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Monday 14 May | Tuesday 15 May | Wednesday 16 May | Thursday 17 May


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Guide: Keynotes, Panels, Program Tracks

Monday, May 14
8:00 Registration


Toronto III

IMS Member and Technical Advisory Board Meeting
Conference Begins


Toronto I/II

An Educational Information Technology Foundation for Lower Costs, Near Term Improvement and Evolving Innovation
Rob Abel, Ed.D. - Chief Executive Officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium


Is the LMS the most widely used and valued campus system or is it a commodity? Is the LMS about to be replaced by something else, like e-Portfolios?  Who is going to acquire your Learning Management System supplier? Why is digital content adoption taking so long? Is OER sustainable? What can I expect from the latest huge merger? What document imaging software should we buy? What?

In this talk Rob Abel will discuss a better way to think about IT leadership in education: one that focuses on better support for educational innovation via collaborative action that benefits both institutions and suppliers in both the short term and the long run.  It’s all about establishing a sustainable foundation that reduces unnecessary integration costs, lowers the barriers to innovation, and increases availability of actionable data.  Benefits accrue right now and even more benefits later.

Rob will explain that this approach is the underlying theme of the entire Learning Impact conference and what the IMS supplier and institutional collaboration has evolved to over the last 6 years. Best of all – it’s easier than what you’re probably doing now – not harder (as interoperability standards once were not too long ago)!  Come learn why the IMS Collaboration has grown almost 4x during the worst global economy since the great depression. And learn how you can benefit!  It’s not for everyone, only those that are willing to turn down the noise and focus on a better foundation for collective progress in the education segment


Toronto I/II

Radical Change in Conservative Institutions:  Future Directions for the Academy and its Libraries

Dr. Paul N. Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Economics and Professor of Information at the University of Michigan

A revolution in information and communication technologies is revolutionizing learning and teaching.  How can administrators of institutions of higher education or enhance or facilitate learning and teaching in a world of such change?  After providing an economic perspective on how colleges and universities work, I will discuss how we as administrators and heads of information organizations facilitate the creation of spaces – virtual & physical – that allow others (faculty, staff, students) to experiment, create, re-mix, interact, collaborate, play, teach and learn.

2:30-3:00 Break


Toronto I/II

Will Apple or Anyone Reinvent the Textbook? What the Education Market Needs and Wants with Respect to the Evolution of the Textbook: Do faculty and students want e-Books, a more engaging e-Book, engaging/interactive online experiences connected to an LMS, or all of the above?
Moderator: Jeff Young, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Dr. Nicholas H. Allen
, Provost Emeritus & Collegiate Professor, University of Maryland University College
William Chesser, Vice President, VitalSource Technologies Inc., an Ingram Content Group Company
Brian Stewart, Vice President, Information Technology, and Chief Information Officer, Athabasca University
David Straus, Vice President of Products, Kno
Sean Devine, CEO, CourseSmart
Jen Eveslage, Vice President, Intellectual Property, Follett Higher Education Group
Chris Vento, Executive Vice President, Technology and Development. Cengage Learning

Panel Sponsored by: VitalSource Technologies Inc., an Ingram Content Group Company



Learning Impact Awards Showcase

Stavros P. Xanthopoylos, Executive Director, Fundação Getúlio Vargas

Tsuneo Yamada, Professor, Center of ICT and Distance Education (CODE), The Open University of Japan (OUJ) Professor and Chair of Department of Cyber Society and Culture, School of Cultural and Social Studies, the Graduate University for Advanced Studies
Llorenç Valverde Garcia, Vice-rector of Technology at the Open University of Catalunya (UOC)
Gary Driscoll, Executive Director of the Assessment Technologies Group, Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Dr. Dae-Joon Hwang, CEO, IMS Korea, Prof., School of ICT of Sungkyunkwan University
Annette Grande, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education
Jeff Swain, Project Manager, New Technology Initiatives, Penn State University

6:00-7:00 Reception






Tuesday, May 15

8:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 Rob's Top Ten


Toronto I/II

Turning the Proliferation of Mobile Platforms into an Advantage: Are e-Book reader, notebook, and cell phone providers being responsive to the needs of the education marketplace? Are there useful education apps?  Can they run cross-platform? Leaders of major institutional and supplier initiatives speak out on what can be done to take advantage of the mobilization trend.

