Announcing ACT SkillSuite
ACT and IMS Global Launch New Learning Competencies Services
ACT, Inc., the nonprofit learning, measurement and navigation company, today announced the upcoming launch of the ACT SkillSuite product portfolio. ACT SkillSuite services enable schools, districts, and organizations to create, manage, publish and map competencies in digital format using the IMS Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange® (CASE®) standard.
State and local educators will now be able to use this new service to meet their local and national learning standards requirement with a set of tools that will facilitate a much easier experience.
ACT partnered with IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS) to incorporate ACT SkillSuite’s SkillAuthor and SkillMapper into services delivered through the IMS CASE Network. The ACT-IMS partnership provides IMS members with early access to member-only pricing for ACT SkillAuthor and ACT SkillMapper, launching in May at IMS Global’s Learning Impact Leadership Institute 2020. See www.act.org/SkillSuite for more information, to schedule an information session, and to inquire about IMS member benefits.
“We are very excited about our new SkillSuite offering and the benefits that it will provide to organizations,” said ACT CEO Marten Roorda. “The leadership and support offered by IMS for CASE is a huge benefit to the education industry, and to our customers.”
"CASE Network is the single, trusted source for transparency and verification of academic standards and workforce competencies that states and districts need to advance equitable digital learning ecosystems," said Dr. Rob Abel, CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium. "Through this partnership and commitment by ACT, we are adding a dynamic capacity to publish learning frameworks in CASE format and align them with world-class content to ensure all learners receive the resources to help them succeed."
SkillAuthor, developed from ACT’s experience leading and participating in the development of the IMS CASE specification and the open source tool OpenSALT©, offers a significantly enhanced user experience, helping organizations easily create competency frameworks using the CASE specification and publish to the CASE Network.
The cloud-based service, hosted by ACT, eliminates the need for organizations to establish their own service. SkillAuthor Enterprise users benefit from features such as private competency frameworks, public commenting, enhanced organizational authoring workflow, and notifications.
ACT SkillMapper is a self-service, machine-learning-driven tool which suggests the most likely match between two learning competencies, saving the subject matter expert time when searching among many available target skills for the best mapping accuracy.
SkillMapper source and target competency frameworks, and the mapping developed using the SkillMapper service, all leverage the CASE specification. SkillMapper Enterprise boasts web services endpoints, unlimited crosswalk creation, the ability to export data for visualizations, and notifications when new versions of crosswalks exist.
ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Grounded in 60 years of research, ACT is a trusted leader in college and career readiness solutions. Each year, ACT serves millions of students, job seekers, schools, government agencies and employers in the US and around the world with learning resources, assessments, research and credentials designed to help them succeed from elementary school through career. To learn more, visit www.act.org or find @ACT on Twitter.