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IMS Working Groups Report Progress

The symposium provided IMS with an opportunity to report on the progress made on specifications by its working groups.

Below is a quick overview of what they had to report:


  • The Enterprise and Learner Profiles working groups, both of which have been in a low activity phase, may merge their work.
  • The Competencies group looks to be revived in the near future.
  • The Accessibility group has been presenting recommendations to other working groups to make specifications comply with accessibility requirements. This has been an important piece of work given new legislation on accessibility in several countries including the US.
  • The Metadata group has been working on harmonizing the IMS Metadata specification with the LOM specification produced by IEEE, moving the specification from a DTD to an XML Schema model, and producing version 1.2 of the specification for inclusion in SCORM. The group will submit a scope document for version 1.3 for approval by the board in November
  • The Question and Test group produced version 1.2 of its specification this year, and the group has been looking at a number of improvements. The group has found modelling some aspects of assessment very difficult, in particular adaptive testing and exposure control, and a number of other key questions have arisen, such as whether a Learning Management System (LMS) can trigger an assessment activity. According to group co-chair Steve Lay, version 1.3 of the QTI specification will be approved in the first quarter of 2002.
  • The Learning Design group has submitted a second scope document for approval, after the IMS technical board voted down its first scope document. The group is evaluating both EML and CLEO as a possible basis for a learning design specification, and will be testing both of these existing systems against members’ requirements over the coming months. The working group co-chair, Chuck Barrit of CISCO systems, announced that the group should be submitting its base document for approval in November.
  • The Content Management group is going into a low activity mode until questions of learning architectures progresses. The group released an update to its specification – version 1.1.2-earlier this year.
  • The Digital Repositories group is releasing a new white paper soon. The group is looking at a number of issues surrounding repository development, including media types, digital rights, and incorporation of multiple metadata types. The group is currently working on its base document.

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