Moderator:Robbie K. Melton, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for eLearning & Educational Technology & Innovations, Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR)
Robert Sapp
, Vice President, Learning Technologies,
Bill Zobrist, Director of Online and Emerging Product Strategy, Pearson Learning Solutions
Chris Vento, Executive Vice President, Technology and Development. Cengage Learning
Rick Johnson, Chief Technology Officer, Vital Source Technologies Inc., an Ingram Content Group company
Hal Herzog, Vice President, Product Strategy, Learning Objects

10:30-10:45 Break


Toronto I/II

K-12 Interoperability, Personalized Learning and Continuous Instructional Improvement: Why it is making sense for K-12 product and curriculum providers to have their products interoperate as opposed to standalone? Hear from the suppliers and districts that are providing K-12 market leadership.
Moderator: Joe Griffin,
Chief Technology Officer, Keller ISD, TX
Tim Beekman
, CEO, Safari Montage
Don Manderson,
Director Information Technology, Escambia County Schools, FL
George Perreault, Director, Instructional Technology & Library Media, Orange County Public Schools, FL
Bailey Mitchell, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Forsyth County School District, GA
Jason Carlson,
Senior Vice President, Product Engineering, Global Scholar
Sandeep Chellani
, Executive Director of Product Development, New York City Department of Education
Emilio Bernabei
, Director, Global Ecosystem and Marketing Operations, SMART Technologies



CC/LTI APMG Meeting - For IMS Members - Rm: Varley


Toronto I/II

Inside the LTI Tornado: The Emerging IMS Learning Tools Interoperability has arguably already become the most successful interoperability standard in education in terms of adoption. What are the new products that LTI is enabling and how will it evolve? 

Moderator: Charles Severance,
Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Information, University of Michigan
Edward Mansouri, CEO,, Inc.
Sue Polyson Evans, CEO, SoftChalk
Alan Zaitchik, Senior Consultant, Jenzabar Academic Solutions
Christopher Gray, Chief Product Officer, Pathbrite
Craig Dunk, Director, Extensibility, Desire2Learn
John Fontaine, Senior Director, Platform Evangelism, Blackboard

Program Track Breakouts
Beyond the LMS: It’s All About Enabling Student Success: The IMS Next Generation Interactive Networked Learning Environment - Rm: Tom Thomson
Program Track Sponsored by Pearson Education
2:00-2:30Building the Connected Campus: Utilizing the IMS Standards to Build an Institution-Wide Academic Social Network Jon Corshen, CEO, GoingOn Networks Modern social technologies are dramatically changing the way that we communicate, connect and share information. While there has been a strong focus on how to best utilize these new technologies to extend Learning Management Systems, less attention has been paid to their role in fostering connections and engagement beyond the confines of the course.

In this presentation, education technology company, GoingOn Networks, will discuss how leading institutions, such as ASU, Emory University, and University of Pennsylvania, are leveraging the IMS standards to build private “academic social networks.”

These new institution-wide academic networks are helping to transform static SIS, LMS and Portal systems into dynamic “virtual commons” where students, faculty and staff can more effectively discover, share and connect with their school’s most relevant information and resources, including each other.

