The initial focus for Edu-API is to enable information exchange between student information systems and learning management systems. It will support the exchange of data about people, courses, programmes, modules, enrollments, gradebooks, etc. Edu-API is based upon the IMS OneRoster specification. A number of key features are being added to support the needs of higher education and to enable internationalization. A Publish/Subscribe based message exchange binding is also being investigated. The requirements and outcomes of the European Edu-API Task Force will be incorporated into the general work of the core Edu-API Working Group.
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Consultancy & Integratie Architect
EdTech Architect, UOC
Francesc Santanach-Delisau is EdTech Architect at UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya - Open University of Catalonia). He is responsible for Education Technologies architectures at the institution, providing the vision, the principles and mechanisms for the improvement and growing of the EdTech ecosystem at UOC. He has been engaged in projects in the field of learning technologies ever since 1998 and is expert in disciplines such as interoperability, learning analytics and AI. He holds a Master degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering of the UPC (Universitat politècnica de Catalunya - Polytechnic University of Catalonia).
IMS Europe Program Director
Dr Gill Ferrell supports the IMS member community in Europe. In a career spanning over 30 years she has managed the implementation of administrative IT systems in higher education and led research and edtech projects in areas such as assessment, learning design, course management, learner records and learning analytics. She directed a UK-wide support service for Jisc providing advice, guidance and training in ICT for further and higher education providers in the UK and, as an independent consultant, she has been involved in projects of national significance. For almost 20 years she has volunteered with EUNIS fostering knowledge exchange and developing communities of practice across European higher education.
Gill holds British and French nationalities and lives in south-west France.
Jonathan was co-promoter of Digitary (www.digitary.net), which now has national services for secure digital higher education credentials and micro-credentials in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, Canada and Japan. He co-founded the Rome Student Systems and Standards (RS3G) group in 2007 that brought vendors together with the standards community and provided direction and a route-to-implementation for standards in student mobility. RS3G spawned standards initiatives in the European Association for International Education (www.eaie.org) and the European Universities Information Systems Association (www.eunis.org). He was a founding signatory in 2012 of the global Groningen Declaration Network (www.groningendeclaration.org) and subsequently held held senior roles in US higher education technology company Ellucian (www.ellucian.com) and at Indian multi-national Tata Consultancy Services (www.tcs.com) where he led education market activities and education platforms business in Europe. He is founder and CEO of Pivotal EdTech (www.pivotaledtech.com) that aims to enhance the development and commercialisation of EdTech.