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eAssessment Alliance

eAssessment Alliance

 

IMS Alliances are for the purpose of ensuring interoperability in practice and keeping implementing organizations current on the evolution of a specific set of IMS standards. IMS Alliances provide organizations who want access to development resources, testing suites and conformance certification for a specific set of IMS standards to ensure reliable integrations with platforms. IMS provides Alliance members this support at a fraction of the cost of custom integrations and, most importantly, steps in on an ongoing basis to resolve issues that arise.

Under the Alliances, IMS provides extensive support to implement conformant products. When testing is completed, IMS issues a conformance certification mark that IMS stands behind. What this means is that IMS will get involved directly in any issues that arise and work across organizations to resolve. 

Joining in the eAssessment Alliance provides access to development resources and certification for the Question and Test Interoperability® (QTI®) and Accessible Portable Item Protocol® (APIP®) specifications. specifications. Becoming an IMS member is the only way to achieve official IMS conformance for these certifications. Conformance seals are only issued to and maintained with current IMS Alliance, Affiliate, and Contributing Members. IMS does this in order to deliver on interoperability in practice on an ongoing basis. This benefits large and small organizations alike in creating and maintaining a vital, innovative, and open marketplace for educational technology products!  The certification program is managed and evolved by current IMS Members. This creates the community ownership needed to achieve high levels of interoperability and earn the trust of buyers in interoperable products.  

Join the eAssessment Alliance and begin taking advantage of the benefits described here. Sign up now online.I

Benefits of eAssessment Alliance Membership

  • Ability to apply for Question and Test Interoperability (QTI), APIP and Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) Conformance Certification.
  • Promotion of certified products and services in the online Product Directory for organizations that join and maintain membership in the Alliance.
  • News updates about the eAssessment standards. 
  • Your organizations name is listed on the Members Page under the Alliance Members section to recognize your leadership as an IMS member.
  • Ability to use relevant IMS trademarked terms on your web site and marketing materials with prior approval from marketing@imsglobal.org and in accordance with IMS guidelines.
  • Opportunity to tap into the developers network via the eAssessment Forums for discussion with peers to gain assistance with implementing a specific set of IMS standards.
  • Access to member-only development, testing and conformance resources.
  • Preferred early access to new test cases, changes and new release for the standards associated with your Alliance membership.
  • Online support to resolve integration and interoperability problems encountered with compliant products.
  • Ability to participate in the TrustED Apps Program.
  • Attend the annual virtual Technical Congress to get the latest overview and updates of all IMS technical activities and a preview of future IMS product development.
  • Attend member-only webinars and roundtable discussions.
  • Discounted registration fees for the Learning Impact Conference.
  • Technical support for end-user organizations implementing standards from IMS staff and other IMS members via online forums.
  • Online support for end-user organizations in including requirements for open standards in writing RFPs, tenders, and procurements.
  • Receipt of the IMS Members Dispatch, a members-only monthly newsletter.

 

Join the eAssessment Alliance

Join the eAssessment Alliance and begin taking advantage of the benefits described above. Sign up now online.

Benefits of Certification

 

  • Buyers trust IMS as the neutral arbiter of truly interoperable products and content 
  • IMS certification designates passing a set of tests that will guarantee interoperability across the widest range of integrations - across a growing range of  100s of certified products
  • Certification requires extensive testing and is much better than claims of “compliance"
  • The IMS Certification process connects your organization to an community of technical resources making implentation of the standard easier
  • IMS certificaton provides a specific registraton number for a product to be used in responses to requests for proposals 
  • IMS certified products are backed by IMS technical support to troubleshoot any technical issues that may occur 
  • Organization achieving IMS certificaton can use the IMS certification logo in product and general marketing 
  • The IMS certification Alliance community provides continuous updates and involvement in the evolution of the standard and conformance testing 
  • Certification is included as a benefit of IMS membership: any number of products can be certified at no additional cost for each Alliance category or all categories for Affiliate or Contributing Members of IMS 
  • The IMS web site provides high traffic marketing exposure as the authoritative source for IMS certified products