IMS GLC Webinar Series

IMS GLC Webinar Series

IMS GLC offers and participates in a variety of webinars. Check out the current list of upcoming webinars and join us for an event. Or check out the archive of a past webinar.
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Every Library Should Have Their Own CASA App Store: Share Your Mobile and LTI Apps
October 27, 2014 

The "App Store" model has provided consumers with almost limitless choice and flexibility in customizing the user experience. Thanks to IMS standards, such as Learning Tools InteroperabilityR (LTIR), we're beginning to see that same kind of flexibility enter the education app space. The Community App Sharing Architecture (CASA), an open source collaboration being led by the IMS Global and UCLA, provides the framework that allows institutions to access apps from a network of app stores instead of just one, vendor curated marketplace. Learn how your institution can use CASA to publish, provide and curate LTI and Mobile Web apps for education for your campus community and the higher ed community.

Hap Aziz, IMS Global, Connected Learning Innovation Community Facilitator
Eric Bollens, Open Source Architect, University of California Los Angeles
Rose Rocchio, Director Education and Collaborative Technologies, OIT, UCLA Director IT, MobilizeLabs, University of California Los Angeles


The Power of Personalization - How Adaptive Technology is Transforming Teaching and Learning Webinar

The promise of personalization to impact the practice of teaching and learning and deliver more meaningful skills and knowledge development for all learners is the extremely tall order facing educators today. In an era of unprecedented budget constraints, human resource limitations, burgeoning class sizes and one of the most complex student demographics in history, educators from K-20 are challenged to deliver that personalized, one-on-one instruction that is the hallmark of an engaging and optimal learning experience. So what can educators do? How can they harness learning content and engage learners in a truly personalized learning experience? Is adaptive learning the answer?  In this webinar, you will learn how adaptive technology works to improve learning outcomes and helps drive individual learner progress and achievement – all from within your current learning environment. Learn how all of this is accomplished using IMS LTI standards.

Hap Aziz, IMS Global, Connected Learning Innovation Community Facilitator
Bill Bilic, Desire2Learn – VP Adaptive Learning


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Learning Information Services - October 12, 2010 - View Recording

The IMS GLC Learning Information Services (LIS) specification is designed to simplify the integration of student information systems with e-learning systems e.g. learning management systems, assessment systems, etc. Deployments in Higher Education and K-12/Schools are now occurring from many SIS and LMS suppliers. Join us as we explain the LIS specification and its uses, and describe the conformance programme being established by IMS GLC.

LODE and Resource Repositories, co-organized by ASPECT and IMS GLC - September 21, 2010 - View Recording
Presenters: David Massart and Elena Shulman, European Schoolnet (EUN), Belgium

The IMS Learning Object Discovery & Exchange (LODE) specification aims to facilitate the discovery and retrieval of learning objects stored across more than one collection. LODE can be seen as a glue specification that profiles existing general-purpose protocols in order to take into account requirements specific to the educational domain, rather than creating new protocols. It proposes three main data models:

  • A LODE Context Set for the Contextual Query Language (CQL): a data model for the attributes of learning objects, which can be used for search by expressing educationally meaningful queries;
  • A data model, named Information for Learning Object eXchange (ILOX), that organizes sets of metadata on learning objects to be used in data exchange; and
  • A data model, named Learning Object Repository Registry Data Model, for learning object collections, to be used in discovering and configuring access to those collections.

The webinar will introduce the LODE specification and illustrate some of the possiblilities it offers with examples from the Learning Resource Exchange and the ASPECT project.  

Dr. David Massart is Senior Manager at the European Schoolnet where he leads research and development activities around the Learning Resource Exchange (LRE ). David is also the ASPECT project manager. He is active in the IMS Global Learning Consortium as a member of the Technical Advisory Board Steering Committee and a co-chair of the Learning Object Discovery and Exchange (LODE) working group . Since 2007, he organizes an International workshop on Search & Exchange of e-le@rning Materials (SE@M ).

Dr. Elena Shulman is the Semantic Interoperability Expert at the European Schoolnet  where she manages the Learning Resource Exchange (LRE ) and the LRE's Vocabulary Bank for Education (VBE).  She is a contributing member of the Learning Object Discovery and Exchange (LODE) working group  and co-organizer of SE@M 2010.

Addressing Student Retention and Institution-specific Learning Technology Procurement- September 7, 2010 - View Recording
As the leader of your K-12 district's or higher education institution's e-learning efforts, what does IMS have to offer you in the areas of best practices to guide your learning technology selection and procurement decisions; and, how can IMS adoption practices aid in your ability to attract and retain e-learning students?  Take a district or institutional assessment to gauge your current student retention best practices against a model created by an international group of e- learning leaders, and use this information to implement the IMS Student Induction to e-Learning adoption practice.  Apply the IMS Enterprise Learning Systems and Applications Procurement adoption practice to help guide the selection and procurement of your school's learning management system - ensuring that the selection process addresses key functional, technical (including IMS interoperability standards) and end-user requirements that meet the needs of all stakeholders.

Run Course Content Anywhere - August 24, 2010 - View Recording
A persistent challenge, for the creators of course content, learning platform administrators, and instructors, has been that different learning platforms have needed different course content packaging.  The way you had to assemble materials for one learning management system (LMS) was not necessarily going to work on another LMS.  The IMS Global Learning Consortium has been working with a critical mass of content suppliers and LMS vendors on a standard called Common Cartridge.  Come hear how this packaging convention has been implemented widely and how the promise of a universal solution is at hand.

