Toward the Next Generation Learning Environment
Today’s Information Systems
Educational software products have traditionally been monolithic systems that are loosely connected to each other through poorly aligned data models, limited data feeds and awkward strategies for syncing information. Consequentially, the information systems that exist in an educational environment, such as Learning Management Systems (LMS), Student Information Systems (SIS), Content Management Systems (CMS), Curriculum Management (CM), among others, do not replicate information well. This issues leads to redundant and often misaligned data, confusion about data ownership, and growing security risk for personal or sensitive information. It also leaves those responsible for helping students succeed on their pathways without the timely, reliable data needed to bolster student success initiatives across the educational enterprise.
At DXtera Institute, our members and strategic partners are coming together to design the next wave of real solutions that focus on integrating these systems in a way that allows information to be shared easily, timely and accurately across their various platforms.
We call this effort, Next Generation By Design.
Designing for the Future of Education
Next Generation By Design (NGBD) takes a different approach by enabling richer user experiences, clearer information ownership and governance roles, less redundancy, and greater security of sensitive or private data. The approach is relies on two primary components:
- Applications: For administrators, educators, students, and anyone else involved in the process of teaching and learning, the user experiences can be served through a marketplace of apps. This will occur when such apps are configured to utilize the particular functionality supported by an institution. Put another way, this means that these applications are not always expected to persist their own data, and should be configurable to work with a particular institutional environment to utilize that environment’s preferred service endpoints for various kinds of data persistence and even functional access.
- Enterprise Infrastructure Services (EIS): These services support the NGBD institutional software infrastructure. EIS is the software that provides the foundation to support the application needs of the enterprise and is based on business functions and data models. These functional areas today are well documented and include areas such as assessment management, content management, learning outcome management, and course management.
The ultimate goal of next generation educational environments is to foster a growing and competitive marketplace of educational applications and software services. The NGBD marketplace will support consumer choice for infrastructure systems that support those applications.
Next Generation By Design Symposia Series
Throughout 2019, DXtera Institute and our partners across the world are hosting a series of collaborative meetings to engage our colleagues and peers in how to design the learning environment of the future. We hope you’ll join us at one of our upcoming events. For more information on these events, contact Lauren Lopez, director of operations.