2:30-3:00Using Analytics to Increase Student Retention Steve Rheinschmidt, Director of the Iowa Community College Online Consortium and Dr. Jeff D Borden,Sr., Director of Teaching & Learning, Pearson eCollege
The Iowa Community College Online Consortium is tackling the challenge of student success in online courses by getting information on student activity into the hands of the right people, in a timely manner. Our solutions are scalable, and can benefit others. Under the direction of the Next Generation Learning Challenge, we are sharing our strategies with others. Come explore our solutions, which rely in part on the Pearson LearningStudio learning management system and the Enterprise Reporting data and analytics tool within the platform. Share your solutions for this challenging dimension of education. Join the ICCOC and explore scalable strategies for increasing online student success through the use student data delivered in a timely fashion.
3:30-4:00Teach an Instructor to Digitally Fish and You Feed Students for Life
Rob Kadel, Ph.D., Pedagogy & Training Group Supervisor, Academic Training & Consulting,Pearson eCollege and Dr. Jeff D Borden,Sr., Director of Teaching & Learning, Pearson eCollege
This session will engage participants in the benefits of teaching in open, social and diverse learning environments. Starting from a framework of collaborative learning, Drs. Borden and Kadel will introduce participants to effective tools and techniques where students construct the information they are intended to learn. With guidance from the instructor, students truly become "learners" when engaging in group discussions, presentations, research and documentation. Using and illustrating (literally) hundreds of free tools that foster these experiences, support collaborative interaction, and personalize the learning experience, this presentation will showcase learning experiences that are meaningful to both instructor and student. Research will be presented that supports the hypothesis that students who learn in such a fashion are more likely to retain more of the course material over longer periods of time, leading to greater achievement.
4:00-4:30Leveraging IMS Standards for Best Practices in Integration and Instructional Technology with Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Education Open Source Services
Lara Oerter, SVP Strategy, Blackboard
Blackboard recently announced support for the Moodle and Sakai open source projects. Lara Oerter, SVP of Corporate Strategy, will discuss some of the thinking behind this decision and how IMS Standards enable Blackboard to offer best practices and solutions for a variety of Learning Environments.
4:30-5:00Open Platform: How Standards enable Diversity and Create Opportunities
Craig Dunk, Director, Extensibility, Desire2Learn
IMS Standards enable a common point of communication between educational technology tools. Somewhat counter intuitively the act of creating a standard has the effect of generating diversity: it is students that will benefit from these opportunities as instructors and students find tools that make an impact on learning. This session will explore the issues of platform openness and student success now and in the future.
Putting in Place the Foundation for Personalized K-12 Learning: The IMS Instructional Innovation through Interoperability Leadership Council Initiative (I3LC) Part One Rm: Carmichael/Jackson
2:00-2:30The Octane Workflow: A Metadata Driven Framework for Personalized Education Edward Mansouri, CEO,, Inc., Inc. has partnered with the Florida Virtual School to combine the school's award-winning content and curriculum, the company's Octane technologies, state and federal educational standards, and important IMS standards and specifications to create a statewide community for formative assessment, prescriptive education, and social learning.
2:30-3:00Social Context - The Unifying Field for Learning
Don Manderson, Director, Information Technology, School District of Escambia County
Luyen Chou, Chief Product Officer at Pearson Schoolnet
Presenters will explore the use of a contextualized learning environment to leverage the recent convergence of political, pedagogical, and educational technology trends to reform PK12 instruction and assessment (RTTT PK12 Eco-System Specifications, PARCC/SMARTER Performance-Based Assessment, Common Core Academic Standards, Industry Learning Systems Interoperability Standards, Personalized Learning Business Intelligence, Flexible Public Education Social Media Policy, Digital Content Conversion, Affordable Wireless Mobile devices, National Broadband and Technology Plans emphasizing Equity of Access, etc.). Ideally the comprehensiveness of the resulting instructional environment will resonate with students by creating differentiated academic rigor delivered within a ubiquitously available and relevant social learning experience. Rob Abel (CEO IMS Global Learning Consortium) speaks to the technical and assessment aspects of this topic in his white paper Creating a Shared Vision for Assessment Reform: Building on the Common Core ( This presentation will expand on those ideas with a vision of an instructional environment that effectively incorporates the earlier referenced political, pedagogical, and educational technology trends.
3:30-4:00Gearing Up for Personalized Learning
Bailey Mitchell, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Forsyth County School District, GA
Jill Hobson, Director of Instructional Technology, Forsyth County School District, GA
What is "personalized" learning? Personalized learning represents a redesign of the long-standing learning model based on fixed time, place and pace to one that is student-centered and competency-based. The central tenet of personalized learning is the customized delivery of learning objects in a context that takes into account learning interests and learning style in order to increase student engagement and academic performance. Join education leaders and educational software developers to define the vision, practices and technologies needed to support a student-centered, proficiency-based, anytime, everywhere educational model.

