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Accelerating Adoption of a Trusted Plug-and-Play Digital Ecosystem [clear filter]
Tuesday, May 19

8:30am MDT

Joint Ecosystem Task Force: Sharing the Value of Interoperability via the IMS Ecosystem
The IMS Digital Curriculum Product Steering Committee (PSC) has stewarded the work of a Joint Ecosystem Task Force for more than twelve months. In this session, the chairs of PSC will talk through the task force deliverables, findings, and share invitations.

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Debra McSwain

Senior Product Manager, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Rob Stratton

VP of Innovation and Strategy, SAFARI Montage

Carrie Strohl

Manager, Product Management: Integrations, PowerSchool

Tuesday May 19, 2020 8:30am - 9:15am MDT

10:30am MDT

Thriving Over Surviving: Strategically Designing a Teaching and Learning Ecosystem
The advancement of technical standards and the proliferation of pluggable tools and consuming platforms are driving forces for digital transformation within the teaching and learning ecosystem. On top of that, rapidly changing technologies, growth in user demands, and the continual drive to be an innovative campus all contribute to a persistent feeling that planning and designing the ecosystem is more about surviving than strategy.In this session, the presenters will share how the UW-Madison campus is approaching this challenge to provide the best experience possible within its digital learning ecosystem. Presenters will also discuss approaches to improve cross-campus collaborations in this area,to help academic and technology leaders with strategic prioritization, and to create a map to a cohesive and interoperable portfolio of learning technologies.Participants will be engaged throughout the presentation and asked to contribute their own successes and struggles in defining technology ecosystems in their organization.

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Ron Cramer

Strategic Learning Consultant, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ron Cramer is a consultant for teaching, learning and technology issues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has nearly twenty years of experience working in higher education on curricular and course development as well as campus-wide learning technology initiatives. He received... Read More →

Bethany Gordy

Enterprise Learning Technology Architect, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tuesday May 19, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am MDT

11:15am MDT

Reading, Resources, & Rights: Library Data in the Interoperable Ecosystem
With the growth and standardization of interoperability in campus technology comes the increasing ability to collect and aggregate data for analysis and action in support of student learning and success. The addition of library data, with its potential to provide rich, contextual insight into student learning, can be a gamechanger in this ecosystem of integrated analytics. What is the role of library data? And how do we accommodate students’ right to privacy in an architecture where data flows freely? This session will review ongoing work to define the architecture of an integrated analytics ecosystem—inclusive of library data—premised on design requirements and key principles for learning data analytics published by leading higher education institutions, including the University of California, Berkeley. We will also lay out the launch and mission of the new IMS Library Data Innovation Leadership Network that will address these topics and more on an ongoing basis.

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Megan Oakleaf

Associate Professor, Syracuse University
Megan Oakleaf is an Associate Professor in the Syracuse University iSchool. The author of ACRL’s The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report and Academic Library Value: The Impact Starter Kit, she has published in top library and information science... Read More →
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Cary Brown

Higher Education Program Director, IMS Global Learning Consortium
With responsibilities for helping to drive the IMS Global work in the Higher Education industry and manage and maintain the projects and members in HED, I have a background in enterprise software development and management with a focus on integration.

Tuesday May 19, 2020 11:15am - 12:00pm MDT

1:45pm MDT

Do I Really Need to Certify My LTI Tool? 
Homegrown LTI's are a key part of an Institution's tool set, but they are usually un-certified. Is it worthwhile to get these tools certified? Developer time is often difficult to get and will the certification process consume more of this scarce resource? In this presentation, Penn State will walk you through their decision to certify their homegrown tools and share their experiences with the certification process.

Tuesday May 19, 2020 1:45pm - 2:15pm MDT
Wednesday, May 20

10:30am MDT

Partnering with Learning Tools Providers & Consortia on LTI Advantage
LTI Advantage is a groundbreaking standard that takes LTI to the next level. However, this doesn't mean that every learning tool provider will build their integration using the best practices that IMS tries to encourage its members to use. Not all LTI tools are created equally, even if they are LTI Advantage certified. This can sometimes cause institutions and the LMS providers distress and confusion. In these early days of LTI Advantage, it is critical for the institution and the LMS provider to have a solid relationship, so tool providers can be encouraged to build complete LTIs and go the extra mile to fully utilize the services of LTI Advantage that were meant to benefit and enrich the teaching and learning ecosystem. Penn State University and Instructure have partnered to help learning tools better understand the path to creating an LTI the way LTI Advantage was meant to provide.


