Edtech integration and interoperability can cause headaches, but a new free solution can help.

Here’s one way institutions can handle edtech integration

Edtech integration can cause headaches if technology solutions aren't "getting along"--but a new free tool could help alleviate that pain

“This work is about giving institutions a common language for specifying and evaluating the integration capacity of software solutions, which will ultimately lead to a more effective application of technology for student and institutional success.”

The edtech integration tool draws on insights from across DXtera’s projects and its membership of more than 47 institutions and organizations to compare higher education technology solutions based on ease of integration. The NGIS is designed to provide colleges and universities with practical insights into whether potential technology solutions support the level of functional integration required to work together in a next-generation enterprise ecosystem.

Covering an initial set of 19 “functional areas,” spanning functionality found in many common educational systems, like student information systems and learning management systems, the NGIS is one of the first resources to provide language for higher education technology buyers looking to integrate solutions to serve the various needs of faculty, students and institutional administration.

The NGIS began as a collaborative effort between DXtera Institute and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), a globally-ranked and fully-online university based in Barcelona, Spain, and will continue to evolve through ongoing contributions from across the Institute’s membership base.

“As a fully-online, global university, the integration of new technology and systems is essential for UOC to accomplish our educational mission. From learning management and student success to content management, none of our systems are silos, and must all integrate meaningfully to support our staff and students,” says Francesc Santanach Delisau, Lab Team Leader and Engineer, eLearn Center, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

“As we explore emerging technologies, the Integration Scorecard will help us to evaluate products against a rubric that gives insight into how well they fit into our existing infrastructure, technology partners and the capabilities of our internal team.”

Laura Ascione