Imagine the possibilities if a student struggling in math had a personal learning plan with a pathway specifically designed based on individual learning preferences. Imagine also that the student’s support team can log into a role-based portal to view the most relevant data about the student’s performance, including daily assessments. After analysis of the data, the teacher identifies standards not yet mastered, accesses the system’s marketplace an assigns appropriate resources matched to this student’s learning style, which in turn automatically populates the student’s learning plan. Learn how Forsyth County Schools, GA, along with their partner Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, are integrating a real-time transformational data system that provides detailed information individualized for students, teachers, administrators and parents.
4:00 - 4:30Personalized Learning
Joe Griffin, CTO Keller ISD
Jon Phillips, Managing Director Dell Services Global Education
Adam Garry, Manager Professional Learning Services Global Education
Personalized learning can transform the education landscape today and to pay dividends tomorrow. The commitment needed through interoperability is key to this end. This session will explore how to address interoperability to drive engagement, helping students have access to the technologies and tools fundamental to fulfilling their potential, feeding their desire to learn and fueling their ambition to succeed - in a globally competitive workforce and increasingly digital world.

We’ll survey:Innovative Technology,Integrated Learning,Actionable Data, and Accessible Learning
4:30-5:00Enriching instruction and making it meaningful for the 21st century
Sandeep Chellani, Executive Director of Product Development, New York City Department of Education
Kathy Walter, Senior Director of Product Development, New York City Department of Education
Liz Glowa, Consultant
NYC has implemented an online and blended learning solution that enables teachers and students to use content and resources from 17 vendors, open source resources, and locally developed content from an integrated platform. The focus of this effort has been on changing the way classrooms operate to hone in on individual student capabilities and personalized learning paths. It's happening now across nearly 200 high schools and middle schools in New York City - come and learn more.
How Do You Know if Your Student System or Learning Management System Has Implemented Vendor-Neutral Interoperable Data Services? The Advantages of Learning Information Services Conformance Certification Rm: Osgoode
2:00-3:00 Using LIS
Phil Nichols, PsyDev, Ltd.
Learning Information Services is an IMS specification that enables information about learners, teachers and courses to be shared between conformant systems interoperably. For end users, LIS conformance offers a stable platform upon which to procure new services and software. IT departments will no longer need to write and maintain sets of pairwise scripts between disparate systems to move user data around, freeing staff to concentrate on delivering value to leaners and teachers alike. For vendors, conformance to LIS means that integration costs are reduced, freeing core development resources to make products more innovative. Vendors no longer need to maintain seperate integration libraries with external systems.

The session will look at how both vendors and end user institutions can benefit from LIS, maximising their return on investment, and improving the learning impact for both learners and teachers. The issues presented by obtaining conformance will also be raised, which is especially important given the service based nature of the specification.

