of College Stores
Chris Moffatt, Principal Program Manager, Education Products Group, Microsoft Corporation
Sebastian Vos, Vice President of eEducation, Elsevier

16:10 -16:35

Open Education: Opportunities and Challenges - Click for Synopsis

Toru Iiyoshi, Senior Scholar and Director of the Knowledge Media Lab at the Carnegie Foundation.

This Executive Presentation provides a high-level summary of the upcoming Carnegie Foundation/MIT Press book “Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge” which addresses the significance of the open education movement in higher education.  As a collection of 30 reflective and generative essays by 38 international leaders and thinkers involved in open education initiatives, the volume explores the challenges to be addressed, the opportunities to be seized, and the potential synergies to be realized from the various efforts in the movement for enhancing educational quality and access.  The participants are directors of major open education projects, administrators, academic technology experts, faculty, researchers, leaders of professional organizations, and program officers and scholars from granting and research foundations who shared broad, diverse, and thought provoking perspectives, ideas, and visions for the future of education.

16:35 - 17:00

Towards Digital Marketplaces for the Knowledge Society: The way ahead - Click for Synopsis

Fabrizio Cardinali, CEO, GIUNTI Labs & Chair, European Learning Industry Group

New threats and opportunities for the learning content industry within today’s global economy challenges. New architectures and business models for better and more effective digital learning content distribution. Myths and realities of Web 2.0 grassroots self-publishing. Social and mobile networks-based personalisation of learning resources.

Presented by the CEO of the world’s leading brands for learning content management & distribution, Giunti Labs and HarvestRoad - now part of the same group - and chair of the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG), this speech will introduce vision, cases and needs for open and interoperable infrastructures in digital learning content marketplaces leading to a sustainable learning content economy for the 21st century.

17:00 - 18:30 Reception and Technical Exchange

Wednesday, 14 May
9:00- 17:00 Program Tracks (synopsis of presentations will be available soon)
Learning systems - Digital content - Learning enterprise - Personalized learning and inclusive design
Learning Systems Program Track:

Learning Systems Program Track:

9:00 Introduction
9:10 - 9:35

Chris Moffatt, Principal Program Manager, Education Products Group, Microsoft Corporation


9:45 - 10:10

Integrating instructional technologies with the administrative enterprise using open source to improve the user experience and your ROI- Click for Synopsis
Herman A. Serrano, Sr. Solutions Manager-Academics, Campus Management Corp.


Campus Management’s suite of academic learning solutions, CampusLearning, has enabled institutions to tightly couple Moodle with their administrative systems, to improve student persistence and raise faculty satisfaction with e-learning. Herman will present how CampusLearning is helping educational institutions address their educational strategies while achieving greater efficiencies in their distance and blended learning programs. He will discuss how institutions are using the latest technology in tandem with their collaborative e-Learning environments, content management and social networking.


10:20 - 10:45

Offline LMS Usage Paradigms - Click for Synopsis
Edward Mansouri, CEO,


Numerous new technologies have appeared in the past year enabling easier ways for an application to establish tight integration between the web and the desktop including: Adobe AIR, Google Gears, and Microsoft Silverlight. This presentation will consider the implications of these technologies on the LMS landscape. In particular, we'll look at a number of LMS usage scenarios not possible in a strictly browser-based implementation model. One such scenario involves's offline QTI assessment engine that auto-submits test results to a remote LMS server upon re-establishment of an Internet connection.

10:50 Break
11:10 - 11:35

University College University Maryland and WebTyco - Click for Synopsis
Rich Stevenson, Enterprise Architect,Information Technology, University of Maryland University College 


11:45 - 12:10

Common Cartridge:  From the Development Trenches- Click for Synopsis
Kellan Wampler, Software Developer, ANGEL Learning


ANGEL Learning is an LMS software provider that’s actively involved in the shaping of the CommonCartridge specification, and has recently shipped a product that supports the pre-release specification.  Lead Software Developer for this project, Kellan Wampler, will discuss the technology implementation story for Common Cartridge in a working LMS.  He’ll discuss the challenges that he faced during the development of support for the format.  He’ll also emphasize the importance of tight implementations in achieving interoperability.

12:20 - 12:45 Enabling learning and teaching through a 21st century digital desktop

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Mark Cosby, Vice President, Business Development, Editure

U.S. school districts have invested heavily in technology, providing a foundation that connects almost every classroom to the world-wide web. Yet, while some teachers have championed the integration of technology into the teaching and learning environment, the vast majority of U.S. classrooms provide very little opportunity for students to use the digital tools they are constantly accessing and embracing outside of school. Editure, an Australian-based provider of customized K12 virtual learning environments, is currently serving over 4 million users across the U.K, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This session will provide examples of how virtual learning environments, such as Editure’s MySuite, are beginning to impact learning and teaching in districts such as NYC and Plano ISD, in Plano, Texas.

