Frequently Asked Questions

What problem does the 1EdTech Registry solve?

Seamless integration of technology ensures that digital tools and resources are ready to use on day one of class and easily accessible for the needs of teachers and students.  The OneRoster and LTI standards have already radically reduced the time and expense associated with educational technology (learning environments, digital resources, learning apps/tools, student information systems) integrations. However, variability in the implementation of the standards across a large number of suppliers has prevented true plug and play interoperability that ultimately draws collective community efforts away from a single ecosystem that all stakeholders are jointly investing in. 1EdTech ensures a single ecosystem, based on verifiable use of open standards, that maximizes return on investment in integration across all stakeholders.

What is the 1EdTech Registry?

1EdTech is software that makes it easy for learning applications and platforms that implements standards-based products to connect and pass data in a secure and trusted manner. 1EdTech provides a registry of information that allows connections to be set up and a connection service that tests connections to ensure they work properly. 1EdTech also functions as a security identification provider to ease implementation of highly secure connections.  The software is set up to support the OneRoster and LTI standards, with an initial focus on OneRoster for K-12 and LTI Advantage (security management only initially) for higher education. Each entity that connects via 1EdTech will work closely with IMS staff to register and test the standards-based connections.

Why is 1EdTech a breakthrough?

1EdTech is a very important next stage of realization of the educational technology sector, suppliers and institutions, creating their own future with respect to a  vibrant innovation ecosystem of connected products. Ten years ago very few educational products were connected via open standards, making integrations too expensive for institutions, while resulting in very poor user experiences. Today, the successful adoption of integration standards from IMS have changed this situation, enabling many digital products to be fully integrated on day one in many school districts. 1EdTech’s goal is to accelerate the growth of this already successful IMS open-standards based ecosystem to become by far the simplest and most effective approach to educational technology product integrations.

Why is 1EdTech Supporting the OneRoster and LTI Standards?

IMS OneRoster and LTI are the most widely adopted educational technology standards in the world.  LTI Advantage provides the best way to enable seamless interoperability of learning applications within learning platforms. OneRoster provides the best way to authorize user access to a wide range of digital products. Both LTI Advantage and OneRoster provide a trusted, secure and privacy-enabled mechanism for transfer of user information, progress and results data.  It is anticipated that 1EdTech will be able to support additional IMS standards-based connections over time.

Is the 1EdTech Registry a data store or app catalog?

1EdTech does not replace the actual operational data connections between an edtech supplier and institution.  Once a connection is set up, the data flows directly between the two parties without an intermediary. 1EdTech is not an “app store” where products can be purchased. Products are still licensed through the normal manner between a product provider and institution.

Who’s leading 1EdTech?  What commitment are they making?

1EdTech is being led by the IMS Global Learning Consortium, the world’s leading standard-setting organization for educational technology. IMS Global has grown from 50 member organizations to over 450 since 2006. 1EdTech development is funded directly by IMS Global and a set of corporate and philanthropic sponsors who would like to see acceleration of the standards-based educational technology ecosystem. Sponsors participate on advisory groups (executive and technical) that provide advice and support to IMS on the project.

Is 1EdTech a competitor to existing products or services?

No. 1EdTech does not take the place of any existing products and is designed to work along with existing standards-based software of all types.  1EdTech is purely a collaboration among school districts and suppliers to take full advantage of standards-based integrations by having a scalable central registry and connection service that ensures that products can connect using the open standards, taking into account potential variability in the integration features offered across products.  

Are All IMS Members Currently Involved in 1EdTech?

No. 1EdTech is being guided by a select group of adopting school districts and suppliers they have chosen to work with in the pilot phase. However, once the initial 1EdTech capability is in place (Fall 2018) all IMS members will be asked to participate in a phased scale-up. The service is free of charge to any IMS member organization.