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JISC CETIS has been providing advice and support to the UK Higher and Further Education sectors for the past 10 years. In that time there have been profound changes in the technologies used to support teaching and learning and consequently the educational technology specifications and standards being developed. This area collects together articles, resources and events on the development of standards and specifications from across all topic areas.


09 Apr 2014 Simon Grant
The CEN TC 353 was set up (about seven years ago) as the European Standardization Technical Committee (“TC”) responsible for “ICT for Learning Education and Training” (LET). At the end of the meeting I will be describing below, we recognised that the title has led some people to think it is a committee for standardising […]
03 Apr 2014 Phil Barker
I had the pleasure yesterday to talk on the Mozilla Open Badges community call about how LRMI and Open Badges may intersect. Open Badges are a means of displaying digital recognition of skills and achievements, there’s a technical framework behind the badges that offers the means of providing data in support of the claimed achievement. […]
Metadata Competences Resource Description and Discovery Standards
28 Mar 2014 Adam's Workblog
Learning Analytics is now moving from being a research interest to a wider community who seek to apply it in practice. As this happens, the challenge of efficiently and reliably moving data between systems becomes of vital practical importance. System interoperability can reduce this challenge in principle, but deciding where to drill down into the […]
Standards Analytics
13 Mar 2014 Scott Wilson
While the OER community owes some of its genesis to the open source and free software movements, there are some aspects of how and why these movements work that I think are missing or need greater emphasis. 1. Its not … Continue reading
06 Mar 2014 Phil Barker
The educational alignment property and the associated alignment object that LRMI introduced into have been described as the “killer feature” for LRMI. However, I know from the number of questions asked about the alignment object and from examples I have seen of it being used wrongly that it is not the easiest construct to understand. […]
Metadata Resource Description and Discovery Standards

Standards Resources

White paper: Future of Interoperability Standards in Education Systems and Process
Date: Jan 2011
This paper summarises the Future of Interoperability Standards event that took place in January 2010 and brought together participants across a range of standards organisations and communities to look at the future of interoperability standards in the edu
Papers and Notes from Future of Interoperability Standards meeting
Date: Jan 2010
Position papers and discussion explored the relationship between relatively informal and formal specs/standards activities and how a more effective system might work.
JISC Standards Catalogue
Date: Jun 2009
A Resource for the UK HE/FE Technical Development Community, managed by UKOLN
Evaluating Standards - discussion and ideas
Date: Jun 2009
A paper by Adam Cooper (April 2009) addressing the question: “how do we know if a standard is fit for adoption” and discussing what fitness means and how we can assess it.
Reviews of Activity in Educational Technology Standards Bodies
Date: Apr 2009
A collection of reports describing CETIS activity in, and assessment of the dynamics of, several standards-related bodies.

Standards Publications

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