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IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces Next Wave of LTI Advantage Certifications

EdTech Supplier Adoption of LTI Advantage Helps Institutions Accelerate the Movement Toward a Seamless, Secure, and Data-Rich Digital Learning Ecosystem

 
LAKE MARY, Florida, 14 October 2019 — IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global/IMS), the world-leading non-profit collaborative advancing educational technology impact, announced the latest educational technology suppliers to achieve IMS certification for Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) Advantage. The rapid adoption of LTI Advantage by leading product organizations enables institutions to prepare their teaching and learning ecosystem for the most secure and engaging end-user experiences.
 
The latest organizations—joining other early leaders—to implement and certify LTI Advantage are ChemVantage, D2L, Examity, Explorance, IllumiDesk, Marketplace Simulations, Pearson K-12 Learning, SAFARI Montage, SAGE Publishing, Turnitin, Wiley, and W. W. Norton & Company.
 
LTI Advantage is the next-generation standard for flexible and secure integration of digital learning resources to support an institution's next-generation learning environment. As an institution's digital landscape evolves to meet the needs of learners and the preferences of educators, LTI Advantage offers significant new agility in the design, use, and evolution of essential components for teaching and learning.
 
"There is a strong demand for LTI Advantage from both institutions and suppliers, which is why we are seeing increased adoption in such a short period," said Dr. Rob Abel, CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium. "LTI Advantage is designed to enable teachers to teach with the digital assets they want in a way that enhances the teaching and learning process by seamlessly integrating learning tools within the digital learning environment. Add to this simplicity of implementation with world-class security for the exchange of student data, and it's another breakthrough for LTI in helping to spur innovation in edtech."
 
IMS institutional leaders compiled essential resources that all institutions can leverage to communicate the value of adopting LTI Advantage when partnering with edtech suppliers. The LTI Advantage Toolkit includes sample RFP language and an open letter voicing support for LTI Advantage to evolve their digital learning ecosystem.
 
Since February 2019, 26 leading learning platform and tools suppliers have passed rigorous testing requirements to become LTI Advantage certified. Organizations exhibiting this week at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, include AEFIS, Blackboard, Canvas (Instructure), Cengage, D2L, Examity, Explorance, Kaltura, McGraw-Hill, Moodle, Turnitin, and VitalSource.
 
"LTI Advantage paves the way to more reliable, personalized and deeper integrations among learning platforms and tools. The services allow for flexible, yet secure passing of user, assessment and resource data—and it's built to respond to the needs of the market allowing new services that can be added to the LTI Advantage suite."
—Jeremy Auger, Chief Strategy Officer, D2L
 
"Nearly one-third of all college students now take at least one course online—which means that validating the online learning experience has never been more important. LTI Advantage is establishing a new standard for both security and interoperability in ways that will streamline online education for institutions and students alike."
—Michael London, Founder and CEO of Examity
 
"In previous implementations, only students who accessed Bluepulse from the LMS would receive and be able to respond to questions sent by the instructor using the tool. Now, with LTI Advantage certification, instructors can immediately connect with all of their students from day one. The results are increased response rates and more opportunities for instructors to engage with all of their students and leverage that data towards improvement."
—Samer Saab, CEO, Explorance
 
"We at Pearson K-12 Learning are excited to be at the forefront of using open standards to help make the learning experience seamless and secure. LTI has quickly become the industry standard when integrating the vast edtech ecosystem and we are proud to be recognized as one of the first major publishers to achieve LTI Advantage certification." 
—Marc Nelson, VP Platform Product Management and Marketing, Pearson K-12 Learning 
 
"LTI Advantage will help us develop a deeper integration for the standards-aligned SMART objects and playlists in our SAFARI Montage Learning Object Repository directly with K-12 LMS's and enterprise platforms to create more personalized user experiences and greater outcomes."
—Tim Beekman, President and Co-Founder, SAFARI Montage
 
 "We are very pleased to be LTI Advantage certified and for the abilities and benefits it provides; both for Marketplace Simulations and our customers. LTI Advantage provides us the ability to link the benefits of the business simulation and products we offer with our customers learning management systems, more easily and at a greater depth than ever before. These abilities, in turn, allow us to continue to develop and improve the services and products we offer while simultaneously making it more easily accessed and relied upon by our customers."
—Ernie Cadotte, Marketplace Simulations author, and President
 
"ChemVantage has been using the IMS LTI standard to connect students with OER learning resources for nearly a decade. The new LTI Advantage specifications bring new functionality and enhanced security to a thriving educational ecosystem."
—Chuck Wight, ChemVantage LLC
 
"With the completion of the LTI Advantage certification, IllumiDesk now offers improved integration features, such as one-click server launches from the LMS's assignment links, auto-grading services that post grades directly to the LMS's grades section, and secure user synchronization between the LMS and the IllumiDesk backend. More importantly, the LTI 1.3 Advantage certification creates new opportunities to further enhance the IllumiDesk feature set to quickly support additional tools and services."
—Greg Werner, CEO, IllumiDesk
 
Learn more about LTI Advantage at www.imsglobal.org/TakeAdvantage.
 
About IMS Global Learning Consortium
IMS Global is a non-profit organization that advances technology to scale and improve educational participation and attainment affordably. IMS Global members are leading suppliers, institutions, and government organizations that are enabling the future of education by collaborating on interoperability and adoption initiatives. IMS Global sponsors the Learning Impact Leadership Institute, a global program focused on recognizing the impact of innovative technology on educational access, affordability, and quality while developing the people and ideas to help shape the future of educational technology.
 
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