Teachers’ use of IMS Common Cartridge- July 13, 2010

Presenters: Dr. Agueda Gras-Velazquez (European Schoolnet) and Kati Clements (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
During a Summer School organized by the ASPECT project, 40 mathematics and science teachers from Portugal, Lithuania, Romania and Portugal were asked to work with different content packaging standards. The teachers were very enthusiastic about Common Cartridge content packaging. After importing a CC package into Moodle, the teachers could remove parts that they did not need, edit the content and change the order of different resources. Many teachers requested instructions on how to adapt Moodle to use Common Cartridge packages and some teachers expressed an interest in using Common Cartridge to package their own content in order to share it with other teachers.

Before the Lisbon workshop, Agueda Gras-Velazquez, who organized the event, had anticipated that some teachers might be enthusiastic about Common Cartridge. However, while she thought teachers would appreciate the possibility of importing a cartridge into Moodle and then moving and/or changing some parts of the resource, she was unprepared for the high level of positive reaction that was witnessed. (more information on the ASPECT Summer School available at

This webinar will present the results of the ASPECT Summer School and explain why common cartridge seem particularly well-suited to address teachers’ needs.

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IMS Learning Tools Interoperability - Update - July 2009

Presenter: Charles Severance
Length: 1 hour presentation 0.5 hours questions

This webinar will give an overview of the IMS Learning Tools Interoperability specification.  IMS LTI allows externally hosted tools and content to be integrated into a Learning Management System in a standard and interoperable manner.  LTI is similar in scope to Blackboard Building Blocks, WebCT PowerLinks, and the Blackboard 9 Proxy tool pattern.   LTI gives tool builders the ability to write one integration and integrate their tool into a number of LMS systems without writing any LMS-specific code or LMS specific plugin.  IMS LTI functions as the "universal plugin point" to any LMS which supports LTI.    IMS LTI also will be integrated into the IMS Common Cartridge v1.1, allowing publishers and LMS systems to produce cartridges with authenticated links back to protected content hosted on publisher servers.  The webinar will cover the timeline and scope for the LTIv2.0 specification under development as well as the BasicLTI profile of LTI. 

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June 2007
Webinar: Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) in Education - from Top to Bottom
In the education segment worldwide, ICT leaders are looking for ways to enable the integration of new functionality and innovations into the learning enterprise. The emergence of SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) holds great promise in making core cross-enterprise functions and new applications available across the enterprise and simplifying the choreography to support compelling business processes. This allows more rapid and cost effective response of the ICT infrastructure to changing requirements.

However, how does an educational institution begin to achieve progress toward implementing SOA? Support of SOA needs to be provided at all levels of the enterprise stack and, perhaps most importantly, the move to SOA should be driven by business needs. What are the realistic possibilities and priorities in education today?

In this first of a series of Learning Impact webinars on SOA, the IMS Global Learning Consortium brings together experts from leading providers of SOA-enabled products and services in the education segments. Each of the organizations, Cisco Systems, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle provide their own unique focus on infrastructure, applications, and services. They will each provide their advice on what to consider, how to begin, and what are the real products or services available today. They will then take questions from the audience.

The presenters/panelists and topics are:

  • Rob Abel, CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium, moderator
  • Mamoun Hirzalla, Senior SOA Architect, IBM, Engineering the ICT infrastructure for change using IBM's SOA-related technologies and offerings, including middleware, hardware, and services
  • Cliff Lloyd, Program Manager, Microsoft Education Products Group, The Microsoft Learning Gateway is a real-world application of SOA, currently improving teaching and learning outcomes all over the world through "anytime, anyplace" access to relevant information for all members of a learning community.
  • Colin Smythe, Chief Architect, IMS Global Learning Consortium, moderator
  • Craig Smythe, Education Solutions Manager, Cisco Systems, Service-Oriented Network Architecture (SONA) for integrated services
  • Markus Zirn, Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Why executives and managers should care about SOA and the intersection of middleware and enterprise applications

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October 2006

  • Integrated Assessment Products and Strategies: Gauging Student Achievement and Institutional Performance


    Leading educators and institutions are finding that new tools and strategies are allowing them to integrate assessment into the learning process, benefiting both the student and the institution. Join us for a blue-ribbon panel presentation and discussion on effective use of assessments in higher education.

    This webinar will explore the current state of Internet-delivered assessments, as well as emerging trends in how assessments and outcome analytics are being used to enhance student achievement in higher education institutions, ranging from Community Colleges, For-Profits, to Elite Institutions

    Neil Allison- Director, Product Marketing, Blackboard
    Sarah Bradford - Vice President of Product Management, eCollege
    David Smetters - President, Respondus, Inc.
    Colin Smythe - Chief Specification Strategist, IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc.

    Rob Abel, CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc.

    View the Recording ** Please note that the archive starts a few minutes after the session began**




  • Learning Impact Webinar: The Next Phase of Educational Technology
    Presented by Mike King, IBM and Rob Abel, IMS

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May 2006
Horizon Wimba's Desktop Lecture Series presentation by Rob Abel of the IMS about What's Next in Learning Technology in Higher Education?