Tony Anderson

Manager of Learning Tools and LMS, Penn State University
Canvas LMS Project Manager

Karl Lloyd

Director of Product Management, Instructure (Canvas)

Wednesday May 20, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am MDT

11:15am MDT

Designing an Interoperable and Flexible Digital Learning Environment 
University of Wisconsin System (UWS) implemented a digital learning environment (DLE) founded on five core principles: it is accessible, provides analytics, supports collaboration, is interoperable, and allows personalization.This session focuses on how UWS developed a DLE with interoperable components—standards-based tools that work together seamlessly at the core rather than stapled together side-by-side. Leveraging IMS standards and App Vetting work, UWS developed a process that adheres to the DLE's core principles while supporting rapid tool integration. Students have access to the tools they need to be successful while mitigating many risks. The IMS App Vetting Rubric was used to identify key aspects of moving data through the DLE, including data security, third-party data sharing, and vendor marketing. UWS also requires vendors to agree to a contract addendum, which commits vendors to IMS standards, data privacy, and accessibility. Lessons learned from the UWS DLE Implementation project is also discussed.

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Renee Pfeifer-Luckett

Director, Learning Technology Development, University of Wisconsin System Administration
Primarily a listener and a builder, Renee understands that to deliver value, it is critical to identify stakeholder needs.  A collaborator at heart, she has been very successful in team building designed to bridge gaps.  Responsible for learning technologies for UW System campuses... Read More →
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Dale Johnson

DLE Functional Architect, University of Wisconsin System Administration

Wednesday May 20, 2020 11:15am - 12:00pm MDT

1:30pm MDT

3:30pm MDT

Packing Your Kit: Extending The Learning Ecosystem Through Flexibility and Choice
Interoperability standards, such as LTI, are essential to evolving the campus learning ecosystem to provide both flexibility and choice for faculty and students. At Duke, the Kits project leverages these standards to provide a next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE) for the Duke community and, as an open-source project, to the wider world. Kits was developed outside the LMS and provides turnkey roster access to learning apps through a homegrown group management solution based on Internet2’s Grouper system. The design of Kits gives students a single point of access to all learning apps used in all of their courses. For faculty, it provides an alternative to the LMS with scalable, integrated app choices to meet their disciplinary or pedagogical needs.


Jolie Tingen

Product Manager, Duke University

Wednesday May 20, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT

4:15pm MDT

OneRoster 1.2: Improving Machine Communication
The next generation of OneRoster is here! Come learn about what problems OneRoster is solving, with a focus on the improvements that OneRoster 1.2 is delivering to our community. Hear from stakeholders involved in the development of the specification as they share real-life examples of the OneRoster 1.2 powered solutions live in their district-app ecosystems. You'll walk away with a deep understanding of how OneRoster 1.2 can help your district or application.


Britta Tremblay

Senior Product Manager, PowerSchool

David Stephens

Senior Technical Product Manager, Integrations, McGraw Hill Education
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Dan Carroll

CPO and co-founder, Clever Inc.
Former 8th grade science teacher/tech director from Colorado. Passionate about software interoperability because I believe teachers should not have to have a degree in IT to teach with technology.

Wednesday May 20, 2020 4:15pm - 5:00pm MDT
Thursday, May 21

8:30am MDT

Gwinnett County Public Schools' Thin Common Cartridge Playbook  
Gwinnett County Public Schools are continually finding innovative ways to leverage Thin Common Cartridge to provide their teachers and students with the greatest choice and uses for their digital learning objects. Using Thin CC and other IMS standards, the district have assembled an impressive collection of learning resources of various types and sources that can be accessed with the greatest ease for the personalization of learning experiences. Join Dorothy Evans, Gwinnett County Public Schools (Coordinator of Instructional Solutions) and Tim Beekman (President and Co-Founder, SAFARI Montage) to learn how the district have increased resource flexibility and quality, and enabled instructors to create lesson plans of various resources that are easy to share and improve.

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Dorothy Evans

Coordinator - Instructional Solutions, Gwinnett County Public Schools
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Tim Beekman

SAFARI Montage, SAFARI Montage
Timothy R. Beekman, President & Co-Founder, SAFARI Montage, was founder of Dynacom, Inc., and a partner/owner of the former SAFARI Technologies, Inc. Mr. Beekman holds a BSEE from Western Michigan University and a First Class Broadcast License. He was honored as “Fellow of the Decade... Read More →

Thursday May 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:00am MDT

9:15am MDT

Meeting Learner and Instructor Needs with LTI Advantage
The IMS Learning Tools Interoperability standard has enabled an entire generation of learning tools to seamlessly, securely, and quickly integrate with key learning platforms across the education technology landscape. The newest release, LTI Advantage®, incorporates not just a critical evolution of the core standard (LTI 1.3) but a new framework-based architecture that allows for a true plug-and-play extensibility. LTI Advantage standard solves the problems of cobbled and disjointed user experiences, lack of visibility, granularity, and flexibility in reporting progress when using multiple tools, and concerns for the security of data. This session will feature institutional leaders sharing how LTI Advantage is improving the experience for learners and instructors


Nick Thompson

Assistant Director, Center for the Advancement of Teaching, UCLA

Thursday May 21, 2020 9:15am - 10:00am MDT