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November 14, 2012
IMS LTI, as it is more commonly known, is the glue that cements learning management systems with various applications that may interface with it. The idea is that you can use LTI in your learning resource to activate an external program from an LMS, no matter which LMS it is. So the announcement today is that IMS has just released version 2.0 of the LTI specification. "LTI 2, which has been under development for several years, provides a more sophisticated and extensible platform for providing deeper integrations, and greater support for services and events. For example, tool providers will be able to specify where their links should appear in the LMS and provide support for user-selected languages."
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March 22, 2011
Lisa mattson from IMS writes, "We have found a problem with the schemas/namespace of the Content Packaging schema within Common Cartridge v1.1. We have corrected the problem and set up a beta test site with the solution." The link is to the new Common Cartridge validator.
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October 12, 2010
Well, this is a pretty heady claim. "The IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC) announces that the goal of being able to develop an application or digital content one way and then seamlessly integrating it with any course management system or educational portal has been achieved." The claim is a bit more limited than it sounds - basically, it involves compatibility with two of IMS's standards, Common Cartridge and Learning Tools Interoperability. And in this, the claim is certainly believable - and I think a big part of that is that the standards were developed hand-in-hand with implementations of the standards.
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IMS has announced a partnership with the Global Learning Resource Collection (GLRC) to "help governments worldwide set-up web-based directories of educational resources searchable by national or state standards." According tot he release, "GLRC supports the trans-jurisdictional mapping of learning outcomes creating a globally connected, navigable environment for publishing and finding learning resources."
GLRC was created by JES & Co., which took over management of the Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) from the U.S. Department of Education and converted it into the Gateway to 21st Century Skills. "Since its establishment in the early 1990s, JES & Co. has led and managed The Achievement Standards Network (ASN), The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, The Gateway to 21st Century Skills (formerly known as GEM), the Dell Academy, the Intel Student Certification Program, and Microsoft's Partners in Learning."
Through these links I found iLearn Technology and, more importantly, the i:earn Technology Bloggers Alliance, a collection of 48 educational technology bloggers. The 21st Century Skills bloggers - Peggy's Corner and Joann's Weekly Picks - have joined this 'alliance'. I've added all 48 to my aggregator. (This may not be new to you, but it's all new to me.)
I know people love public-private partnerships but I approach all this with some caution. Selecting a resource at random (which I see after the fact was featured in Peggy's Corner) I see that it's all about Peeps - the particular resource I looked at was titled 'Explore Shadows." The first link I licked in it - this one from WGBH, a PBS station in Boston - popped up a marketing survey from some research company (I closed it by instinct and now I can't get it back). There are recommended books, and a Peep Event Kit. According to the credits the original Peep cartoons were created by Canada's National Film Board while PEEP and the Big Wide World was created by Eggbox Media, LLC. If I followed another resource, would it be tied with another product line?
[Comment] [Direct Link] [Tags: Microsoft, Books, Project Based Learning, Research, Marketing, Web Logs, Google, Copyrights, Blogger, Canada]
May 17, 2010
More stuff from IMS being announced before the actual meetings (where it is 8:26 a.m. as I write). This is "the beginning of public review of the Learning Information Services (LIS) standards that provide open web services for provisioning of cohorts and grade book exchange between student systems and educational applications and learning management systems." I am a bit less sanguine about this one, because it has the potential to be as robust and as privacy-preserving as Facebook Connect.
[Comment] [Direct Link] [Tags: Books, Information, IMS Project, Web Services, Privacy Issues]
May 17, 2010
IMS has announced the public final status of its basic Learning Tools Interoperability standard. It does this just before quarterly meetings, which start this morning, take place in Long Beach (which makes me wonder, wouldn't the members at the meeting vote on them or something? or maybe the press release anticipated a vote?). Anyhow, the announcement has been released - it's only in PDF and doesn't yet appear on the website (I checked). LTI is a good idea - "It provides a common application launch and single-sign-on framework to supplement or replace vendor-specific APIs." And it was supported through this development cycle with actual code, not just specifications, which also makes it a much more solid standard.
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May 12, 2010
The 2009 IMS annual report has been released. Robe Abel writes, in an email, "We have seen substantial growth in a time when most standards organizations are contracting. In 2009, IMS continued to add new member organizations at a robust rate, although the economic struggles forced many to relinquish membership - resulting in the proverbial 'flat' year. However, already in 2010 we are seeing a return to substantial net growth in membership to a total of 150. We are also seeing record sponsorships and attendance for the upcoming Learning Impact 2010, by substantial margins over previous years." PDF document.
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April 21, 2010
My colleague Guillaume Durand has posted working papers on simple learning design (SLD) to IMS for comments. "The main idea behind SLD 2.0 was to keep the essence of learning design in a voluntary simplistic specification easily usable as an add-on for IMS-CC 1.0. Several documents are already available."
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July 13, 2009
From IMS: "Warwick Bailey, of IMS member Icodeon and Rob Abel of IMS have authored a paper that considers the options for evolving Simple Sequencing. Over the years most have concluded that Simple Sequencing has not been "simple" to implement in SCORM 2004 (the only known implementation of the specification)... The result is an approach that may work both for SCORM (self-paced online instruction) and the new Common Cartridge standard (for instructor-in-the-loop educational content)." Although document is public, access requires a (free) login to the online IMS community. I don't know why IMS requires this; it just breaks links and creates the possibility of unwanted email.
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August 14, 2008
March 3, 2008
January 22, 2008
'Community Source' is a euphemism for 'closed source' or 'source available only to our community'. As for the 'open' Common Cartridge standards, you still have to be a member of the community to view them too. PDF press release. The main thing to take note of here is that the Common Cartridge standard - which is intended to allow learning resources to play (properly) on many different learning management systems - is moving forward.
