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About the LTSC

by Brandon Muramatsu last modified 2007-04-08 09:08

About the LTSC

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The IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee (LTSC) is chartered by the IEEE Computer Society Standards Activity Board to develop internationally accredited technical standards, recommended practices, and guides for learning technology.

The IEEE LTSC follows an open and transparent, formal standards development process.

The IEEE LTSC coordinates with other organizations, both formally and informally, that produce specifications and standards for learning technologies.

The IEEE LTSC is governed by a Sponsor Executive Committee (SEC) consisting of working group chairs and elected officers.

Membership is required to view Working Group and Study Group documents and post to email lists, and to vote on draft standards and participate in ballot resolution. Individuals interested in participating are encouraged to contact the relevant Working Group and Study Group chairs and explore the Working Groups and Study Groups potion Web site before becoming a member.

Standards Development Process

There four stages to standards development work in IEEE LTSC:

  1. Project Initiation: Projects are initiated by existing Working Groups or by external groups who propose new standardization projects. Projects must be approved by the IEEE New Standards Committee. Please contact the LTSC Chair for more details.
  2. Standard Development: The bulk of the work in creating a standard involves developing a draft standard that is ready for the formal IEEE approval process. This work is carried out within the individual working groups listed in the Navigation panel to the left. Work is done via email lists, teleconferences, and face-to-face meetings as needed. Any materially interested person may participate. LTSC membership is required for posting to the mailing lists and accessing working group and study group documents and IEEE Standards Association membership is required for voting. Membership is only available on an individual basis - organizations may send individual representatives but may not join as "entities."

    Note: The same process applies to "standards," "guides" or "recommended practices." The difference among these three work products lies only in the degree to which they are normative (standards), informative (recommended practices) or suggestive of alternatives (guides).

  3. Standards Approval: When a Working Group decides it is ready (and the LTSC Sponsor Executive Committee approves), a draft standard is put into the formal IEEE Sponsor Ballot process. This is managed by and requires membership in the IEEE Standards Association, which in turn requires membership in either the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE or both. Please see the membership page for more details.
  4. Standards Maintenance: Maintaining a standard is the responsibility of the Working Group that produced it. Please contact the appropriate Working Group chair if you would like to comment on an existing standard.

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