12:45 Lunch
1:35- 2:00

Opportunities in Social Learning- Click for Synopsis
Brian Cepuran, Chief Architect, Desire2Learn Inc

Social applications are evolving as users learn what works and how to best apply the ideas and technology to build compelling and useful sites. This session will examine this space and the opportunities it presents, along with a demonstration of the new ePortfolio solution, highlighting how Desire2Learn sees the potential of social applications can apply to eLearning.

2:10 - 2:35

Building an integrated online learning environment- Click for Synopsis
Dr. Ross Mackenzie, Product Development Manager, Learning & Teaching Solutions


Over the last two years The Open University has developed two online learning platforms; the OpenLearn platform which delivers the Open University open educational resources and the OU Virtual Learning Environment which is the main online teaching platform used by the University.  These platforms have been largely based on Moodle, but include substantial integration with a number of other systems.  We are now investigating mechanisms and approaches by which we can further extend the functionality of these platforms by integrating external applications.  I will talk about our recent developments particularly in the areas of content creation, eAssessment and ePortfolios.

2:45 - 3:10 Effective teaching and learning in the 21st century online environment - Click for Synopsis
Steve Kann, SVP Engineering and Founder, Wimba

Modern technology affords many new opportunities for new methods of teaching and learning, and in many cases, the changes in the technical, political, social and economic landscape demand changes in the way institutions educate students. How can we take advantage of these opportunities, and respond to the challenges, while not losing sight of the fundamental pillars of education that society and educators have refined for centuries? In this presentation, the speaker will 1) review his perspective on the changes to the landscape the opportunities and challenges which follow from these changes, 2) reflect upon some key principles of education, drawing from personal experiences as a student before many of these changes took place, and 3) discuss some strategies and solutions for the evolution of teaching and learning which leverage the most valuable assets available to institutions.


3:10 Break

Building a custom content management platform using OSIDs and learn eXact LCMS- Click for Synopsis
Bryan Eldridge, Director of Professional Services, Giunti Labs

Traditional learning platform design has been limited because of "vendor lockdown" obstacles. This presentation will demonstrate how Giunti Labs implemented OKI OSIDs as an option for their clients to construct custom learning platforms.

4:05 - 4:30

The TELOS system- Click for Synopsis
Gilbert Paquette,  Academic and Technology Services, Télé-université  LORNET Network Director
François Magnan,   Main Architect, LICEF Research Center, Télé-université
Suzanne Lapointe,  Technology Transfert Officer, Télé-université

The LORNET research network, hosted as Télé-université, is a major Canadian project in learning and knowledge management technologies. Its major result is a highly innovative assembly system for learning and knowledge management Web-based environments. TELOSmanages a network of learning resource repositories, enabling its designers to flexibly assemble learning objects or resources into multi-actor environments. The system is based on a service oriented and an ontology-driven architecture. It provides a graphic editor for programming the assembly and execution of multi-actor workflows and more generally of software component agregation scenarios. One goal of the system is to provide flexible platform extension and interoperability capabilities to organizations.

4:40 - 5:00

Engaging Students with Campus Pack: Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and More! - Click for Synopsis
Derek Hamner, CEO and Hal Herzog, VP Product Development, Learning Objects, Inc.

Campus Pack, a suite of social learning applications from Learning Objects, integrates blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other Web 2.0 technologies into learning management systems, making online learning a dynamic experience.

The supporting visuals for this presentation will give participants an introduction to the Campus Pack suite of social software for teaching and learning. Campus Pack consists of five applications – Teams LX (course wikis), Journal LX (course blogs), Podcast LX (course podcasts), Expo LX (personal spaces), and Search LX (full-text searching).


Digital Content Program Track Digital Content Program Track:
9:00 Introduction
9:10 - 9:35

Bringing Standards from Sky to Street: A view through the lens of the CSU Digital Marketplace- Click for Synopsis
Regan Caruthers, California State University

In order for any standard to have sustainable learning impact it must ultimately meet the needs of higher education's key strategic priorities and programs easily and reliably. The California State University is committed to IMS standards and is employing specific standards in its development of a key priority initiative, the Digital Marketplace (DM). This session will focus on our IMS standard integration plan for the DM while highlighting the need and challenge to develop extensions to certain standards to fit DM requirements, and a discussion as to how best to address this challenge through consultative dialogue and planning.

