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IMS Major Initiatives Roadmap

Updated July 2020

 

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Please direct any questions or comments about the IMS Roadmap Update and Plans for 2020-2021 to Mark Leuba at mleuba@imsglobal.org.

 

DIGITAL CREDENTIALS & PATHWAYS

Digital credentials are reshaping the way we think about education and professional development by enabling lifelong learner-control of their evidence-based skills and achievements and supporting the transition to standards-based and competency-based learning.
 

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PROGRAM MANAGER

UPDATE & KEY EVENTS

PLANS NEXT 6-12 MONTHS

Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange® (CASE®) Kathryn Green Members’ field experience with CASE 1.0 has informed the current backlog for version 1.1 and prioritized stories are under review for charter development. Enhancements include support for rich text, course code management, and competency framework type definitions. Project group developments for a CASE 1.1 base document will commence upon charter approval by the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). The upcoming version of the specification will also include normalization, technical maturity, and interoperability improvements.
CASE Network Kathryn Green The CASE Network is growing with key partnerships. ACT is now a Preferred Services Provider, offering additional benefits for CASE Network users who are IMS members. More states, virtual learning organizations, and workforce providers will join the CASE Network, making it the premier academic standards provider at zero-cost.
Comprehensive Learner Record Jeff Bohrer CLR 1.0 is available now for early adopters to support use cases from K-12 and higher education. IMS certification of early adopters is currently underway. A number of demonstration tools have been developed for members’ use including the CLR Wallet, CLR Builder, and API’s to test CLR interoperability. IMS is emphasizing support for members’ implementations of CLR 1.0 including a taskforce with AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) developing a CLR User’s Guide furthering the maturity of an interoperable CLR ecosystem. On completion of the minimum number of certified platforms, CLR 1.0 will be taken to the IMS Technical Advisory Board for voting as final.
Open Badges Jeff Bohrer Twenty-three products are now certified for Open Badges 2.0. OB 2.1 (Badge Connect), the federated Open Badges exchange is available now for implementation. Conformance certification of early adopters is in progress. The Open Badges project group is drafting recommendations for Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) in Open Badges. Supporting and promotion certification of Open Badges 2.0 and 2.1/Badge Connect among technology suppliers. OB 2.1 will be taken to the Technical Advisory Board for vote and published as final. The OB project group will review recommendations regarding potential support for DIDs in Open Badges, and contribute to documenting the adoption of Open Badges in a Comprehensive Learner Record.
 

LEARNING DATA & ANALYTICS

Clickstream learning data from all digital resources—available in real-time and viewable using any dashboard—can help inform student success strategies, institutional academic decisions, instructional design, and provides a common data format for research on student learning.
 