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January 4, 2008
From the email: "To address the opportunities presented by the next generation textbook, IMS GLC has formed a Project Group Under Formation Special Interest Group (PUFSIG) on Dynamic Instructional Content Exchange (DICE). The initial purpose of the DICE PUFSIG will be to develop use cases and end-user requirements for a dynamic, digital substitute for the traditional student textbook." Because, of course, there's been no work on digital textbooks, so IMS will have to invent it from scratch. There's no indication of a website; it appears to be part of the Common cartridge initiative, to which I link in the headline, but there's an email address you can contact. Nice communications strategy. Sheesh.
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November 18, 2005
From the email announcement: "IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc. has released the IMS Tool Interoperability v1 Guidelines... The IMS Tools Interoperability (TI) approach addresses the growing demand for a reusable mechanism for integrating third-party tools with core LMS platforms." OK. But what gets me is this announcement on the IMS page: "HTML documents may be viewed online, but may not be printed without permission." Wha...? Ooops, my finger slipped... it's printing... oh nooooooo....
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July 14, 2005
The IMS e-portfolio specification was recently released. The intent of this specification is to encourage interoperability between e-portfolio systems, as is clear in the use cases. And it seems to reflect a view of portfolios as being used in assessment, or at best, as a sort of resume. I don't know, maybe that's good. What I did like was the idea of support for different 'views' of a portfolio, allowing an owner to tailor the output for different pruposes. Also worth noting is the identification of portfolio owners using the IMS Learner Information Package, which again enables (and maybe assumes) a tight connection between learner goals, learning outcomes, portfolio contents, and assessment. See also An overview of e-portfolios, by George Lorenzo and John Ittelson.
[Comment] [Direct Link] [Tags: EDUCAUSE, Interoperability, Information, IMS Project, Assessment, E-Portfolios]
As the press release explains, "The OSIDs define application programming interface specifications for service-oriented systems that are being adopted by a number of commercial and open source eLearning software products." The idea is to coordinate the specifications being used by OKI with the standards being developed by IMS.
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March 26, 2004
IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc. has released the IMS Shareable State Persistence v1.0 Public Draft Specification. The idea here is that if you have state information in a content object - for example, the number of the last page a reader was looking at - and you need to store it somewhere, then you need a mechanism for knowing where you've stored it. This is important when multiple systems work together. A flight simulator, for example, may record the current location of an aircraft. If this information were discoverable, then a second flight simulator could find information stored by the first flight simulator and add this information into its own display. The way it works is that when a content object connects with a learning management system, it is given a "bucket" in which to store this information. The specification deals with identifying buckets and how to store information in them. The documentation is very clear; the Best Practices document, for example, gives you no context whatsoever. Begin with the fourth document (IMS Shareable State Persistence SCORM Application Profile) before trying to decode the remaining three. IMS is open for comments on this until May 26.
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March 22, 2004
IMS is undertaking a review of the IMS Learner Information Package v1.0 and Accessibility for LIP v1.0 specifications. This web site has been set up to collect problems, and if you're curious (like me), this site lets you view the publicly available problem descriptions (no doubt other, more proprietary, issues are kept confidential).
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March 16, 2004
Like Scott Leslie, I had not seen this paper before (getting information from IMS continues to be a problem). The authors take us through issues related to the connecting of (what they call) "information environments and learning environments," that is, between library systems and learning content management systems. Leslie comments, "This draft paper... is in my mind a model of clarity on the reasons for why these beasts are different (for one, the 'transient' versus 'archival' nature of their contents) but also why and how they need to interoperate."
[Comment] [Direct Link] [Tags: Content Management Systems, Interoperability, Information, IMS Project, Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS)]
October 7, 2003
Just what the world needs: another e-learning standard. This one, to be developed by IMS in conjunction with the British Standards Institution (BSI), will be called "UKLeaP" (British Standard BS8788 UK Lifelong Learning Profile) and will be an application profile of the Learner Information Package (LIP), "a generic skeleton for information about learners' experience, capabilities, credentials, and preferences."
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September 9, 2003
From D'Arcy Norman and CETIS comes this link to the IMS Vocabulary Definition Exchange. The purpose of VDEX, in a nutshell, is to allow people to define and exchange vocabularies for learning object and related metadata. Wilbert Kraan summarizes, "Outside of fun exercises for linguistics undergraduates, the main application of vocabularies in learning technology is to facilitate the tailoring of existing, global standards to the needs of a particular community, i.e. application profiling."
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August 27, 2002
The IMS Technical Board has accepted the Digital Repositories Interoperability (DRI) v1.0 Public Draft. According to the email note sent yesterday by Norm Friesen to the Standards mailing list, "the specification outlines ways of sharing metadata and digital resources between networked databases. The specification attempts to accommodate both accepted means of accomplishing this (e.g. Z39.50, FTP) as well as relevant, emerging technologies (e.g. SOAP, XQuery)." The standard consists of three documents: the core information model, the XML binding specification, and the best practices and implementation guide.
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May 16, 2002
The IMS Simple Sequencing Specification is now available on the project website - though it is dated April 22, it has been the subject of a recent vote by the consortium. The specification defines a method for representing the intended behavior of an authored learning experience so a learning technology system (such as a learning management system (LMS)) can sequence discrete learning activities. The specification is available in PDF or HTML and the site also includes XML Bindings, DTDs, and Examples.
[Comment] [Direct Link] [Tags: Project Based Learning, XML, IMS Project, Experience, Metadata, Online Learning]