9:45 - 10:10 Widgets and Embedded Applications - Click for Synopsis
Edward Mansouri, CEO,

At Learning Impact 2007 in Vancouver, introduced
"Enrich", its free and open framework for injecting external e-learning
applications into existing, legacy web content with a single line of
XHTML.  In this presentation, we'll see the progress that's been made over
the past year moving this initiative forward that includes a robust model
for easily inserting learning games, telecommunication components, and
instant messaging widgets into web documents to greatly enhance the
content's user experience and interactivity.

10:20 - 10:45 Digital Content and Course Materials - preparing the college store for change - Click for Synopsis
Dr. Mark Nelson, Digital Content Strategist, National Association of College Stores

Against a backdrop of growing technology usage and digitization of course materials, college stores are preparing for a future where textbooks will be available in forms other than traditional print. The college store industry is active in identifying and monitoring trends that will speed up or slow down the transition. The industry is also actively exploring new business models, products and services that will allow them to continue to provide value to faculty, staff, and students on college campuses. Future initiatives at the national level will concentrate on three areas: education, partnerships, and developing an enhanced trade infrastructure. This presentation will highlight some of the key trends identified by the college store industry and some of the strategic initiatives underway.

10:45 Break
11:10 - 11:35 Creating Learning Content for a Digital World- Click for Synopsis
Dr. Joel Greenberg, Director of Strategic Development, Learning and Teaching Solutions, Open University

While a number of academics have successfully adapted to modern digital authoring tools, many find these tools a disincentive for creating online learning content. The Open University has recognized that many of its academic staff have for many years, been authoring learning content for books and scientific journals. The tool of choice for most is Microsoft Word. To help these authors learn how to create narrative light learning content more appropriate for web based delivery, the University has developed an eProduction system which allows authors to use a customized version of MS Word 2003 alongside XML and HTML editors. The Word tool allows authors to preview their content on the fly in a number of formats such as pdf, html and as an online course within the University’s virtual learning environment. In this way, authors are able to modify their materials during the content creation process and produce an appropriate mix of light weight narrative and interactive activities.

11:45 - 12:10 Content As The Platform - Click for Synopsis
Peter Van Tienen, Vice President of Business Development,, The Learning Edge International

Many education institutions are realizing the value of their existing digital content. At the core or central to the EQUELLA education value model is your content. As lesson materials are developed you add context to this wide variety of data, which can be spreadsheets, imagery, documents and much more. Through adding a new context or repurposing this content you are developing a platform from which others may share this teaching and learning framework.

12:20 - 12:45 A big e-Learning in a small island - Click for Synopsis
Chen-Yu Lee, Institute for Information Industry, Taiwan

1. Current status of e-learning in Taiwan and what we prepare to do. 2. LORT: A Web 2.0 federated repository of e-Learning content in Taiwan. 3. A Common Cartridge repository by Taiwan. 4. A new model of rapid e-learning content development.

12:45 Lunch
1:35- 2:00 Introduction to Digital Textbook Utilization Pilot Project in Korea - Click for Synopsis
Yong-Sang Cho,Senior Researcher, KERIS

Korea, a highly informatized nation, is recently seeing rapid social
changes and a shortened knowledge life cycle. Revising the national
curriculum to reflect such social changes is an inevitable choice as
students who are used to learning through various digital media find paper-
based textbooks outdated, but revising such textbooks takes time.

To address these problems by applying rapidly developing information
communication technology, the Ministry of Education and Human Resources
Development established a plan in March 2007 to generalize the use of
Digital Textbooks in schools.

2:10 - 2:35 The Textbook Challenge - Click for Synopsis
Julian Clayton, John Wiley & Sons

For decades if not centuries the textbook has served education as an essential resource for instructors and students. For instructors the textbook can provide the outline of a syllabus, the timeline of a course, a resource for lectures and a supply of ready-to-use content. For students the textbook has served as a homework help, a study reference, a course guide and an exam crammer. All of these benefits are to one degree or another implicit in the nature of the content of the textbook, its structure and organisation, few of the benefits are explicitly presented. The electronic world does not do implications, it deals in binary data, in explicit relationships. The challenge for the textbook is to take the wealth of implicit data and relationships embodied in the print medium and convert it to an online educational experience. I intend to use my session to explore some of the issues, present some solutions which Wiley have adopted and discover methods others have used. The discussion will of course include issues with respect to learning impact, technology trends, and standards.
2:45 - 3:10 Putting first things first: Using learning standards and XML templating technology to build content with learn eXact LCMS- Click for Synopsis
Bryan Eldridge, Director of Professional Services, Giunti Labs

