At the IMS Global Learning Impact conference this week (#LILI2018), there were dozens of sessions covering the many ways interoperability is helping data play well together to create more user-friendly digital ecosystems. Some sessions dove into the weeds, exploring systems like IMS CASE (Competencies & Academic Standards Exchange), which supports learning standards and competencies, digital resources, and assessments. Others featured practitioners who shared their successes and challenges of making data systems work together in a variety of learning environments, from traditional classrooms to completely virtual schools. Storie Walsh of The Virtual High School (@goVHS ) said she’d like to see the discussion around interoperability become more granular. “We want to take systems interoperability in the virtual learning environment a bit further and talk more about program-to-program interoperability.” There was a lot of talk about moving to competency-based learning and the role interoperability plays in realizing that goal, as well as how true personalized learning is unlikely to happen if digital resources can’t be easily and seamlessly accessed from a single, user-friendly portal. Though the session topics varied widely, they all had one single theme: how can the edtech industry work together to create digital learning environments that better serves all students?
– Christine Weiser, Content Director
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