Opinion
States Opinion

K-12Lead of the Week

By Marc Dean Millot — September 18, 2007 3 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Online Public Education is a Highway, Not a Turnkey FactoryFrom the September 17 issue of K-12Leads and Youth Service Markets Report.

Announcement: New Mexico Statewide eLearning System (NMSELS) Of The IDEAL-NM Project Due September 25 (Sep 14) New Mexico Higher Education Department

Their Description:

The New Mexico Department of Higher Education (NMHED) or “Agency” seeks proposals from prospective offerors for the acquisition of software and services for a New Mexico Statewide eLearning System (NMSELS) to support the goals of the IDEAL-NM eLearning project. The NMSELS learning management system must be a Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) solution that can be procured as either a vendor-hosted or agency-hosted solution. It must support a range of applications that can supplement traditional classroom instruction, integrate online and face-to-face instruction, and deliver totally online courses and programs....

The Agency’s vision is to implement a statewide eLearning system to support the vision of IDEAL-NM (Innovative Digital Education and Learning in New Mexico).... a statewide eLearning support system for all learners served by PK-12, higher education, and state agencies through an advanced technology infrastructure. The statewide project will reduce geographic, schedule, and administrative barriers to educational opportunities for NM learners while increasing their technological literacy and enhancing their ability to participate in a digital information economy....

Learning Management System (LMS).... All proposals will offer core features specifically related to “course development” and the capability of interfacing with student records systems.... Successful solutions must provide the following core requirements:

• The solution must operate in both vendor-hosted and agency-hosted environments.
• ...include tools that support the learner, the teacher, and course designers
to enable the delivery of online learning.
• ...address the need to migrate existing online course content from a variety of
LMS platforms.
• ...accommodate a full range of content including, text, multimedia, and laboratory simulations.
• ...support a wide variety of pedagogical approaches and designs, accommodate diverse learning styles, and provide mechanisms that promote community among the learners.
• ...be web standards-based and comply with the most recent version of the guidelines of SCORM, IMS, QTI, IMS Enterprise, IMS LIP, IEEE, LOM, and other national and international specifications and standards organizations.
• ...be easy to integrate with other academic and administrative systems.
• ...have the capacity to function in a standalone environment or in single or multiple hosted environments.

Learning Object Repository (LOR)....based on industry standards for the storage and retrieval of digital or non-digital objects that may be used for learning, education, or training....

Hosting Services.... The NMSELS project may be implemented in a vendor-hosted and agency-hosted environment. Since hosted services may be required in some instances, the Agency seeks a vendor capable of providing hosted services. Vendor’s hosted service shall provide all required robust hardware, bandwidth, and interface tools necessary to provide quality services as requested.

Our Thoughts: This RFP is for the transportation infrastructure required to support a marketplace for online learning providers.

New Mexico’s vision of elearning consists of a technological trunk on which state education agencies can attach the education systems they need, rather than a turnkey factory with every activity laid out on the shop floor. To put it directly, the state wants only part of a firm like K-12 Inc’s offering, not “the whole enchilada.”

Interoperability is a requirement facing those who would build NMSELS - and those who would travel its information superhighway for public education. ••••

The opinions expressed in edbizbuzz are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Reading & Literacy Webinar
Your Questions on the Science of Reading, Answered
Dive into the Science of Reading with K-12 leaders. Discover strategies, policy insights, and more in our webinar.
Content provided by Otus
Mathematics Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table: Breaking the Cycle: How Districts are Turning around Dismal Math Scores
Math myth: Students just aren't good at it? Join us & learn how districts are boosting math scores.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Achievement Webinar
How To Tackle The Biggest Hurdles To Effective Tutoring
Learn how districts overcome the three biggest challenges to implementing high-impact tutoring with fidelity: time, talent, and funding.
Content provided by Saga Education

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

States Republican and Democratic Governors Both Are Touting This K-12 Priority
Workforce readiness and career and technical education were the most common education themes in governors' state of the state addresses.
6 min read
Heidi Griebel and Josie Wahl participate in carpentry class at Career and Technical Education Academy in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Jan. 7, 2019.
Heidi Griebel and Josie Wahl participate in carpentry class at Career and Technical Education Academy in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Jan. 7, 2019. CTE programs were a core theme of several governors' state addresses in 2024.
Loren Townsley/The Argus Leader via AP
States School Chaplain Bills Multiply, Stirring Debate on Faith-Based Counseling
Proponents say school chaplains could help address a mental health crisis. Opponents raise concerns about religious coercion.
6 min read
Image of a bible sitting on top of a school backpack.
Canva
States What's on the K-12 Agenda for States This Year? 4 Takeaways
Reading instruction, private school choice, and teacher pay are among the issues leading governors' K-12 education agendas.
6 min read
Gov. Brad Little provides his vision for the 2024 Idaho Legislative session during his State of the State address on Jan. 8, 2024, at the Statehouse in Boise.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little outlines his priorities during his State of the State address before lawmakers on Jan. 8, 2024, at the capitol in Boise.
Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP
States Q&A How Districts Can Navigate Tricky Questions Raised by Parents' Rights Laws
Where does a parent's authority stop and a school's authority begin? A constitutional law scholar weighs in.
6 min read
Illustration of dice with arrows and court/law building icons: conceptual idea of laws and authority.
Andrii Yalanskyi/iStock/Getty