Up until now, there has been an unnecessarily large chasm between instructional design practitioners and the power of standards that they have at their disposal. This presentation will examine how the use of an XML template-based approach and the use of SCORM 2004 property wizards simple sequencing tools helps bridge this gap and produce higher-quality, more personalized instruction.
3:10 Break

Kerry Finn, Pearson Education

4:05 - 4:30

Digital Media Asset-Management for the Unique Needs of Higher Education- Click for Synopsis
David J. Weinstein, CEO, ShareStream

Online video and audio is poised to deeply enrich students' learning experiences. However, effectively integrating a comprehensive digital media service within colleges and universities' networks poses many significant challenges. Educators must address how to control access to copyrighted content, how to effectively incorporate rich media into students' familiar online learning environments, and how to establish a scaleable digital media service that does not create a workflow burden for staff or require significant additional investment in human capital. Through a discussion of the ShareStream rich media environment at Georgetown University, a technology platform that delivers media via streaming, downloads, and podcasts and has capability of housing media at an institution-wide level, this session will examine the key functionality necessary for launching a truly turnkey digital media service. Leveraging its interoperability with higher education's internal systems, ShareStream's platform functions as a centralized content repository for multimedia assets that serves content in a federated manner to a multitude of online learning environments. The platform is able to automate the process of encoding content, provide lecture capture with slide synchronization, catalogue and archive media with the appropriate metadata, secure and control access to content, and audit user access and use of particular media objects.

4:40 - 5:00 Distributing subsets of Common Cartridge content to meet unique course requirements in different campus environments- Click for Synopsis
Steve Acker, OhioLink

A partnership among Pearson Publishing, the OhioLINK eText Project, and pilot universities in Ohio is evaluating whether multimedia content that conforms to the Common Cartridge specification (1) can be aggregated within a single common cartridge, (2) delivered as distinct subsets of the universe of that content, (3) to different campuses using different course management systems in the state of Ohio. If successful and scalable, this approach offers the consortium group management of total learning assets while allowing individual instructors the ability to choose only those learning materials directly relevant to learning objectives and course requirements desired by their specific courses or campuses within the OhioLINK consortium. This approach also allows the consortium control over the final cost of course materials to students in Ohio colleges.

Learning enterpriseProgram Track

Learning enterprise Program Track:
9:00- 9:10 Introduction
9:10 - 9:35 Lecture Capture - Observations of Important Trends- Click for Synopsis
Brad Winney, President & CEO, Panopto

There are several important trends driving the adoption of lecture capture and at the same time defining its characteristics. Brad Winney, Panopto's President and CEO has visited over 60 universities and school districts in the United States during the past four months and will speak to these trends and how they are shaping the company's product strategy. There will be a full demonstration of the company's current lecture capture offering (version 1.5) as well as a sneak preview of v2.0 (due in Q2, 2008). The session will also include an update to the company's ground-breaking Socrates Project which provides the company's lecture capture software free-of-charge to participating institutions.

9:45 - 10:10 The Impact of Standards on the Integrated Academic Enterprise - Click for Synopsis
Cary Brown, Director, Academic Enterprise Solutions, Oracle

Integration of academic data, especially between mission critical systems such as student information systems and learning management systems, to date has been largely point-to-point and vendor specific. The evolution of industry standards such as the IMS Enterprise Services specification hold the promise of increased interoperability, reduced complexity and cost of integration, and improved data integrity. With several major SIS and LMS vendors participating in the drafting of new Enterprise standards and committed to supporting those standards, what is the road forward for the integrated academic enterprise, and what are the obstacles in our path?
10:20 - 10:45 How to improve the user experience and student life cycle of your students using a unified administrative and academic enterprise solution- Click for Synopsis
Tim Gilbert, Chief Marketing Officer & Senior Vice President, Campus Management Corp.

Campus Management has united the academic and administrative computing systems with its One Campus Ecosystem platform, featuring a Services Enabled Architecture and extensibility for open-source applications like Moodle, Facebook, and Second Life. Tim will discuss how institutions leverage the One Campus platform to provide a more student-centered experience that is improving enrollments, retention, flexibility, and outcomes. He will cover current projects at both large and small traditional and proprietary institutions, including Colorado State University, Huntington, Junior College, University of System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, and Westwood College.
10:45 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - 11:35

Accelerating into the Future of Education- Click for Synopsis
William H. Graves, Ph.D., Sr. V.P. for Academic Strategy, SunGard Higher Education

Accelerating changes in technology, globalization, and demographics/psychographics are accelerating policy demands for greater academic productivity, especially for improved affordability, demographic accountability, market/program accountability, and learning accountability. Learn to connect this challenge to the work of the IMS GLC, while helping your “C-level” colleagues understand how IT-enabled paradigm-shifting academic innovations are creating a globally integrated life-long learning market to meet these demands – at the possible peril of change-resistant institutions.

