IMS Europe Summit 2020 Agenda (Day 2)

Evolving a Plug-and-Play Ecosystem in Europe

Monday, November 9


This session provides background on plug-and-play ecosystems and the LTI standard via a series of lightning talks by IMS members, a couple of interesting keynote speakers, and two expert panels comprising a range of LMS vendors, tool providers, and their customers. We will have time for you to meet your fellow attendees in smaller groups to discuss how you can contribute to enabling a more connected ecosystem and the role that IMS standards play.




All times listed are in Central European Time

Morning Session — Share stories on successes and challenges on how to accelerate the use of LTI Advantage.


By Nynke de Boer, Program Director IMS Europe


The HANburger model
Esther van Popta, Strategic Policy Advisor Education and Research with ICT at HAN University of Applied Sciences
A few years ago, we developed our vision of the Digital Learning, Work and Research Environment (DLWO) for HAN University of Applied Sciences. With the aim of enabling a personal and flexible environment for our students, teachers and researchers, we have developed a concept of loosely coupled components, the HANburger model. This environment offers both generic and specific functionalities on three levels of our infrastructure: basic, choice and free. We are currently building the new environment. This concept helped us survive in times of Covid-19. What are the benefits and what are the challenges of this approach?



Smaller breakout groups for attendees to meet and discuss


IMS Europe member Lightning Talk

CDSM, a Welsh learning technology provider in Egypt
By Darren Wallace, Chief Technical Officer at CDSM
Our story is about our work in the Egyptian Knowledge Bank project, where we’ve been contracted to deliver our learning platform, Thinqi, to every school in Egypt (around 22 million users). We're the new kid on the block in this international space, and we’re working with some of the largest educational publishers in the world, all with their own proprietary set of APIs. We found very early on that establishing a set of open standards for the project that everyone could agree on was necessary to ensure that this complex project environment could work. LTI was essential for us to level the playing field and to ensure each provider understood what was needed to get their content to Egyptian students.


IMS Europe member Lightning Talk

Distributing free learning tools using LTI during the COVID period
By Richard Machielse,  Chief Technical Officer at FeedbackFruits

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, FeedbackFruits decided to help teachers in higher education to move their education online by giving them free access to our learning tools. We received integration requests from all over the world, which motivated us to make the integration process as smooth as possible. In this talk, we will present how LTI and LTI Advantage have helped us to connect so many new institutions, and how we would like to make this process even smoother in the future.


Panel discussion - How to accelerate the use of LTI Advantage and the role of vetting in this
Facilitated by Sidharth Oberoi, Director of Global Product, Instructure

Panel members to be decided

12:30 End of the morning session


Afternoon Session — What’s next? Innovations with LTI Advantage.


By Nynke de Boer, Program Director IMS Europe


Introduction - What’s next for LTI Advantage?
By Martin Lenord, Software Engineer at Turnitin and Chair of the LTI Working Group at IMS Global


IMS Europe member Lightning Talk

To be decided, still room for IMS Europe members


IMS Europe member Lightning Talk

To be decided, still room for IMS Europe members


The LTI launcher, starting LTI tools from anywhere

By Ronald Ham, Software Architect at SURF, Herman van Dompseler, Software Architect at SURF, and Stef Schenkelaars, Chief Technical Officer at Drieam.

SURF has commissioned Drieam to create a prototype for an LTI launcher, a middleware solution that can connect LTI apps directly to the identity and access management tooling within an institution, independently of an LMS. Since LTI is mostly used to provision users and to provide the user in the right context access to an LTI tool, the user information has been the first focus of the project. Through the leveraging of existing standards by IMS, such as OpenID Connect, creating a proof of Concept for these use cases seemed viable. In this presentation, we will show the flows that have been created. Provide insights into the build of the platform, and the challenges we are currently facing. Participants will be encouraged to come up with use cases for this platform.



Smaller breakout groups for attendees to meet and discuss


Panel discussion - Where can we improve LTI Advantage?
Facilitated by Nicolaas Matthijs, Product Director at Blackboard

Panel members to be decided

15:00 End of the afternoon session