Contest for Apps that Interact with Learning Management Systems

The LTI App Bounty is a competition where people can develop apps that can be incorporated into multiple learning management systems. These are not (necessarily) mobile apps – just mini services that play well with systems like Blackboard, this site healing erectile Sakai, case pharmacy Moodle, Desire2Learn, and Canvas.

I’m excited to see this happen. It’s definitely a step in the right direction and could lead to some innovative tools. This also creates a way-in for people who are early in their ed tech careers. I don’t think the prizes – $1000 is the top amount – are enough for this to make a real splash compared to the potential impact of a good app and millions of dollars in venture capital money floating around, but it’s a start.

Here is a short presentation about the project:

Here is the quote from the Chronicle:

Isolated. Too exclusive. Antisocial.That’s how Brian Whitmer, a founder of Instructure, describes the education-technology sector, particularly the space occupied by developers of learning-management systems like Instructure’s Canvas. “It’s become clear that ed tech does not have the type of ecosystem that other sectors have,” he said. “It’s hampering innovation. We need to fix that.”To call attention to that problem, Instructure and other learning-management-system providers, including Blackboard and Desire2Learn, are offering cash rewards to encourage the creation of apps using the Learning Tools Interoperability standard, or LTI.

via Instructure Offers Bounty for New Educational Apps – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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