11:45 - 12:10 Informs - Click for Synopsis
Rose Thorsen, Vice President for Student Information Services, will discuss the goals and objectives as it relates to Informs’ participation in the Enterprise Project.
Jim Moon, System Architect and Java Development Manager, will discuss the technological approach used to achieve interoperability between SISJ2K and the LMS.

Informs, Inc is a software engineering and information technology firm located in Montgomery Alabama.  Since 1979 we have been providing custom and packaged software and services (including administrative software, procurement software and student information system software) to state and local governments and higher education customers.  Based on the advancement of web technologies such as Java, web services and service oriented architectures (SOA), Informs has adopted an open standards open source approach to the development of its newest software products.  SISJ2K, our latest student information system software product, is built on an open source, open standards, and open architecture framework.  It allows our customers to more readily adopt and develop a network of interoperability between all of their application software products (whether they be proprietary or open source) at a significantly lower cost and with greater flexibility and speed.  As a new member of the IMS GLC Enterprise Project, our goal is to contribute our experience to the expansion of the enterprise data model and to expose our SISJ2K application services to communicate with any learning management system using the latest technologies offered by the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) standards.
12:20 - 12:45 A Scalable, On-Demand eLearning Architecture for Maximum Flexibility and Reliability Click for Synopsis
Kendrick McLish & Katy Kappler,eCollege

In this session, eCollege will explore the infrastructure and network architecture required for a completely on-demand eLearning solution. eCollege provides an integrated, standards-based eLearning solution to the post-secondary and K-12 education industries that is delivered completely as software as a service (SaaS). eCollege provides this platform to some of the largest, most successful online education programs in the world today. The underlying platform architecture delivered in this on-demand approach must go beyond the complex and expensive job of providing a high degree of availability to its users, but must also provide a high degree of flexibility to meet the needs of hundreds of different educational institutions. Traditionally, flexibility and availability have been on opposite sides of the eLearning spectrum. Session attendees will learn how eCollege has bridged the gap with unique, innovative eLearning architecture that offers lower total cost of ownership, reduced risk and the ability to focus on education rather than technology.
12:45 - 1:35 Lunch
1:35- 2:00 Using Analytics to Increase Marketing and Retention Efficiency in Higher Education - Click for Synopsis
Mr. Liam Cheung, Chief Operating Officer Embanet ULC

Increasingly fierce competition for high quality students in the higher education market is driving the emergence of complex, highly interdependent processes to maximize institutions' investment in marketing. Challenges with the efficiency of managing the student lifecycle from lead to graduate include the nature of the data, timeliness, and inter-operability of data systems. While the evolving nature of marketing to adopt direct marketing methods from other industries has realized productivity gains by allowing the technology to streamline the workflow and deliver metrics, there is yet room for improvement within the marketing and retention functions by creating models that use predictive techniques using those metrics to increase efficiency. This presentation will describe the efforts and results of Embanet`s use of "analytics" or predictive models to increase efficiency in both marketing and retention of online programs.
2:10 - 2:35 University of Central Florida: Increasing Student Performance Through Class Capture - Click for Synopsis
Tegrity & University of Central Florida

The implementation of new technology for many campuses can prove to be challenging. However, IT staff and the University of Central Florida (UCF) quickly learned that faculty and student adoption could easily exceed expectations when the technology speaks directly to the core of education - student performance. Learn how faculty at UCF's College of Engineering and Computer Science successfully improved student retention and satisfaction through the integration of Tegrity Campus 2.0 - class capture technology which provides anytime, anywhere access to course content by offering easily searchable class recording online, or via an iPod, cell phone or other mobile device. During this session, you will be given an overview of Tegrity and its different features - addressing the effortlessness and effectiveness of the technology for use in any classroom, by any professor. The session will also include a step-by-step progression for implementation - one that resulted in the adoption of Tegrity by approximately 100 instructors, and tracked a total of 2300 students viewing lectures with a combined viewing time of 15,000 hours in the first semester of implementation. Come find out how YOUR institution can find success using class capture technology.
2:45 - 3:10 Jenzabar - Click for Synopsis
Rick Tomlinson, Product Marketing Manager for Jenzabar’s Internet Campus Solution (JICS) and Learning Management System (LMS), will discuss Jenzabar’s venture into the world of open standards, and the impact of this initiative on product strategy.

