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 and K-12 institutions are moving beyond "one size fits all" towards next generation digital learning environments that support greater personalization of educational experiences by creating a technology foundation that allows for the seamless integration of digital technologies and products--as pointed out in this article--Shaping the Educational Ecosytem. Moving towards next generation learning environments can be daunting because many institutions lack the resources to invest adequately in instructional technology innovation. The good news is there is a way for institutions of all sizes to accelerate progress via collaboration to create 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 an open ecosystem enabled by community-governed standards that allow an institution to quickly and easily customize their edtech environment, thus creating a teaching and learning environment that enables and supports creativity and customization. Such an environment would reduce investment on repetitive integrations, lower barriers to entry, and focus investment on educational innovation to improve outcomes.
The IMS Global community of higher education institutions, K-12 districts, government agencies, and edtech suppliers are working together to enable academic transformation by creating an expansive digital ecosystem of interoperable products for the purpose of advancing educational innovation. An ecosystem that no one contributor owns, but all contribute.