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IMS Major Initiatives Roadmap

Updated August 2021

IMS Roadmap Update and Plans

We want to hear from you! Tell us your ideas for future IMS work activities and specification development.

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Please direct your questions or comments about the IMS Roadmap for 2021-2022 to the responsible program manager listed below or Mark Leuba at mleuba@imsglobal.org.

 

TRUSTED APPS & DATA PRIVACY

Guiding institutions and edtech suppliers toward secure data use, collection, and sharing.

IMS Standard / Initiative

Program Manager

Update and Key Events

Plans Next 6-12 Months

App Vetting and Data Privacy

Kevin Lewis IMS instituted TrustEd Apps as a feature of the IMS Product Directory for members to log in and learn more about vetted apps. IMS is also working to add another area of vetting related to data interoperability.

Expand App Vetting in IMS and draft requirements for sharing privacy and security data via LTI to include as an LTI extension.

Develop a comprehensive strategy integrating App Vetting, LTI Privacy, and the European GDPR regulation. The IMS European Task Force recently published the LTI Data Privacy Launch spec as a member base document. 

 

LEARNING PLATFORMS, APPS, AND TOOLS

Leverage the power of an open ecosystem to allow for quick and easy customization of your edtech environment, minimize repetitive integrations, lower barriers to entry, and focus your investment on educational innovation to improve outcomes.

IMS Standard / Initiative

Program Manager

Update and Key Events

Plans Next 6-12 Months

Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) and LTI Advantage

Joshua McGhee The LTI project group continues to work on new feature proposals for new services or functionality to add to LTI, including dynamic registration, fixes, and new approaches for the use of cookies, calendar integration, mobile, activity item, and others. As new member draft specs are more widely adopted, we will work to develop new certification test processes for specs such as Group Service, Submission Review, and others. 
 
Work with new IMS member Zoom and other Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) providers to assist institutions to securely and seamlessly integrate and manage UCaaS in their teaching, learning, and analytics ecosystem.  

Sustainable Strategies for Embedding LTI Tools

Joshua McGhee The LTI project group recently formed a separate Cookies/iFrame Task Force to define best practices for using or avoid using cookies across browsers in current implementations. The group has settled on a windows post message approach and is developing documentation to address long-term third-party cookie issues as well as best practices for current LTI implementations. Members of the group are beginning early proof of concept work to be able to roll out these solutions as soon as possible.

LTI Resource Search

Joshua McGhee LTI Resource Search defines search parameters for a learning catalog or repository, including search by CASE-based learning standards, and delivers resources with full metadata via LTI or URL. Version 1.0 is publicly available.    The focus will be on increasing implementations and helping institutions understand the value of standards-based search to their ecosystem. New resources will be published including updates to base documents and the role of LTI Resource Search within the IMS Ecosystem.
 

CURRICULUM INNOVATION AND TEACHING STRATEGIES

Deploy a wider set of best-in-class digital resources for more engaging learning experiences.

IMS Standard / Initiative

Program Manager

Update and Key Events

Plans Next 6-12 Months

Common Cartridge® and Thin Common Cartridge

Bracken Mosbacker Version 1.4 is available for testing. This new version features a K-12 profile, alignment to CASE, line item to LTI links, and OpenVideo as a resource (when available).  The group will monitor implementations, update documentation as needed, and partner with suppliers and institutions to continue to increase adoption. Common Cartridge will continue to offer a foundation for content integration within the IMS Ecosystem.  

Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange® (CASE®)

Daniel Blickensderfer Members’ field experience with CASE 1.0 has informed the current backlog for version 1.1 and prioritized stories are under review for charter development. Enhancements include support for rich text, course code management, and competency framework type definitions. Project group developments for a CASE 1.1 base document will commence upon charter approval by the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). The upcoming version of the specification will also include normalization, security updates, and interoperability improvements. A task force (described below) will recommend an approach for using CASE to manage learner pathways.

CASE Pathways Taskforce

Daniel Blickensderfer IMS Contributing Members are invited to join a task force to explore and define how to manage pathways in the CASE specification. Pathway use cases exist for learners, education providers, certification authorities, and employers, and cross-application with digital credentials, digital curriculum, integrated assessments, and personalized learning. The CASE Pathways scope of application extends beyond organizational bounds and includes potential service alignment with providers like the Credential Engine or the Open Skills Network. The task force will prioritize use cases and develop specific recommendations for implementation across affected specifications. An IMS Task Force is created to provide recommendations to solve a specific problem within a designated time frame and it is recommended the group set a goal of 6-9 months or earlier to completion.  

CASE Network

Bruce Umpstead The CASE Network is growing with key partnerships. The platform itself is expanding its capabilities to include notifications of changes, integrated text matching, and an updated user experience. More states, virtual learning organizations, and workforce providers will join the CASE Network, making it the premier academic standards provider at zero cost. 