Jenzabar®, Inc. is a leading provider of enterprise software, services, and strategies for higher education. With more than 35 years of experience delivering technology solutions to colleges and universities, Jenzabar is the trusted partner of choice on more than 700 campuses worldwide. Jenzabar is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with regional offices located across the United States.

Jenzabar’s Total Campus Management™ (TCM) framework meets the unique needs of higher education with a comprehensive approach to software and services. Jenzabar’s TCM solutions are designed to drive constituent satisfaction, operational excellence, and institutional success in three key areas: Enrollment, Retention and Advancement.

Jenzabar’s flagship Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) products are Jenzabar CX, offered on the UNIX platform with Java™-based user interface; and Jenzabar EX, designed for the Microsoft® SQL Server platform. Both Jenzabar ERP solutions are fully integrated with Jenzabar’s Internet Campus Solution (JICS) and Constituent Relationship Modules, Jenzabar Non-Traditional System, Jenzabar’s Learning Management System, and campus intelligence systems, enabling institutions to implement an enterprise-wide Total Campus Management solution tailored to their institutional mission and goals.

As a contributing member of IMS GLC, Jenzabar is committed to the development and integration of open e-Learning standards and content, and is currently developing tools in Jenzabar’s Learning Management System to support Common Cartridge content packaging and QTI specifications.  In addition, Jenzabar will engage with other IMS activities and standards to bring enhanced interoperability with open source applications and services to the entire suite of products in Jenzabar’s Internet Campus Solution.

3:10 Break

An Australian Digital Education Revolution

Kerry Blinco,e-Framework and Standards Manager, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)

4:05 - 4:30 Overview and Demonstration of Brand New Teaching and Learning Tools - Click for Synopsis
Bill Lee, Development Manager, Desire2Learn Inc.

Learn more about Desire2Learn's learning technology and other software designed to connect participants and to enhance the online learning environment. There will be a focus on Desire2Learn's Learning Environment, Learning Object Repository, LiveRoom collaboration suite, and new ePortfolio solution. Find out how this easy-to-use new technology is helping faculty to engage students in deeper levels of learning, track progress on learning objectives and standards, deliver timely feedback, and improving the process of online delivery. Other pertinent topic areas will include rubrics, 'blogging' and community collaboration.
4:40 - 5:00 Learning Tools Interoperability
Charles Severance, IMS GLC


Personalized learning and inclusive design

Personalized learning and inclusive design Program Track:
9:00- 9:10 Introduction
9:10 - 9:35 Tennessee Board of Regents- Click for Synopsis
John St.Clair, Ed.D., Executive Director of Training & Technical Services, Tennessee Board of Regents

The 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents system recently completed a transition to Desire2Learn while simultaneously upgrading its ERP system to the SunGard Banner suite. This session will detail the planning, program management, and implementation. Large systems considering implementing a new course management system have many questions related to how to best use their resources to engage academic, administrative, and technology departments in such a transition. This presentation will include a discussion of all hurdles in bringing together interest groups from technology centers, community colleges, and universities as well as academic, administrative, and information systems. Challenges encountered and overcome were moving from two different CMS's into one platform, integrating two different student information systems (SIS+ and Banner), integrating 20 different LDAP authentication systems, training faculty and support personnel, and moving from a self-hosted environment to vendor hosting. Particular detail will be given of the peer review process used to insure quality instructional design as well as processes employed to promote student-centered quality instruction.
9:45 - 10:10 Formative Assessment: equipping the individual for better learning outcomes- Click for Synopsis
Dan Rinn, Education Alliances Director, Turning Technologies

Every student matters --- a discussion featuring a classroom tool that provides the instructor an enhanced ability to; engage each individual student, instantly measure each student's comprehension, create an interactive classroom environment, and track individual student performance. This session provides an opportunity to experience and discuss methods of tracking individual student classroom performance through formative assessment tools using individual student response devices ("clickers")
10:20 - 10:45 University of Catalonia- Click for Synopsis
University of Catalonia

"MyWay is a set of tools to edit and deliver contents in the format that the user needs. For example it's possible to edit a book and transform it in html and sinthetised voice. The evolution of MyWay takes into account how Open Learn changes the tasks of an editorial process. Currently UOC wish to open and share the project with other institutions and consortiums."
10:50 Break
11:10 - 11:35 University of Toronto- Click for Synopsis
Jutta Treviranus,Director, Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