3:30-4:00Student-centred scheduling: the competitive edge?
Geoffrey Forster, Director, Scientia
This session will look at why adding students into the scheduling mix with Faculty and room requirements can bring benefits for all. Many Institutions in Europe and Australasia already create a schedule that meets the needs of students, and get the following benefits:
  • The schedule meets student course demands, rather than students fitting in to a fixed schedule: students qualify earlier and can take courses in the best order
  • Optimise rooms around real numbers of students not historical numbers or guesstimates.
  • Measure actual faculty demand and balance according to availability
  • Easily make changes to the schedule during add/drop
4:00 - 4:30Supporting LIS 2.0 – Ellucian’s next generation learning integration solution
Brian Knotts, SVP, Chief Architect of Global Architecture, Ellucian
Banner Integration for eLearning 8.1 is the first solution from Ellucian to leverage the LIS 2.0 specification. Released in September 2011, the solution supports the publication of real-time messages to consuming partner web services and bulk data exchange. Ellucian has been a key supporter and contributor to the LIS 2.0 specification and sees it as a significant step forward in terms of delivering a robust, comprehensive, and service-oriented standard. This session will review the status of our current solution, future direction and our on-going development efforts with partners and clients to make this industry standard successful.
4:30-5:00Providing Mission-Critical Integration for Higher Education with IMS Learning Information
Linda Feng, Architect, Oracle Academic Enterprise Solutions Development
One of the most critical interoperability problems which colleges and universities must solve is to connect their student information system with one or more learning management systems. Oftentimes, this problem is compounded when there are multiple student systems and multiple learning management systems for different colleges or even different departments. Oracle has led the IMS Learning Information Services standards effort from inception, and has facilitated a movement throughout the industry to build and verify an integration standard which can be used to enforce interoperability between these mission critical functions on campus. Join us as we share our progress to date and our first hand experiences with implementing the Oracle Student Administration Integration Pack (SAIP) against the IMS Learning Information Services specification.
Actionable Assessment for All: How IMS Accessible Portable Item Protocol (APIP) and Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) are Changing Assessment; including an introduction to APIP Rm: Govenor General Main
2:00-2:30 APIP Overview
Thomas Hoffman, Senior Development Leader, Measured Progress
2:30-3:00 APIP Update from Measured Progress
Thomas Hoffman, Senior Development Leader, Measured Progress
3:30-4:00APIP Update from McGraw-Hill CTB
Devin Loftis, Director - Online Product Engineering, McGraw-Hill CTB
4:00 - 4:30APIP Update from Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Gary Driscoll, Executive Director Assessment Technologies, Educational Testing Service (ETS)
4:30-5:00APIP Update from Pearson
Wayne Ostler, VP Technology Strategy, K12 Technology, Pearson
5:00-6:00 Reception



