NEWS & TRENDS: IMS Announces First EdTech Solutions to Achieve LTI Advantage Certification

IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global/IMS) announced today the first IMS Global members to achieve certification for LTI Advantage.

LTI Advantage is an interoperability standard for learning platforms and application integration. It provides educational institutions and edtech suppliers with a core integration strategy for enabling plug-and-play interoperability that improves usability and secures data. 

Blackboard, Instructure, Moodle, and Sakai learning management platforms are the first organizations to pass IMS certification requirements for all components of LTI Advantage—Assignment and Grade Services, Deep Linking, and Names and Role Provisioning Services. The LTI Advantage designation means that a product has successfully implemented and achieved IMS certification for the latest version of the core Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) standard, which includes an upgraded security model, and all three extensions. 

“LTI Advantage represents an unprecedented collaboration among the leading learning platform, tool, and application suppliers to respond to requirements from institutional leaders for a more secure, reliable, and cost-effective way to integrate learning technology,” said Dr. Rob Abel, chief executive officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium. “Thanks to Blackboard, Instructure, Moodle, and Sakai for their leadership accelerating the transition to LTI Advantage as the new model for extending the digital learning ecosystem.”

On 7 February 2019, at the IMS Quarterly Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, there will be a dedicated LTI Advantage boot camp offering implementation guidance and assistance to all solutions providers working toward IMS certification for LTI Advantage. Another intensive boot camp will take place on 22 May 2019, at the Learning Impact Leadership Institute in San Diego, California.

IMS offers an Alliance membership for educational technology providers that want to implement certified-LTI Advantage now. To facilitate adoption, IMS has developed an innovative test reference implementation for learning tool providers to build out and test their deployment. LTI Advantage will be available to non-IMS members upon its public release.

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