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IMS Global Announces Winners of the 3rd Annual Connected Learning Innovation App Challenge

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Institutions and Suppliers Recognized for their Innovative Apps to Engage Students and Enhance Learning

Lake Mary, Florida – 18 May 2016 – IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global/IMS), the world leader in EdTech interoperability and innovation is pleased to announce the recipients of its 3rd annual Connected Learning Innovation App Challenge.  This year, nine overall winners were selected in three categories: higher education institution developed apps, non-institution commercial apps, and best overall Learning Tools Interoperability™ (LTI™) app integration.

Created in 2014, the Connected Learning Innovation App Challenge program recognizes the development of innovative apps and tools to enhance learning. The use of IMS Global standards means these apps can be easily and seamlessly integrated with a growing ecosystem of over 400 IMS certified products.  Winners were selected by a panel of expert evaluators using a rubric that measured 14 characteristics from functional utility to usability.

The winners recognized for their outstanding achievement were:

Higher Education Institutions:

  • 1st Place - Team Up! - University of Toronto - An online quiz evaluation tool that provides a platform for students to work together to complete online quizzes. https://youtu.be/n_D9CxjofKc
  • 2nd Place - ProctorHub - University of Central Florida - An LTI integration that assists faculty members with quiz and exam authentication while helping to curb cheating. https://youtu.be/INQkMFDGdeg
  • 3rd Place - OPT - UCLA - An LTI enabled online polling tool that is mobile friendly and device agnostic that can be utilized for a wide variety of polling needs. https://goo.gl/BJt108

Non-Institutional Developers:

  • 1st Place - Waymaker - Lumen Learning - Next-generation digital courseware that puts the person at the center of personalized learning experiences. https://goo.gl/VYTV56
  • 2nd Place - InQuizitive - W. W. Norton Publishing - A formative assessment tool for instructors who want to engage their students and use their campus LMS as their home for online course materials. https://goo.gl/VzPLeX
  • 3rd Place - Chalk & Wire Assessment Platform with ECPS Gateway - Chalk & Wire Learning Assessment Inc. - A portfolio and learning assessment platform that embeds assessment events transparently into Learning Management Systems. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wYwo4_EHYg

Best Overall LTI Implementations:

  • 1st Place - InQuizitive - W. W. Norton Publishing - A formative assessment tool for instructors who want to engage their students and use their campus LMS as their home for online course materials. https://goo.gl/VzPLeX
  • 2nd Place - Waymaker - Lumen Learning - Next-generation digital courseware that puts the person at the center of personalized learning experiences. https://goo.gl/VYTV56
  • 3rd Place - Action Icons - University of Central Florida - An LTI app that allows faculty and students to quickly and easily insert curated images from UCF's action gallery. https://youtu.be/3o-yjujHVas

"The goal of the annual app challenge is to draw attention to the many wonderful ways that both institutions and suppliers can develop innovative apps and tools using open standards that make it much easier to enhance teaching and learning,” said Rob Abel, Ph.D., CEO of IMS Global. “Congratulations to all of this year's winners.”

Winners will be recognized during the 2016 Learning Impact Leadership Institute, May 23-26, in San Antonio, and 1st place winners in each category will receive a $1000 cash award.

The Winners Praise LTI

“IMS Global is an outstanding consortium of schools and industry partners that is leading one of the most important educational revolutions occurring today. The University of Toronto has greatly benefited from its membership in IMS Global, and from the work being done by the consortium.” Dr. Avi Hyman, Director of Academic and Collaborative Technologies at University of Toronto

“It would be safe to say that in 2015-2016, more than 95% of the new schools we serve heeded our advice to seek deep integration using LTI. It would also be true that approximately 45% of our clients dating back decades have also taken up the same solution for transparent and seamless tool use. The mission of Chalk & Wire and IMS Global are essentially inseparable.” Geoff Irvine, CEO, Chalk & Wire Learning Assessment Inc.

“LTI is a core part of Norton’s digital product strategy, and as of March 2016, more than 40,000 students have achieved single sign-on and grade pass back between their LMS course and InQuizitive using LTI.” John Kresse, Brand Manager of Digital Products, W. W. Norton

About IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global)

IMS Global is a nonprofit organization that advances technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. IMS members are leading suppliers, institutions and government organizations that are enabling the future of education by collaborating on interoperability and adoption initiatives. IMS sponsors the Learning Impact Leadership Institute, a global program focused on recognizing the impact of innovative technology on educational access, affordability, and quality while developing the people and ideas that are going to help shape the future of educational technology.

PR Contact:

Sandra DeCastro
Vice President, Community Programs
sdecastro@imsglobal.org

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