IMS Europe Summit 2020 Agenda (Day 1)

Update on the Work of IMS Global and IMS Europe

Monday, November 2


On the first day of the IMS Europe Summit 2020, we will take you through the work being done in the IMS community that focuses on Europe. We will share with you our ideas about the future and discuss your ideas about where things are going or should be going. The session ends with a panel discussion with higher education institutional leaders sharing their view on the edtech ecosystem and the role that standards play.




All times listed are in Central European Time

Morning Session


By Nynke de Boer, Program Director IMS Europe


Introduction - Foundations for Digital Transformation of Education
By Rob Abel, CEO at IMS Global Learning Consortium

There are now nearly 70 IMS member organizations headquartered in Europe, more than the total number of IMS member organizations worldwide at the beginning of 2006. Can IMS European members lead the deployment of an interoperable ecosystem that becomes the foundation for educational innovation across Europe? When educational institutions collaborate with edtech suppliers, together they can shape the future direction of the ecosystem and impact the lives of countless students. Rob Abel will provide a brief overview of IMS progress and directions to help IMS Europe members think about the future.


Pain points and potential in the European education ecosystem
By Beth Havinga, Founder at Connect EdTech | Managing Director at German Alliance for Education

Spanning diverse strategies from restrictive and conservative systems through to innovatively agile concepts, the European education ecosystem presents a broad spectrum of solutions. Regardless of their approach, many countries face similar challenges within the next five years.
Navigating expanding boundaries of interconnected learning spaces and digital equity, fluid requirements for hybrid teaching models, and the capturing and assessing of learning, changes within the European education ecosystem are increasingly fast-paced. Being driven by an acknowledged digital skills gap, the goals of education systems are also being revised to accommodate future of work and competency based models. Underlying issues of trust in education systems and digital solutions remain pivotal in data privacy and ownership discussions.
Drawing on examples from multiple countries, we’ll explore challenges faced by the entire European education ecosystem, similarities and differences between demands that are being placed on these environments, and the potential for sustainable growth opportunities.


Group discussion

Meet your peers and discuss where the IMS Europe community can help you


Overview of the IMS roadmap
By Colin Smythe, Chief Architect at IMS Global Learning Consortium

Learn about the essential technical elements forming the foundation for an EdTech ecosystem.

12:30 End of the morning session


Afternoon Session


By Nynke de Boer, Program Director IMS Europe


Update on IMS Europe
By Annette Grande Furset,  Senior Advisor at Unit and representative of EUNIS,  Markus Gylling, solutions architect at IMS Global Learning Consortium and Nynke de Boer, Program Director IMS Europe.

The IMS Europe community is growing and has a good group of active and engaging members. They are represented by the IMS Europe Leadership board, a combination of Institutions, LMS providers and other vendors. The board mainly works on improving awareness of the IMS work in Europe. In the two European Task Forces,  IMS Europe members collaborate to improve the IMS standards for use in Europe.

This session provides you with an update of the work that is done. We will also discuss how you as an IMS member can contribute to the work and help identify the most critical areas for our technical work moving forward.


Keynote presentation

By Sandra Kučina Softić, head of E-Learning center of the University of Zagreb, president at EDEN, the European Distance and E-Learning Network


IMS Europe member Lightning Talk

COVID-19 effects in an online university and the role of IMS standards
By Francesc Santanach, eLearn Lab team leader and EdTech Engineer at UOC eLearn Center

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC - Open University of Catalonia) is an online university since it was established in 1995. After 25 years of practicing online learning, apparently the pandemic shouldn't have had a serious effect on us. Actually, this is not totally true because we still have some face to face processes. In this lightning talk, we will walk through how to digitize the last UOC face to face process: the final examination and proctoring.


IMS Europe member Lightning Talk

Wietze de Vries, Product Owner Sunet LMS at SUNET


Panel discussion -The institutional perspective: identifying critical focus areas in digital learning
Facilitator: Nynke de Boer, Program Director IMS EuropePanel members:

  • Gyöngyi Horváth, Community Support Officer at GÉANT
  • Andrew Law, Director of Business Innovation at The Open University UK
  • Jasmijn Jacobs-Wijn, Project Manager Digital Learning Environment at SURF

Closing remarks
By Nynke de Boer, Markus Gylling and Rob Abel, IMS Global Learning Consortium

15:00 End of the afternoon session