Single Sign On, rostering, and access to digital resources through integrations such as Thin Common Cartridge are not just IT areas of concern. These are core areas that have instructional impact when they are not implemented consistently with standards. That is why I am happy so many publishers have worked with IMS Global on the plug and play edtech revolution.
Many higher education institutions and K-12 school districts are the largest employers in their region, but as pointed out by in this prescient paper on the future of educational information technology even the largest institutions lack sufficient resources to invest adequately in instructional technology innovation. The bottom line is that collaboration among institutions is required to address the daunting challenge of creating the future of teaching and learning and the required supporting technologies.
What type of collaboration will advance innovation while reducing unnecessary costs?
Education needs to leverage the power of a common architecture built on open, community-governed standards that allow an institution to quickly and easily customize their edtech environment, thus creating an ecosystem that enables and supports creativity. Such a platform would reduce investment on repetitive integrations, lower barriers to entry, and focus investment on educational innovation.
This cannot be a single platform provided by one company or evolved by a single institution or supplier, due to the required diversity and inclusion of education. As described in the breakthrough article, A New Architecture for Learning, this architecture must be achieved via an educational community (institutional and supplier) collaboration and based on open standards. No one contributor owns, but all contribute.
The IMS Global community is leading the definition, development, adoption, and evolution of this architecture and resulting business ecosystem for the purpose of advancing educational innovation.