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. The 1EdTech service from IMS 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?
The 1EdTech application is software from IMS that makes it easy for learning applications and platforms that implement standards-based products to verify compatibility and confirm with a high degree of accuracy that they will be able to connect and pass data in a secure and trusted manner. 1EdTech provides a registry of information that allows suppliers and districts to verify their data needs and compare against each other’s requirements to ensure implementations work properly. The application has been created 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, test, and review their data and standards-based connections.
Why is 1EdTech a breakthrough?
1EdTech is a very important next stage of development in the educational technology sector, with 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 has 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. OneRoster provides the best way to authorize user access to a wide range of digital products. LTI Advantage provides the best way to enable seamless interoperability of learning applications within learning platforms. Both OneRoster and LTI Advantage 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?
No, 1EdTech is not an “app store” where products can be purchased. Products are still licensed through the normal manner between a product supplier and institution. 1EdTech provides a trusted, curated catalog of IMS certified products. In addition 1EdTech allows institutions to prepare their data for successful implementations through tools and processes that enable them to compare and validate their data with the requirements of the products in the catalog.
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 in 2006 to over 500. The development of the 1EdTech service 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 in 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 or services and is designed to work along with existing standards-based software of all types. 1EdTech is purely a service to encourage and assist collaboration among school districts and suppliers to take full advantage of standards-based integrations that ensure 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 advising school districts and suppliers that have chosen to work with IMS in the pilot phase. Once the initial 1EdTech capability is in place (Fall 2019), all IMS members will be able to participate as we grow the service.
What is the cost for access to the 1EdTech service?
Once the initial pilot phase is complete, the 1EdTech service will be available free of charge to all IMS member organizations.