The benefits of Open Standards

A session at JISC Conference 2011

Tuesday 15th March, 2011

1:30pm to 2:30pm

Over the past 20 years, we have become completely dependent on ICT systems for the day-to-day running of our universities and colleges to the point that we couldn’t now imagine operating without them. But could we use these systems much more effectively?

This session will explore what information standards are and will identify key ways in which they could save universities and colleges money and free up resources for use elsewhere by streamlining routine processes.

Delegates will hear from two institutions where implementing standards has helped them to find real efficiencies. The University of Bolton has recently replaced its VLE WebCT with Moodle. Information standards such as content packaging have simplified the process of transferring data resulting in significant savings in staff time. At Southampton the question and test interoperability specification is being used to prevent lock in to one assessment system. Good questions take time to write and quality assure, so it is not cost-effective for staff to rewrite questions for each specific system.

The session will conclude with a panel question and answer session where attendees will have the opportunity to ask practical questions about how to make the most of an open standards approach in their institutions.

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Time 1:30pm2:30pm GMT

Date Tue 15th March 2011

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