OpenVideo

Joshua McGhee

The OpenVideo Metadata Standard defines a format for creating rich media content described in a standardized way such that management solutions that support the standard can exchange the media and that search processes can be more precise and responsive.

OpenVideo is in Candidate Final status with early implementations in flight.

The next steps include finalizing the certification tool supporting standards documents, completion of the certification suite, and publishing the Certification Guide.
 

INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT

Provide a standard format of assessment content, data, and exchange of information between authoring and delivery systems in your digital ecosystem to ensure an equitable and accessible user experience for all learners.

IMS Standard / Initiative

Program Manager

Update and Key Events

Plans Next 6-12 Months

Question and Test Interoperability® (QTI®)

Colin Smythe

QTI 3.0 was released as Public Candidate Final in August 2020. Early adopters have demonstrated interoperability or achieved conformance certification at the Level 1 (Entry) requirements.

The Assessment Product Steering Committee has challenged members to complete Level 2 (Core) conformance certification prior to submitting the specification for final vote and release.

Complete multiple product certifications to the Level 2 Core requirements for QTI 3.0 and submit the specification to the Technical Advisory Board for Final release. IMS announced in February 2021 a Certification Challenge for Contributing Members to encourage wide market adoption. The QTI project group recently formed a task force with LTI participants to define best practices related to improved assessment-related integrations.

Computer Adaptive Testing

Colin Smythe Computer Adaptive Testing integrates assessment systems to adaptive testing engines allowing students to experience an adaptive, personalized exam. The specification was published as Public Candidate Final in February 2021. Multiple systems have already implemented and demonstrated interoperability. Prepare the CAT conformance testing and certification processes and documentation. Submit the specification to the Technical Advisory Board for final vote.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Colin Smythe The Smarter Balanced organization is building open source systems to export QTI 3.0 as an output format. The demand for this capability comes from states and vendors looking to have QTI be the default interoperable exchange format. The task force has documented mappings between QTI 3.0 and the SBAC internal format. Complete the mapping documentation and develop best practices and sample items. Publish the mapping documentation to the public. The group is currently considering the need for an SBAC-specific profile for certification and greater interoperability.

AccessForAll®

Colin Smythe AccessForAll is now included as a component in QTI 3.0 and the AccessForAll 3.0 specification is available as a public draft.  The Personal Needs and Preferences specification will be updated to align with QTI 3.0 and move to final in conjunction with QTI 3.0.
 

LEARNING DATA & ANALYTICS

Give teachers and students the ability to assess learning progress and fill gaps while enabling data analytics to reveal systemic improvement opportunities.

IMS Standard / Initiative

Program Manager

Update and Key Events

Plans Next 6-12 Months

OneRoster®

Joshua McGhee

As of August 2021, there are 325 certifications across 60 suppliers for OneRoster 1.1 making it the leading rostering solution trusted and relied on by the K-12 sector.

OneRoster 1.2 is in the Candidate Final stage—adding support for high-impact use cases to improve user provisioning, resource allocation, and grade passback within and outside of a class-section context, aligned to academic standards via CASE.

IMS staff works with the OneRoster community to identify, track, and incorporate feedback from the impact of the pandemic on institutions needing to go digital and quickly.

Finalization of the OneRoster 1.2 consumer test system and CSV validator in progress for 3Q 2021. Following completion of the test suites, and final certification by suppliers, OneRoster 1.2 will enter the Final stage of its development lifecycle and public, expected Q3 of 2021.

IMS staff will continue to lead a community-based approach to collect feedback on real market experience using OneRoster via the roundtable series of supplier and institutional meetings. This feedback gets collected and synthesized into FAQs, implementation guidance, and planning for tooling that will be made available to members to help speed up and improve their digital adoption.

Edu-API

Joshua McGhee

Edu-API is a new specification in the OneRoster portfolio to provide data movement between enterprise systems (e.g., student information systems) and a broad range of potential consuming systems, including teaching and learning platforms and data repositories on-premises and in the cloud.

Currently, in design and development, version 1.0 Candidate Final is slated for Q3 2021 with the initial supplier and institutional implementations beginning in the summer. 

The Edu-API project group is in the final phases of refining the information model and services that will make up Edu-API 1.0.  Work continues in parallel streams to develop support for multiple integration patterns including work being done on a Pub/Sub architecture to complement the REST-based approach and give Edu-API broader market coverage.

After completion of Edu-API 1.0 and early certified implementations, the working group will immediately roll into 1.1 development focused on expanding the entities and resources covered, including Results.

Caliper Analytics®

Joshua McGhee

The IMS Technical Advisory Board approved Caliper Analytics 1.2 as Final in November of 2020. As of August 2021, eight products (6 suppliers and 2 institutions) are certified for Caliper 1.2. 