Wednesday, May 16

8:00 Registration
Program Track Breakouts
Higher Education Digital Course Content Sharing: How IMS Interoperability is Enabling Open Educational Resources (OER) and Next Generation Content Alternatives including Interactive Textbook Alternatives, Digital Media, Interactive Whiteboards, and Homework/Adaptive Tutors. Rm: Carmichael/Jackson
9:00 - 9:30 OER in the Cloud Sue Polyson Evans, SoftChalk CEO/co-Founder SoftChalk would like to demonstrate its cloud-based, Web 2.0 OER learning object repository - CONNECT. Through CONNECT it is easy for educators to share content that is portable, searchable, modifiable,and reusable. We will show how SoftChalk-generated content supports OER authoring, meta data creation, accessibility and standards-based packaging and interoperability, including SCORM, Common Cartridge, and LTI. With SoftChalk, educators develop learning content in small chunks that can be adapted and deployed in a variety of formats and contexts. SoftChalk content engages the learner, supports personalization of content, and provides detailed results tracking -- all of which result in more effective learning for students. We will discuss and demonstrate how three different user communities are using SoftChalk to develop and are manage OER content for their online programs.
9:30 - 10:00 Implementing a Scalable, Standards-Based Model of Faculty and Student Support for Online Learning Marwin Britto,Ph.D., Executive Director, LSC-Online With a 27 percent growth in online student enrolment in the fall of 2011, Lone Star College currently has more than 29,000 students registered for online courses. Focused on quality and scalability, Lone Star has recently implemented a new standards-based model to better support faculty and students participating in online courses. This presentation describes the development process, the identification of appropriate standards and metrics, the implementation phase, and next steps.
10:00 - 10:30 Common Cartridge with AccessForAll: Authoring, Packaging, and DistributionGreg Gay, President, ATutorSpaces IMS Common Cartridge is gathering momentum as a de facto standard for packaging and distributing interoperable electronic instructional content, assessments, and learning activities. Many systems now consume Common Cartridges, and more tools are beginning to emerging that will create and package them. Common Cartridge can be extended further to include accessible learning materials based on IMS AccessForAll, creating content that adapts to individual learners. This presentation will take a look at the integration of AccessForAll with Common Cartridges in the ATutor LMS and AContent CMS, and demonstrate how the two systems work together to provide a seamless experience for content authors and instructor who want to develop, share, and teach with accessible, adaptable, multimodal, learning materials, and demonstrate how the LMS and the content it presents adapts to the needs of each learner.
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:30 The Transformational Impact of the IMS Global Learning Consortium on Higher Education Programs in the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce: Perspectives from the Field Richard “Rick” Lumadue, PhD, Assistant Professor,Department of Educational Leadership and Rusty Waller, PhD, Assistant Professor Director, Center for Career & Technology Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce This presentation will include a demonstration of the impact and revitalization of educational programs in the College of Education and Human Services at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Faculty, students and administrators will give perspectives on the influence of the relationship with the IMS Global Learning Consortium. The emphasis will be placed on the practical application of transformational paradigms for educational delivery.
11:30 - 12:00 Towards a Learning Tool Architecture: A Tool Provider’s Guide
Rick Johnson, Chief Technology Officer, Vital Source Technologies Inc., an Ingram Content Group company
IMS’s LTI 1.0 (BLTI) standard has established itself as the infrastructure of choice for delivering electronic digital resources direct through the LMS to students and faculty. However, many emerging trends are demanding more from tool providers: First, content is looking less like a traditional book; institutions are advocating for disaggregated pieces of content, and for materials with dynamic interactivity. Second, the delivery vehicles are becoming less browser-based and customers are expecting native mobile apps. Third, business models are rapidly evolving to support mandatory, institution-pay adoptions, as well as a variety of content license durations. This seminar will cover imminent examples of how software and content companies will need to think strategically and architecturally about the future. Tool providers focused on distributing content will need architecture and standards that are able to keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital content landscape. Institutions and content providers will need to leverage distribution systems that can a variety of business models, communicate with interactive content, and provide essential analytics.
Putting in Place the Foundation for Personalized K-12 Learning: The IMS Instructional Innovation through Interoperability Leadership Council Initiative (I3LC) Part Two Rm: Govenor General Main
9:00 - 9:30 How Teleconferencing system are integrating into classroom instruction and LMS system in today classrooms
Marty McGuire,Chicago Public Schools
9:30 - 10:00 Using SMART Boards and IWB/CFF
Andrew Schmitt,Teacher-Librarian, ICT Chair, Joyce Public School
10:00 - 10:30 LTI, SAML, and Federated ID - Oh My!
Stephen Vickers, Project Manager, IMS Global
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:00 Key Technology Issues in Achieving K-12 Personalized Learning Panel
Moderator: Bailey Mitchell, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Forsyth County School District, GA
Don Manderson, Director Information Technology, Escambia County Schools, FL
George Perreault, Director, Instructional Technology & Library Media, Orange County Public Schools, FL
Joe Griffin, Chief Technology Officer, Keller ISD, TX
Mobilization: New Developments in Enabling Mobile Platforms, Mobile Content and Mobile Data to Enable Student Success Rm: Tom Thomson
9:00 - 9:30 Learning On The Run: Defining Mobile Learning Todd A. Hitchcock,Vice President, Online Learning Solutions, and Bill Zobrist, Director of Online and Emerging Product Strategy, Pearson Learning Solutions We are at the dawn of the mobile learning revolution. Sounds grandiose and it should since mobile devices will exponentially increase the availability of the web, information, data and education in ways we have yet to fathom. In this session, we will explore the current use of mobile devices for education contending that we have barely begun to achieve higher levels of learning. We identify four specific tenets that will have a transformative effect on e-learning: 1. Connectivity/Access 2. Always On/Always Present 3. Learning Modality 4. Continuous Learning. Each area will be discussed in full as to how mobile learning will achieve increasingly higher levels of Bloom’s and therefore a deeply meaningful learning experience.
9:30 - 10:00 Common Cartridge and QTI for classroom teaching sequences on mobile devicesMohit Bhargava, President LearningMate Solutions (Canada) Ltd. & Ganesh Kumar, CTO LearningMate Solutions Private Ltd. GoClass is one of the first mobile teaching and learning platforms to leverage the common cartridge and QTI specifications to support a distinct instructional strategy. This session presents the instructional design, data gathering and interoperability goals that led to working with IMS specifications.
10:00 - 10:30 Mobile, it’s just like everything else. But different.
Hal Herzog, Vice President, Product Strategy, Learning Objects
Mobile doesn’t represent a new way of thinking. The principles of good instructional and content design remain constant. However, the implementation of those principles presents unique and interesting opportunities. Come join the discussion about the best and worst ways to use mobile technologies in education.
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:00 Educational Positioning System Panel Session
Moderator: Michael L. Mathews, Chief Strategist for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Lone Star College System
Timothy L. Hall, President, Austin Peay State University
Dr Tristan Denley, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Austin Peay State University
Kevin Roberts, Chief Planning and Information Officer, Abilene Christian University
Shah Ardalan, CEO, Lone Star College-University Park
APIP Showcase: Assessment Suppliers Strut their Stuff – Come See What All the Excitement is About Rm: Osgoode
9:00 - 9:30 Update on APIP Conformance: What is the Scope and How to Achieve Certification
9:30 - 10:00 Overview of the IMS collaboration with the SIF Association: The Assessment Interoperability Framework
Wayne Ostler, VP Technology Strategy,K12 Technology, Pearson
10:00 - 10:30 State Perspectives on APIP
Cheryl Alcaya, Minnesota Department of Education
Trinell Bowman, Program Manager, Division of Accountability, Assessment, and Data Systems, Maryland Department of Education
Gaye Fedorchak, New Hampshire Department of Education
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:00 Discussion Panel:
Jill Abbott, Strategic Learning Consultant, SIF Association
Marty Christensen, Business Architect, ACT



