Cash for educational apps?

“The LTI standard makes integration of educational resources exponentially easier and fuels innovation in education,” said Rob Abel, chief executive of IMS Global.

Apps submitted to the bounty initiative will be judged by a panel of educational technology experts from various fields, including Abel, Chuck Severance, chief Sakai strategist for Blackboard, Hong Chau, instructional designer at Brown University, and Barry Dahl, community manager at Desire2Learn.

Top picks, as determined by the bounty program’s panel, will receive $1,000 in winnings.

Whitmer said that the joint effort from three of the most popular LMSs on the market – Desire2Learn, Instructure, and Blackboard – show that there’s a willingness to improve the openness of educational technology.

“Cooperation in education is fundamental to learning, and I believe it’s fundamental to creating a technology ecosystem,” he said. “Unfortunately, old style vendor lock-in has been a drag on the level of innovation and growth of a true ed-tech ecosystem. But with initiatives like the App Bounty, we’re working to fix that. … Educational technology has been a little behind in innovation and adoption, We’re seeing that start to change now because we have a lot of new players. It’s exciting for me to help us catch up and push forward with this idea of openness.”