Industry report identifies interoperability standards as key enabler for better e-learning in schools

13th January 2009

SALTIS has today published a report identifying standards for technical interoperability as the key enabler for better e-learning in UK schools.

“Supporting Interoperable Learning Technology” argues that interoperability for learning content has the same significance for e-learning in schools as the three-pin plug had for the market in household appliances. It explains what deficiencies exist in current standards; outlines a strategy for action; and calls on technologists and educationalists to combine their different expertise in achieving this common purpose.

Crispin Weston, Chairman of SALTIS, commented: "Our conclusions will come as no surprise to those who have been following recent statements from BESA and BECTA. We are pleased to contribute to the emerging consensus, explaining for the non-technical reader, technical matters which may until now have appeared somewhat arcane.

"We are optimistic that we are now on the cusp of making rapid progress in this vital area. That is why it is so important that people come to grips with the issues involved and contribute to the process that is required to move forwards".

Notes to editors

SALTIS (Suppliers Association for Learning Technology and Interoperability in Schools) was established in October 2007 as a working group of the British Education Suppliers Association (BESA), specifically to address issues around technical interoperability in schools. Over 60 companies and organisations have jointed SALTIS as members or partners.

The importance of interoperability was highlighted by BESA’s Policy Commission, chaired by Charles Clarke, which reported on 5th November. Becta welcomed the commission’s recommendation that it should lead the development of robust standards, in close consultation with industry.

The SALTIS report will be distributed free at the BETT show, from 14th–17th January at Kensington Olympia; or is available for download, or can be ordered in hard copy, from www.saltis.org/papers.htm.

For further information, see www.saltis.org or contact SALTIS' Chairman, Crispin Weston, at crispin.weston@saltis.org or on his mobile on 07780 811 806.

Last updated: December 31, 2010