Learning Information Services APMG Meeting - For IMS Members - Rm: Varley


Toronto I/II

Linking Technology and Interoperability to Higher Education Institutional Strategy: Institutions are looking to improve graduation rates and/or their ability to differentiate their offerings.  Where will technology make a big difference to institutional leadership? Can institutions get passionate about interoperability?

Moderator: David Ernst, Associate Vice President and CIO, University of California, Office of the President
Laura McCain Patterson
, Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Michigan
Steve Rheinschmidt, Director, Iowa Community College Online Consortium
John C. Cavanaugh, Ph.D., Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Michael L. Mathews, Chief Strategist for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Lone Star College System
Timothy L. Hall, President, Austin Peay State University

2:15-2:45 Break


Toronto I/II

Transforming the Learning Experience: The Future of the LMS Face Off!
OK – is the Learning/Course Management System dead? Despite some discussion groups and blogs in the affirmative, well, there’s very little evidence that death is anywhere near. But, that doesn't mean that the market is satisfied or stagnate! And, if you’re tired of all the online gossip on this topic, come to Learning Impact and find out directly from the top executives of the global leaders in the segment what the transition to the future looks like.

In this 75-minute in-depth panel each participant will have 5-minutes to give their concise“vision of the future.”  Moderator Rob Abel of IMS Global will then drill down on the following issues and more. You will walk away with the best possible summary of where the market is headed - one not available anywhere else.

