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The importance of standards within the EdTech ecosystem

We are delighted to announce that the next TF-EDU community workshop will take place on Thursday, 7 January 2021 at 14:00-15:30 CET.

In the last year the education sector has progressively relied on ICT due to the COVID pandemic. To add educational value, many universities have implemented new ICT tools leading to the creation of the so-called EdTech ecosystem.

In order to make this EdTech ecosystem reliable, flexible, future proof and accessible to all, it is essential to focus also on the interoperability between tools, sharing data, data governance and accessibility. The easiest and most sustainable way to do this is by working with existing and well-adopted EdTech standards (agreements).

IMS Global is a community of institutions, vendors, schools, publishers and other EdTech related partners that has developed a series of well adopted standards and tools to help organisatons create a robust EdTech ecosystem. Examples include: LTI (which defines the interoperability between tools on a detailed level), OpenBadges, EduAPI, QTI and the App Vetting tool. These standards form the foundation of the EdTech ecosystem.

In this workshop, we will share some practical examples of standards, introduce some of the relevant EdTech standards and discuss how institution can benefit from them. Finally, we will hear from some of the members of our community on how they contribute to the IMS Global community and discuss the role that some organisations could play in this context.

We will welcome the following presenters: Nynke de Boer (IMS Global), Michael Webb (Jisc), Jasmijn Wijn (SURF), Wietze de Vries (Sunet)

To prepare for our workshop, we recommend watching this video of the Technical University of Eindhoven.

Are you ready to join? You can register here.

More detailed information on the standards of IMS Global in relation to GÉANT can be found here. This document is based on the questions raised at the GÉANT Education Task Force meeting in Budapest in November 2019.

We looking forward to seeing you all in 2021!

TF-EDU Steering Committee

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