Why interoperability?

Students need challenging and engaging learning experiences.  Teachers need tools to help them plan, deliver and report on learning programs that meet student needs.  Parents expect to monitor and support student progress through online links to schools. 
Interoperability in education can be described through practical applications, including:
  • Improved access to learning resources and teaching tools
  • Reliable and secure transfer of student data
  • Online assessment and performance monitoring, and the linking of datasets used for reporting purposes
  • Integration of products and services from multiple providers to create a seamless user experience
  • Access to the same service on a variety of devices
With the growing dependence on information and communication technology (ICT) in education, the need for the interconnection of systems is essential.  The challenge of maintaining connections between systems spirals, however, as the number of systems grows.  

The role of standards

Interoperability relies on technical standards which act like a common rail gauge for sharing data between ICT systems, allowing information to be exchanged accurately, efficiently and economically. It relies on using agreed data standards and common approaches to connecting ICT systems.
With agreed standards in place delays often experienced in IT projects can be reduced or eliminated and efficeinces achieved through the re-use of processes, data and infrastructure.