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PLANS NEXT 6-12 MONTHS

OneRoster® Joshua McGhee At the time of publication, 24 products are certified for OneRoster 1.1, which represents impressive growth. The Ecosystem Accelerator Program now provides superior interoperability verification for OneRoster products and districts. Work has completed on the base specification for OneRoster 1.2 which adds support for score scales, user-specific resources, and alignment with academic standards via CASE. The IMS technical team will expand the certification suite for OneRoster 1.2 and market communications will be developed to announce key features and the support tools for members to more easily adopt the enhanced standard.
Caliper Analytics® Joshua McGhee Caliper Analytics 1.2 expands the use cases supported by the learning analytics standard, soon to be released to the Technical Advisory Board for a final vote and member certification. Caliper 1.2 introduces new profiles: Feedback, Resource Management, Search, Survey, and Tool Launch as well as an update to the Tool Use Profile to allow for the capture of events showing cumulative progress with a final release targeted for August 2020.  IMS staff will support members' adoption of the Caliper learning analytics profiles that meet their analytics needs. Caliper is a highly extensible core standard designed to also support optional metric profiles for specific learner analytics cases including structured or unstructured data. We encourage members to propose profiles to support their learning analytics solutions.
TrustEd Apps and Data Privacy Kevin Lewis IMS has instituted TrustEd Apps vetting as a feature of the IMS Product Directory for members to log in and learn more about vetted apps. The project group is gathering use cases and investigating ways to transfer privacy and security information via LTI to admins, teachers, students. Expand TrustEd Apps in IMS and draft requirements for sharing privacy and security data via LTI to include as an LTI extension. Develop a comprehensive strategy integrating the TrustEd Apps vetting process, LTI Privacy, and the European GDPR regulation.   
Results Management and Reporting Joshua McGhee The Results Management Task Force has designed and developed a new profile for the Gradebook Service of OneRoster 1.2 entitled the Assessment Results Profile (ARP), allowing the transfer of a score hierarchy (e.g. test, section, item) and non-class related scores, aligned to academic standards, learning outcomes and competencies via CASE. This work is to be available as a standalone certification in addition to the OneRoster 1.2 services.  The initial ARP project group has met its goals and will disband. A new charter will be developed to expand the integrated Results Management across other IMS specifications including LTI, QTI, and Caliper, and develop a common glossary and model for exchanging results anywhere in the IMS teaching and learning ecosystem.
Edu-API Joshua McGhee Edu-API is a new specification in the OneRoster portfolio to provide data movement between enterprise systems (e.g., student information systems) and a broad range of potential consuming systems, including teaching and learning platforms and data repositories on-premises and in the cloud. Currently in design and development, version 1.0 candidate final is on track for Q3 2020 with the initial supplier and institutional implementations beginning in the summer.   The group has adopted an agile iteration process to get the specification to market in a faster and more thoroughly vetted manner. After completion of Edu-API 1.0 and early certified implementations, the working group will immediately roll into 1.1 development focused on expanding the entities and resources covered, including Results.
Student Learning Data Model Joshua McGhee IMS specifications share an implicit information model, with each emphasizing a specific area or domain of teaching and learning. The Student Learning Data Model brings these domains together and presents a non-technical resource for exploration and discovery of the breadth and depth of valuable data available through IMS standards to inform decision making and analytics. More technical users can drill down into the SLDM to see actual linkages to IMS specifications. The launch of the SLDM is scheduled for the late summer 2020 and will include the current IMS ecosystem elements. The model is designed to support cross-walks with non-IMS vocabularies and the future plan is to begin to represent those based on IMS member interest, starting with a CEDS crosswalk. 
 

INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT

Digital assessment is made easier if there is a common format for exchanging test questions, structures, and scores, and presenting test content to students in a way that meets their personal needs and preferences while providing institutions with the ability to analyze results.
 

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PLANS NEXT 6-12 MONTHS

Question and Test Interoperability® (QTI®) Mark McKell QTI 3.0 is being released as a public candidate final document in July 2020. A handful of early adopters have demonstrated interoperability or achieved conformance certification at the Level 1 Entry set of requirements. Desiring a higher level of standard capability, the QTI product steering committee and project group are challenging members to complete Level 2 Core conformance certification prior to submitting the specification for final vote and release. Complete multiple product certifications to the Level 2 Core requirements for QTI 3.0. Submit the specification to the Technical Advisory Board for the final release. Kick off a certification competition and other programs like monthly community roundtable meetings, development resources, etc. to encourage wide market adoption. The QTI project group will also collaborate on the next iteration of the ecosystem Results Management program. 
Computer Adaptive Testing Mark McKell Computer Adaptive Testing integrates assessment systems to adaptive testing engines allowing students to experience an adaptive, personalized exam. The specification is in the candidate final stage awaiting completion of the service model, after which it will be published as public candidate final. Multiple systems have already implemented and demonstrated interoperability. Prepare the CAT conformance testing and certification processes and documentation. Submit the specification to the Technical Advisory Board for final vote.
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Mark McKell The Smarter Balanced organization is building open source systems to export QTI 3.0 as an output format. The demand for this capability comes from states and vendors looking to have QTI be the interoperable exchange format. The task force has documented mappings between QTI 3.0 and the SBAC proprietary format. Complete the mapping documentation. Create a profile for validation and conformance certification. Publish the mapping documentation to the public.
 