Learners, their learning context, learning goals and access needs are very diverse. Computer mediated learning provides the opportunity to optimize the learning environment and content to the personal needs of each learner. Since 1998 the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre at the University of Toronto has worked on a number of technologies that transform the learning experience to meet individual access needs, whether those needs are influenced by a disability, learning approach, linguistic needs, academic background or cultural preferences. With projects such as Web4All, The Inclusive Learning Exchange, TransformAble and now the Fluid Project ( we have attempted to refine the software architectures, presentation frameworks, interoperability specifications, user interface resources and authoring tools needed to support this approach to the inclusive design of learning. This presentation will outline the remaining challenges as well as promising emerging developments.
11:45 - 12:10 IBM and AOL - The Mainstreaming of Access for All- Click for Synopsis
Rich Schwerdtfeger, Distinguished Engineer, IBM; Thomas Wlodkowski, AOL

Industry is moving towards a programmable web where resources, such as maps, are made available for reuse through published API. These resources are now being aggregated to quickly form new applications. These resources were created autonomously without consideration of the needs of the end user. Consequently the need for personalization has become critical. IMS Access for All standards are designed to map and adapt digital resources to the needs of the individual giving it broader appeal beyond e-learning to deliver a user-friendly experience to all users. The presentation will discuss its applicability to web mashups and features a prototype from AOL that highlights the potential benefits of the IMS Access For All standard to advancing usability of the commercial Internet. It will cover efforts underway to synchronize Access For All with ISO, W3C, and Open Mobile Alliance standards to deliver personalization over a global web infrastructure.

12:20 - 12:45 Technology Enabled Flexible Learning: Best Practices for Prospective and New Student Introduction to E-Learning- Click for Synopsis
Gloria Pickar, Ed.D., President & Chief Academic Officer, Compass Knowledge Group, LLC

The goal of the SIEL project is to identify best practices for student introduction into the e-learning environment for prospective and new higher education e-learning students, addressing issues of completion, retention, and persistence during this most vulnerable period of the student life cycle, including the three phases of: 1) communicating IHE and student expectations, 2) preparation of students for registered e-learning courses, and 3) induction of students into their e-learning courses.
12:45 Lunch
1:35- 2:00 WGBH National Center for Accessible Media - Click for Synopsis
Madeleine Rothberg, Project Director, WGBH National Center for  Accessible Media (NCAM)

The WGBH National Center for Accessible Media is embedding the  capacity to transform and customize presentation of content based on  individual user profiles within WGBH’s Teachers’ Domain, a K-12  library of rich-media science resources that support standards-based  teaching and learning. The project enables teachers or students with  disabilities to locate accessible resources within Teachers’ Domain;  identify what kind of content is being presented; determine if the  content will transform to fit their presentation preferences; and  identify equivalent or alternative forms of the content that better  meets their stated preferences. The project uses the IMS Access For  All v2 specifications, currently in development.

2:10 - 2:35 Accessible Technology Initiative - Click for Synopsis
Deborah Kaplan, Director, Accessible Technology Initiative, Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI), California State University

The California State University system, consisting of 23 campuses across the state, has begun to implement a broad policy for accessibility of (1) all web sites, (2) instructional materials and (3) all electronic and information technology purchases through the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI).  The vision is to create a culture of access for an inclusive learning and working environment.   The ATI, through staff at the Chancellor’s Office, assists the campuses by developing guidelines, implementation strategies, training, tools and resources.   The principle goal is to apply universal design, an approach to the design of products and services to be usable by the greatest number of people including individuals with disabilities.  This is accomplished through stimulating collaboration through communities of practice that are organized for each priority area of the ATI.  There are many challenges as well as best practices that have emerged in implementing the ATI.  Examples will be given in this session. 

2:45 - 3:10 Exploring Online Personalized Learning at Penn State – Early Stages- Click for Synopsis
Ken Udas, Executive Director, Penn State World Campus

Penn State is engaged in significant online learning activities, supporting both distance and resident-based learners.  During the past three years the World Campus, Penn State’s distance education campus, has transitioned all of its courses into an online format, moving away from self-paced and paper-based legacy offerings.  As part of this process faculty and designers are including elements of personalized learning in courses, much of which is based on teacher-learner interaction and augmented with technology.  Examples of technology use that facilitates personalized learning includes coupling student blogs and an ePortfolio to reengage professional adult learners through reflection and community, based on professional goals; the use of intelligent agents to personalized faculty feedback to learners in large classes, use of simple branching and iteration based on formative assessment, and the use of social networking and communication software to introduce personalized and unplanned educational experiences.  The introduction of technology as an enabler of personalized learning is influencing learning design and learning management.
3:10 - 3:30 Break
3:30-3:55 NIIT - Click for Synopsis
Venkat Srinivasan, Regional Vice President – Higher Ed Vertical, Enterprise Learning Solutions ,NIIT

