IMS Japan Society Conference



Rob Abel will deliver the keynote address (pre-recorded) and a live session on Friday, 10 September.

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Enabling All Learners to Achieve Without Limits

During this opening keynote, Dr. Rob Abel, CEO of IMS Global Learning Consortium presents the latest status and areas of focus for IMS. Dr. Abel discusses highlights from the IMS annual report for 2020 and also provides details of progress through 2021 up until mid-August. IMS is currently growing membership at a record rate as the advantages of collaboration on educational technology have come to the fore via the COVID era, but are also clearly of great importance into the future as the use of technology to support learning grows. Some of the focus areas discussed include the IMS TrustEd Apps program, LTI Advantage, Digital Credentials, and a new trend of utilizing IMS Caliper and other standards to enable architecture for educational research.


IMS Chief Architect Colin Smythe answers questions about IMS Global technical standards in a Q&A session, and presents on:

Improving EdTech Interoperability: Conformance, Certification, and Characterization

Certification is an important part of the IMS EdTech ecosystem. Certification demonstrates the vendor's commitment to creating a sustainable EdTech ecosystem. One of the benefits of IMS membership is the ability to list certified products under the IMS product directory. This directory is the official list of products that have passed the IMS Interoperability Certification. The corresponding conformance test system is created as part of the development of the IMS specification. These conformance testing systems are used to demonstrate certification. We introduced characterization as part of our efforts to improve support for adoption and adaptation of IMS specifications. The characterization provides more details on how the deployed system supports the relevant IMS EdTech interoperability specifications. In this presentation, the IMS Chief Architect explains:

  1. Importance of conformity and certification.
  2. Why compliance is not a useful measure of interoperability.
  3. How can characterizations be used to ensure interoperability?
  4. How can the Japanese IMS community begin preparing to use characterization?