The eLearn Center at DXtera Academy in Chicago

5 July, 2019
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Francesc Santanach, from the eLearn Center, and Albert Ariza, from the Technology Area at UOC, together with Jeff Merriman, Dxtera’s CTO, presented the Next Generation Integration Scorecard (NGIS) project which is a methodology to help educational institutions in their digital transformation processes. 

The DXtera Academy was held in Indianapolis (USA) from 10 to 12 June this year. Francesc Santanach, representing the eLearn Center, and Albert Ariza, from the Technology Area, were present on behalf of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

DXtera Institute is a non-profit consortium of which the UOC has been a member for a year and a half. The members of DXtera carry out projects in collaboration with the aim of transforming Higher Education by removing the technological barriers presented by the majority of university information systems. The main focus of DXtera is the scalability and integrability of information, and above all access to data. Dxtera is financed by the economic contributions of the members of the consortium, and mainly by Strada, its most important sponsor.

At DXtera Academy, the eLearn Center, together with Jeff Merriman (Dxtera’s CTO), presented the Next Generation Integration Scorecard (NGIS) project which is a methodology to help educational institutions in their digital transformation processes. NGIS provides a set of tools that allow an institution to identify and explain its main functional areas and therefore evaluate both the integrability of new technological solutions and the real cost associated to these educational digital transformation projects.

After the Dxtera Academy, Albert and Francesc moved to Chicago (June 12 and 13) where they had working meetings with DXtera experts to continue advancing in this project.

Photo of the views from the Sterling Partners Offices building (33rd floor), the center of Chicago

If you want to know more about the activities in which the UOC has participated together with DXtera consortium, don’t hesitate to visit the post Envisioning the future of technology and education. A chronicle of the Next Generation by Design Symposium 2019.

About the author
Francesc Santanach has a degree in Software Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He works as an e-learning specialist and software engineer at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya's eLearn Center. He directs national and international projects for e-learning content, tools and standards, such as SCORM and IMS QTI platforms, videoconferencing, audio and video blogs, 3D environments, and integration and interoperability services based on IMS LTI and OKI OSIDs. He has also been a researcher in the field of e-learning, the author of teaching materials and an instructor at the UOC.
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