NIIT has researched and developed a personalized Adaptive Remediation Solution for enhancing “student persistence” in higher education programs. The solution is built using proven and sound statistical techniques and its deployment is made scalable using simple technology tools and platforms. The solution has seen large scale successful implementation in NIIT’s 1200 schools spread over 32 countries. The uniqueness of the model is in its “personalization”, “simplicity” and “scalability”. NIIT’s Team of retention analysts and Applied Statisticians have perfected a process to continuously profile the students, determine their dynamically changing support requirements and making “just-in-time interventions” using simple technology  tools. The solution’s predictive ability ensures “targeted” and “timely” support to students to keep them academically integrated in their programs and committed to the goals of learning.
4:05 - 4:30 Personalized student tools for online learning- Click for Synopsis
Joel Greenberg, Director of Strategic Development, Learning & Teaching Solutions, The Open University

For the past three years, the Open University has been developing a number of interactive learning tools and integrating them with the Moodle open source learning management system. As an increasing number of students have used these tools across a large number of courses, it is clear that eAssessment and ePortfolio tools are an important part of a student’s online learning experience. Within eAssessment, both assessment for credit (summative) and assessment for learning (formative) are essential components. The University has developed a formative assessment tool, OpenMark which allows students to continually assess their understanding of the material they have just studied, using a wide range of sophisticated multi-media question types. Within ePortfolio , a number of different applications have been built to address specific pedagogic requirements. The University has developed an ePortfolio tool, MyStuff which allows students to build up a portfolio of personal materials, some of which has to be submitted online for assessment for credit. Both OpenMark and MyStuff are open source products, available under a Creative Commons license
4:40 - 5:00 Using LAMS Branching for Personalised Learning- Click for Synopsis
Professor James Dalziel, Macquarie University

LAMS is a system for authoring, running and monitoring Learning Designs (also called digital lesson plans). It is currently translated into 25 languages and used in over 80 countries by thousands of educators, and is freely available as open source software. Educators can use LAMS to create sequences of collaborative activities, where a group of students use forums, chat and other collaborative tools in a structured process or “flow” around educational content. In the latest version of LAMS (V2.1), a new set of “Branching” features have been included which allow for individuals or subgroups of students to do different sets of tasks within an overall sequence. This provides new opportunities for personalized learning through branching based on past performance (eg, quiz scores, number of forum postings, etc), subgroup membership, and/or teacher allocation of individual students to different branches. A related feature also allows students to choose among a number of optional sequences of activities. These functions make it possible to support a much wider range of pedagogical structures, such as those that rely of different subgroups considering different topics (or different sides of a debate), those that provide students with a choice of study areas within a larger topic, and those that use student performance to provide different levels of instruction according to ability (eg, advance content, standard content and remedial material). The presentation will discuss the use of LAMS drawing on experiences from its implementation at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
17:00 - 18:00Learning Impact Winners and Reception

Thursday, 15 May
8:00 -9:00

IMS Annual Meeting *


9:00- 13:00


Sponsored by Pearson EducationPearson Education


09:00                Welcome & orientation
09:10                Demonstration showcase
10:40                Coffee
10:50                CC Conformance workshop
                                    - cartridge conformance
                                    - platform and tool conformance
12:00                Demonstration and launch of the CC self-test tool
12:30                Test-bench challenge
13:00                Adjourn
Demonstration showcase – open projector for people to demonstrate new implementations of IMS specifications.
CC conformance workshop – a session to clarify what CC conformance is, what it means and how to achieve it.
Demonstration and launch of the CC self-test tool – We’ll be giving a presentation of using the tool to test cartridges and releasing the tool to the public at the event.
Test-bench challenge – an opportunity to run your own cartridges through the self-test tool.
Attendance and participation in the TestFest is open to:

IMS Contributing Members , IMS Developer Network subscribers, CC Alliance participants, and Learning Impact 2008 attendees
14:00 - 17:00

Improving Interoperability in Practice Workshop

(Find out more information about IIiP)

14:00                Welcome & orientation
14:10                Case Study: SCORM® Interoperability
                              Warwick Bailey, Icodeon
15:10                Coffee
15:30               Discussion on key interoperability challenges and potential solutions :
                                    - Content Packaging
                                    - Simple Sequencing
                                    - Shared State Persistence
                                    - Reusable Definition of Competencies and
                                      Educational Objectives
                                    - Access for All
16:15                Action for evolution & convergence:
                                    - Learning Tools Interoperability
            - Integrating SCOs into Common Cartridge
            - Tracking using QTI
            - Learning Design
17:00                Adjourn