Caliper 1.2 introduces new profiles: Feedback, Resource Management, Search, Survey, and Tool Launch and provides an update to the Tool Use Profile to allow for the capture of events showing cumulative progress. Additionally, a Library Use Profile has been developed in collaboration with CLLASS (Connecting Libraries and Learning Analytics for Student Success) Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

IMS staff continues to support members' adoption of the Caliper learning analytics profiles that meet their analytics needs.  

IMS staff is also working to define a data-consumer program for evaluating analytics implementations to help institutions understand and make maximum use of the data that their suppliers can produce. Building this on the shoulders of the IMS LTI Insights project allows us to help institutions leverage their suppliers to analyze their foundational and operational data.

IMS encourages institutions and suppliers to bring forward new use cases and practical outcomes to drive the next set of Caliper Profiles.

Student Learning Data Model

Joshua McGhee

IMS Launched the Student Learning Data Model (SLDM) in late summer 2020. It included a visualized, easy-to-digest representation of core IMS Ecosystem data elements as well as supporting crosswalks to non-IMS vocabularies like CEDS.  

SLDM brings teaching and learning domains together and presents a non-technical resource for exploration and discovery to inform decision-making and analytics. More technical users can drill down into the SLDM to see actual linkages to IMS specifications.

The SLDM continues to improve as more and more of the IMS ecosystem gets modeled and represented. We've begun work on the IMS Common Data Model which will serve the SLDM and act as a centralized unified data model for IMS standards.

Members are encouraged to suggest and contribute to additional cross-walks.

 

DIGITAL CREDENTIALS

Making lifelong achievements more accessible, personalized, and equitable from the start for every learner.

IMS Standard / Initiative

Program Manager

Update and Key Events

Plans Next 6-12 Months

Comprehensive Learner Record

Daniel Blickensderfer

The IMS Technical Advisory Board approved CLR Standard 1.0 is Final in March 2021. Six products from five suppliers are now certified interoperable. Certification is available as a CLR Standard 1.0 Provider, Consumer, and/or Host.

View the current list of CLR Standard certified products in the IMS Product Directory.

Priorities for the IMS CLR standard focus on outreach, adoption, and development of shared best practices. Efforts include IMS Global’s public CLR Learn and Lead Roundtable series, direct support to AACRAO as they formulate academic and co-curricular models for recommendation to their membership. IMS outreach to HR standards bodies and engagement with other community groups continues to demonstrate the CLR standard independently and in conjunction with other standards and projects such as a W3C verifiable credential. 

Open Badges

Daniel Blickensderfer Twenty-three products are now certified for Open Badges 2.0. Open Badges 2.1 (Badge Connect), the federated Open Badges exchange is available now for implementation. Conformance certification of early adopters is in progress. The Open Badges project group is drafting recommendations for Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) in Open Badges and will be discussing proposals to align the work with other standards such as W3C Verifiable Credentials. Supporting and promotion certification of Open Badges 2.0 and 2.1/Badge Connect among technology suppliers. The Technical Advisory Board will vote on publishing Open Badges 2.1 as Final. The OB project group will review recommendations to support aspects of the Verified Credentials data model in Open Badges, and the convergence of Open Badges and Comprehensive Learner Record. Proposals for W3C VC alignment may result in a charter vote to the technical Advisory Board for version 3.0 of Open Badges.

Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange® (CASE®)

Daniel Blickensderfer Members’ field experience with CASE 1.0 has informed the current backlog for version 1.1 and prioritized stories are under review for charter development. Enhancements include support for rich text, course code management, and competency framework type definitions. Project group developments for a CASE 1.1 base document will commence upon charter approval by the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). The upcoming version of the specification will also include normalization, security updates, and interoperability improvements. A task force (described below) will recommend an approach for using CASE to manage learner pathways.

CASE Pathways Taskforce

Daniel Blickensderfer IMS Contributing Members are invited to join a task force to explore and define how to manage pathways in the CASE specification. Pathway use cases exist for learners, education providers, certification authorities, and employers, and cross-application with digital credentials, digital curriculum, integrated assessments, and personalized learning. The CASE Pathways scope of application extends beyond organizational bounds and includes potential service alignment with providers like the Credential Engine or the Open Skills Network. The task force will prioritize use cases and develop specific recommendations for implementation across affected specifications. An IMS Task Force is created to provide recommendations to solve a specific problem within a designated time frame and it is recommended the group set a goal of 6-9 months or earlier to completion.  

CASE Network

Bruce Umpstead The CASE Network is growing with key partnerships. The platform itself is expanding its capabilities to include notifications of changes, integrated text matching, and an updated user experience. More states, virtual learning organizations, and workforce providers will join the CASE Network, making it the premier academic standards provider at zero cost.