IMS Global Announces the Educational App Store Project

News and perspectives on the commons, Apr 09, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Educational institutions have good reason to be wary of commercial app stores, according to this press release from IMS. "The 'take it or leave it' proprietary vertical integration strategies of consumer-oriented providers of digital books and applications, that maximizes their ability to create revenues from sales of such resources, have left educational institutions with a conundrum. Do we dare dictate to our students and teachers a "preferred platform?" Of course, the answer to that question needs to be 'no.'" Quite so - and so I see the value in this project. The design phase begins right away, with designs presented at the May conference, with development planned to follow over the summer.

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