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Open Badges Update

Badge Connect (Open Badges 2.1) brings the ability for learners to authorize the copying of their badges from one platform to another, without the need to download and upload individual badges. This flexibility provides learners more control over where and how they share their achievements. Open Badges 2.1 is now in Candidate Final status and is available for public review and comment. We expect several early adopters to achieve certification in the coming weeks.

HED Security App Vetting

The TrustEd Apps program is proving to provide immediate benefit to IMS members by assisting in the evaluation of solutions for inclusion in the institution's ecosystem and providing greater insight into data privacy policies and how they align with your expectations and requirements. Our higher ed members have stepped forward and asked for an even greater degree of rigor in helping to understand the landscape of tools and security. With that in mind, we launched the HED Security App Vetting Task Force. Working closely with EDUCAUSE and leveraging the HECVAT, the Task Force is creating an extended Security section within the IMS App Vetting Rubric that will give institutions confidence in moving forward with their due diligence as they consider new tools and solutions. For more information on the project or if you're interested in participating, contact Cary Brown at cbrown@imsglobal.org.

New HED Members

Join us in welcoming three institutions that have joined IMS as Contributing Members!

Central Piedmont Community College

Southern Orange County Community College System

University of Missouri

Upcoming Meetings

IMS Digital Credentials Summit 2021 1-4 March 2021 | Online

IMS CLR Roundtable 22 March 2021 | Online

IMS Learning Impact 2021 4-7 October 2021 | Atlanta, Georgia

Go to the IMS Events page for the full list of upcoming events, meetings, and activities. Access to information on some events depends on your IMS membership level.

Not an IMS member yet but want to get involved?

Adaptive POC

IMS Global's Adaptive Task Force presented their work-in-progress at the Quarterly Meeting in February. The group shared their two deliverables:

  1. A set of vocabulary to provide a foundation for their philosophies and future work
  2. A Proof of Concept

The Proof of Concept's main use case is Instructors can author, customize, and select content within an adaptive course with the content in the order of their choosing and have the flexibility to make easy changes for their own teaching or for others. It both bundles and breaks apart many IMS specifications so that the content within the viewer is viewable, understandable, and then "remixable" by course authors so that the content isn't beholden to live only with a certain platform and can be edited in order to meet the instructors' pedagogical intent plus the learners' needs. The Proof of Concept itself is a Common Cartridge viewer, which displays key data within a cartridge like metadata, CASE-aligned standards, assessment questions based on the QTI standard, LTI links to the content, and in the future state will include capturing Caliper events. The group is interested in hearing from suppliers who would be interested in certifying to the specification, and/or institutional members who are willing to partner with suppliers to adopt. Log in to the Adaptive Learning Task Force member forum for more information or get in touch with Kathryn Green at kgreen@imsglobal.org, Technical Program Manager, if you have questions.

February 2021 Member Meeting

Recordings of most of the sessions from the recent IMS Quarterly Meeting are available to registered attendees via the Attendee Website! Just navigate to the session on the agenda and click the “Watch recording” button.

Meeting Spotlight

The IMS Digital Credentials Summit 2021 is right around the corner!

Don't forget to register (it’s free to IMS members!) and plan your agenda. With more than 50 sessions and a slew of industry-leading speakers, this is a unique opportunity to be a part of the transformation of the education experience and work with colleagues from K-12, higher education, business, and workforce development to define and enable the talent continuum.