Kentucky Fields CIO Team

Kentucky's Commonwealth Virtual University, working in conjunction with PeopleSoft Inc. and eduprise.com, recently unveiled the first open standards-based system that enables the integration of World Wide Web-based learning delivery systems and enterprise student administration systems.

Pleasanton, Calif.-based PeopleSoft Student Administration System was integrated with Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based eduprise.com's enterprise learning solution by using the newly ratified Instructional Management System (IMS) speculations.

IMS establishes a uniform code that back-office, systems can use to work with student information systems that handle records and course development, and vice versa, said William Graves, chairman and founder of eduprise.com. PeopleSoft and eduprise are the first two companies to adopt and employ the new standards at Kentucky's virtual university (www.kcvu.org), which offers continual online access to courses from 22 of the state's 59 colleges and universities.

"Educational system providers can now work with all the different back office systems and vice versa without having to write different codes [for different vendors]," Graves said. "Right now at KCVU, we're running through the process of automatically pulling information out of the PeopleSoft system to populate the course standards," and other educational data for the eduprise component, he said.

More information about the IMS project is available on the Web at www.imsproject.org.

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