(1) How should current customers and potential buyers be viewing the health of an LMS (or alternative) provider? What are the arguments for sustainability in what has become a very competitive market?
(2) Give that the huge market share adoption of the LMS in U.S. higher ed speaks for itself, does your organization have any evidence pro/con on the value of the LMS that you’d like the public to be aware of?
(3) Going forward – what are the key problems that the LMS (or alternative) needs to solve and why? What will make the future of this market from a functionality/innovation perspective?
(4) Openness and interoperability: State and/or contrast your organization’s commitment compared to alternatives/competitors? For instance, have you reduced barriers to integration and platform lock-in? How?
(5) Is content king? Given the price pressures on textbooks, what role will the LMS play in opening up content alternatives?

Moderator: Rob Abel, CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium

Ray Henderson, President, Blackboard Learn, Blackboard
John Baker, CEO, Desire2Learn
Adrian Sannier, Senior Vice President, Product, Pearson
Josh Coates, CEO, Instructure
Curtiss Barnes, Vice President, Corporate Development, Cengage Learning


Toronto I/II

LIA Award Ceremony
5:00-6:00 Reception

Thursday, May 17

8:00 Registration


Tom Thomson

Workshop: Creating Enterprise Aware, Multiplatform Apps with IMS Interoperability


Join us for a true developer's workshop. The first part of the day, we will explore how to create common cartridges from scratch, as well as how to use tools to design cartridges. We will have a section on best practices and lessons learned to save you time, as well as prevent common mistakes. Details on how to test cartridges and how to gain IMS conformance will be provided.

The second half of the day will focus on Learning Tools Interoperability. You will learn how to manipulate keys and secrets for Tool Consumers and Providers, how to create launch requests and many best practice details to make your project from planning to implementation run smoothly.

Attendees should bring their laptop computer. Digital Materials including files and developer code will be given at the event.

9am - Noon

  Common Cartridge


Illustration of Common Cartridge Import and Export

  • LMS Import and Export
  • Authoring Tools

Anatomy of a Common Cartridge

  • Metadata including Curriculum Standards
  • Web Content
  • Discussions
  • Tests
  • External Links
  • Introduction to LTI Links

Assembling a Common Cartridge

  • Hand Assembly
  • CC Builder Tool
  • Suggestions for Programmatic Approaches
Validating a Common Cartridge with the Online Validator

Reading a Common Cartridge
  • Consideration of User Choices on Import
  • Handling Unsupported Objects
  • Handling LTI Links as an LTI Consumer

IMS Sample and Test Cartridges IMS CC Conformance


What You Will Learn By The Time You Leave

    • What is a Common Cartridge
    • What are features of the different versions
    • How to assembly cartridges by hand, using a builder, and programmatically
    • How are products exporting or authoring cartridges today
    • How to test of a cartridge is valid
    • How to read a cartridge
    • Design considerations when reading a cartridge
    • How to handle cartridges that contain objects you don’t support
    • What do to with cartridges that contain LTI links
    • How to use the IMS sample and test cartridges
    • IMS Common Cartridge conformance program



12:00-1:00pm Lunch and

Panel Discussion Hear Implementation Stories 


Learning Tools Interoperability

Illustrations of LTI Tool Consumer and Tool Provider

What Is Going On Under The Covers

  • Review of the IMS Test Site

Anatomy of a Tool Consumer

  • Managing Keys and Secrets
  • Data sent with each request
    • Mapping parameters to common objects
    • Benefits to supporting optional values
  • Models for administrator controls over what is sent
  • UI Considerations for Inserting Launch Points
  • Models for instructor controls over what is sent
  • Launch Only (fire and forget)
    • Launch via a Form
    • Launch via URL Connection
  • Launch with Grade Return
  • Launch with Roster

Anatomy of a Tool Provider

  • Managing Keys and Secrets
  • Validating Messages
  • Detecting Time Skew Issues
  • Dealing with Insufficient Data
  • Returning Grades

IMS CC Conformance

Panel Discussion Hear Implementation Stories 


9:00 - 3:00


APIP Workgroup Meeting

The Accessible Portable Item Protocol Working Group will meet to discuss APIP and APIP Conformance.