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Comparing Roster Data Models: SIF Xpress, IMS Global, CEDS, and More


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Comparing Roster Data Models for K-12 Education Leaders, edtech vendors, and Standards bodies.

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Comparing Roster Data Models: SIF Xpress, IMS Global, CEDS, and More

  1. 1. 1 www.bardicsystems.comBardic Systems, Inc. - 1 1 Welcome to the “Comparing Roster Data Models” Webinar Presented by Bardic Systems, Inc. This webinar will summarize the results, and promote Q&A, about our study of the most common marketplace roster solutions and the cross-walked comparison of roster data models we published in December, 2015. Our goal is to help educators, data model providers, and vendors review the roster automation options and participate in planning for improvements in roster development. DATE: Jan 21, 2016 TIME: 3 PM Eastern / 12 PM Pacific, 90 minutes LIVE: Interactive, question-and-answer format with panelists and callers PRICE: Free to all attendees
  2. 2. 2 www.bardicsystems.comBardic Systems, Inc. - 2 2 Your Hosts and Panelists Education Data Analyst Jill works for Quality Information Partners as the technical development lead for the CEDS Normalized Data Schema. JILL PARKES CEDS Business Development Bardic Systems, Inc. Cable is a client-focused data specialist who is the primary contact for the Roster Comparison spreadsheet. CABLE DILL Bardic Systems CEO, OVRTR Jason is currently engaged as the program manager for the RIC One initiative in New York. JASON WRAGE Principal Analyst Jeff advises clients in the education technology sector at Eduventures, a research firm for higher education. JEFF ALDERSON Eduventures VP Marketing Bardic Systems, Inc. Julie is a marketing and technical .communications specialist with a background in product development. JULIE LAPOLITO Bardic Systems John is head of A4L’s technical projects and is an expert in interoperability in education. JOHN LOVELL A4L CEO, Bardic Systems, Inc. Alex is a technology strategist and data scientist, and a nationally recognized leader in education data and standards. ALEX JACKL Bardic Systems Consultant, Architect Dan advises the AU and UK governments on education technology and is the architect of the NY RIC One project. DAN INGVARSON NY RIC One OVRTR
  3. 3. 3 www.bardicsystems.comBardic Systems, Inc. - 3 3 The Roster Comparison Project What We Did In Education, the Roster is a fundamental building block of instruction, assessment, and administration. However, the specific ways that roster data is defined does not adhere to a single standard, thus making seamless transfer of roster information still far from a reality. 1 Data definition efforts include CEDS, A4L SIF, IMS Global OneRoster, Clever, and Ed- Fi. Each approach has its advantages and disadvantages and each has been adopted by a number of educational institutions and educational technology vendors. 2 To promote interoperability, A4L sponsored Bardic Systems to produce the “Roster Comparison Workbook,” a cross-walked comparison of the most common Roster Data Models used by educational institutions and educational technology software developers. 3 The PDF and Excel Workbook represent the results of the study and some initial conclusions based on what was discovered. Both are available at 4
  4. 4. 4 www.bardicsystems.comBardic Systems, Inc. - 4 4 Changes and Opportunities for Schools Why Focus on Roster Management Now? Instructional Technology: An Explosion of Apps and Services Different School Districts Have Different Needs Vendor Selection Shouldn’t Trap or Limit Schools 4
  5. 5. 5 www.bardicsystems.comBardic Systems, Inc. - 5 5 School Business & Admin HR & Finance Instructional Technology Food Services Compliance Instructional Technology Rapid Growth and Opportunity in Market Explosion 5
  6. 6. 6 www.bardicsystems.comBardic Systems, Inc. - 6 6 $ SIS, but low automation $$ Use SIS & LMS to manage data $$$ Dedicated IT staff Data warehouse Custom development Different School Districts Have Different Needs No “One Size Fits All” Small Still use manual data entry and procedures Medium Heavy use of CSV for data transfer Large Top 100 school districts Regional shared services 6
  7. 7. 7 www.bardicsystems.comBardic Systems, Inc. - 7 7 Demand for Open Architecture Transform Vendor/Client Relationships Flexible Services (within Vendor Universe) Flexible, Extensible, Highly Scalable Tightly Integrated, Proprietary Platforms Extensible, With more Control of Privacy and Security
  8. 8. 8 www.bardicsystems.comBardic Systems, Inc. - 8 8 • Identify systemic Roster Management problems & opportunities • Share this work with your technical staff • Choose solution appropriate to your size and budget, but plan for growth • Prioritize Vendor Independent Strategy • Create crosswalks to enable integration with other models • Provide basis for semantic comparison while engaged in model design • Provide basic definitions for all roster elements • Make your offering easier for customers to integrate into their environment • Use standards to avoid expensive custom, one-off client solutions • Provide guidance to internal development teams How Does Roster Comparison Benefit You? How You Can Use This Work Education Leaders Data Modelers Vendors 8
  9. 9. 9 www.bardicsystems.comBardic Systems, Inc. - 9 9 Open Discussion – Primary Challenges Moving the Market Forward Insist on vendor neutrality, open platforms, and unified standards. Create Demand Solutions such as Clever must work with school’s entire ecosystem. Cooperate Move toward Open Platforms Focus on Customers Starting with SIF & IMS data model unifications. Collaborate Non-standard solutions LMS & SIS Vendors School LeadersStandards Bodies
  10. 10. 10 www.bardicsystems.comBardic Systems, Inc. - 10 10 DESCRIPTION Until the standards bodies collaborate to create a Common Roster, schools and vendors should move toward a SIF xPress Roster framework either in place of, or in addition to, their current framework: 1. SIF xPress Roster is the prevailing method to pull the student rosters from Student Information Systems (SIS) 2. IMS Global’s OneRoster is the prevailing method to pull student rosters from Learning Management Systems (LMS) through LTI 3. SIF xPress Roster is the most comprehensive and vetted roster standard • Unify one standard data model • Ed-Fi and Clever: adopt unified model SIF & IMS • Until a unified model is available, standardize on SIF Xpress (or OneRoster for content vendors) SCHOOLS But First, Our Recommendations • Use the minimum viable roster based on SIF Xpress and OneRoster to build the Ed-Fi roster solution ED-FI
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  12. 12. 12 www.bardicsystems.comBardic Systems, Inc. - 12 12 For More Information For questions about roster data strategy and to support a simplified Roster, contact Alex Jackl, alex@bardicsystems.com1 For questions about the companion workbook, contact Cable Dill, cable.dill@bardicsystems.com2 To learn more about SIF, the Schools Interoperability Framework, and SIF Xpress Roster, visit Thank you for Attending!