Standards for interoperability are increasingly important as platforms, applications, systems, and technologies for learning and education proliferate. Many readers of this magazine are already familiar with SCORM and the Experience API (xAPI), learning management systems (LMSs), and Learning Record Stores (LRSs) because of the attention that government and corporate organizations have given them.
But what about the education field? The challenges for communicating information and for application compatibility become even greater there as educators strive to comply with national and state initiatives, such as (in the United States) Race to the Top and Common Core.
The IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC) is an international organization that develops open standards to meet these challenges. In this article, I offer a high-level overview of the group: a brief history and statement of its mission, its major standards, and a glimpse of where it is headed. The intent is to follow up in later articles with more in-depth looks at the major initiatives of IMS GLC.