Lake Mary, FL/Seoul, Republic of Korea (PRWEB) February 12, 2008
Today the IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC) and the Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS) announced the signing of a formal memorandum of understanding launching IMS Korea. IMS Korea is a regional partnership between IMS Global and Korea in support of international standards and best practices in the use of learning technology. IMS Global is the leading membership consortium developing standards and best practices in the use of learning technology. KERIS is a national institution of the Republic of Korea that specializes in enhancing the effective use of ICT in education and research.
The IMS Korea partnership enables commercial organizations, institutions, and government entities in the Republic of Korea region to participate in international standards and best practice development through IMS Global, in conjunction with local activities through IMS Korea. Seven Korean organizations who are e-learning market leaders in Korea have committed to joining in support of IMS Korea, and as Contributing Members of IMS Global. These organizations are: SK C&C, Credu, Tekville, CTUnion, Daulsoft, DUNet, 4CSoft.
The activities of IMS Korea are as follows:
- Operating IMS Korea projects group in accordance with the projects of IMS GLC
- Developing a business model and creating a new e-learning market
- Fostering Korea's e-learning professionals and providing consulting
- Supporting e-learning standards (IMS or KS) application agencies
- Forming foundation for the future launch of Asia-Pacific IMS (Tentative name)
"With the formation of IMS Korea, the Republic of Korea has indicated an unprecedented commitment to leadership in the use of technology to enhance and support learning in the global theatre," said Rob Abel, CEO of IMS Global Learning. "IMS Global is pleased to enable this first of its kind partnership that will enhance international progress toward improved learning and education."
"IMS Korea is a foundational development for progress in ICT in education and research in our region," said Dr. Dae-Joon Hwang, President of KERIS. "With the formation of IMS Korea our regional community will have unprecedented opportunities for collaboration with organizations around the globe that are leading the development of commercially viable technologies to support the next generation of learning."
IMS Global is supported by over 100 organizations, including leading educational product suppliers and publishers, leading institutions of learning, and leading government organizations. Current Contributing Members of IMS GLC are listed at http://www.imsglobal.org/members.html . For inquiries regarding IMS Korea and other regional partnership of IMS GLC, please contact the consortium.
About IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC)
IMS Global Learning is a global, nonprofit, member organization that strives to enable the growth and impact of learning technology in the education and corporate learning sectors worldwide. IMS GLC members provide leadership in shaping and growing the learning industry through community development of standards, promotion of innovation, and research into adoption practices. For more information, including the world's most comprehensive set of learning technology interoperability standards, information on the annual Learning Impact conference and awards program, and free community resources for learning technology leaders, visit http://www.imsglobal.org.
About Korea Education & Research Information Service (KERIS)
The KERIS is a national institution which specializes in enhancing the effective use of ICT in education and research. Established in 1999, KERIS supports the establishment and implementation of ICT in education policies, while conducting research and analysis and providing quality education and research information services.
According to the ICT in Education Master Plans I-III of Korea, KERIS has undertaken various initiatives to improve teaching and learning in primary and secondary education: 1) National Teaching-Learning Center-EDUNET, 2) Cyber Home Learning System, 3) Digital Library System, 4) Educational Resource Sharing System, 5) National Education Information System for effective online educational administration, 6) National standardization of educational metadata and quality assurance system.
To enhance the quality of academic research in higher education, KERIS has successfully established and maintained the Research Information Service System. Also, KERIS has sought to promote international exchanges and cooperation to narrow down the global digital divide in education by supporting developing countries in using ICT in education and organizing international seminars and joint projects.