LEARNING PLATFORMS, APPS & TOOLS

Scalable, seamless, and secure integration of all digital content, learning tools, and assessment products into an institution’s digital learning environment is the most effective way to support next-generation teaching and learning.
 
 

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PLANS NEXT 6-12 MONTHS

Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) and LTI Advantage Mark McKell

Certified adoption of LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage services continues to grow among platforms and tools. The fully functioning Reference Implementation and open source libraries from members help others adopt and test their products much faster. New monthly LTI Roundtable meetings are very well attended (50+) and provide targeted implementation guidance, demonstrations, and Q&A. 

Three new services now available for LTI 1.3 include Submission Review, Course Group, and Caliper Analytics Connector. The current activity is focused on Automatic/Dynamic Tool Registration.  
 

Expand efforts to assist the market to adopt LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage, especially current LTI 1.1 products. Continue working on additional extensions/services such as dynamic registration, calendar integration, mobile, and others.   
 
Work with new IMS member Zoom and other Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) providers to assist institutions to securely and seamlessly integrate and manage UCaaS in their teaching, learning and analytics ecosystem.  
LTI Proctoring Service Mark McKell LTI Proctoring Services is an extension of LTI 1.3. The specification is published as a public candidate final document. IMS staff are working with members to encourage adoption and define conformance certification. The LTI Proctoring Service has recently been added to the LTI Reference Implementation making adoption easier for IMS members. Submit to the Technical Advisory Board for final vote and publish the public draft specification as final following the successful certification of multiple assessment platforms and proctoring services. 
LTI Resource Search Kathryn Green LTI Resource Search defines search parameters for a learning catalog or repository, including search by CASE-based learning standards, and delivers resources with full metadata via LTI or URL. Version 1.0 is publicly available.    The focus will be on increasing implementations and helping institutions understand the value of standards-based search to their ecosystem. New resources will be published including RFP language and exploration of additional search needs within the IMS ecosystem.
LTI Insights Joshua McGhee

LTI Insights is an analytics resource made available for members to understand and manage their LTI based tool ecosystem, including auditability of any personal data exchange potentially contained in LTI messages.

Based on Caliper profiles Tool Launch and Tool Use, the LTI Insights components available include a purpose-built data lake and sample dashboard queries for member’s use. 
 

Learning platforms need to implement the Caliper Tool Launch and tools need to implement the Tool Use profile for institutions to establish a high-visibility lens into the use of their online learning ecosystem. For this valuable data to be available, institutional members need to establish expectations that Tool Launch and Tool use are required from their product suppliers.
 

ADAPTIVE DIGITAL CURRICULUM

Packaging learning content from different sources and streamlining the management of digital resources saves valuable instruction time and provides greater choice and flexibility that leads to better learning experiences.
 

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PLANS NEXT 6-12 MONTHS

AccessForAll® Mark McKell AccessForAll is now included as a component in QTI 3.0 and the AccessForAll 3.0 specification is available as a public draft.  The Personal Needs and Preferences specification will be updated to align with QTI 3.0.
Common Cartridge® and Thin Common Cartridge Kathryn Green Version 1.4 available for testing. This new version features a K-12 profile, alignment to CASE, line item to LTI links, and OpenVideo as a resource (when available).  The group will monitor implementations, update documentation as needed, and partner with suppliers and institutions to continue to increase adoption.  
OpenVideo Joshua McGhee The OpenVideo Metadata Standard defines a format for creating rich media content that describes captured rich media in a standardized way such that management solutions that support the standard can exchange the media. The next steps include finalization of supporting standards documents, completion of the certification suite, and publishing of the Certification Guide.