Digital systems need to work together to meet your district’s needs, but today’s digital learning environment is disjointed. The ever-growing number of tools do not seamlessly integrate into the learning environment, thus making it time consuming for teachers to innovate and personalize instruction. Luckily, there is a way to greatly reduce the time spent manually uploading rosters so that teachers can access digital learning tools and content, search multiple platforms to find the right resources, link them in the learning platform, and automate the pass back of grades from various digital tools into their gradebook system.

How does a school district make these things possible? One way is by using IMS Global interoperability standards to achieve a successfully integrated digital ecosystem.

A quick guide to interoperability

6 steps to evolve your digital-learning ecosystem

1. What is interoperability?
Interoperability refers to the notion of different digital software systems, like a student information system, a learning management system, and digital content from a publisher, all working together automatically without any need for custom coding or complicated manual processes to get data from one system into another system.

IMS Global Learning Consortium is a non-profit member collaborative that includes more than 60 K-12 districts and state departments of education, 115 higher education institutions, and 300 edtech companies who work together to develop agreed-upon ways (aka interoperability standards) of transmitting information from one system to the next. IMS members are leading the effort to rapidly advance an edtech ecosystem in which students and teachers have better options for digital tools that work together and result in more effective teaching and learning.

(Next page: More insight and how to get started on the interoperability path)

About the Author:

Jill Hobson is a K-12 institutional program manager with IMS Global Learning Consortium. She has more than 20 years of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating software and hardware solutions in public education as well as in the private sector. Hobson joined IMS Global after working as senior education strategist for Promethean, where she provided significant insight into educational markets to lead product strategy while developing 10,000+ learning objects and professional learning online courses.


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