Ed-Fi 101

Welcome to Ed-Fi

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This introductory course provides an overview of Ed-Fi, including the Ed-Fi Alliance organization and the technology it provides. Academy students learn how the Ed-Fi Technology Suite and Data Standard enable education information systems to talk with each other to provide comprehensive insights into student progress. The course also introduces the Ed-Fi Community, consisting of technologists and educators focused on solving problems and sharing resources.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for this course are: 

  • Understand how the Ed-Fi Data Standard and Ed-Fi Technology Suite securely and seamlessly connect education technology systems to enable the use of information in a meaningful way.  
  • Learn how Ed-Fi can help different organizations tackle their data interoperability challenges.  
  • Explore the Ed-Fi Starter Kits and other resources to help organizations solve problems.
  • Learn how to become an active member of the Ed-Fi Community through Ed-Fi events, community workgroups, and other collaboration opportunities.
  • Gain hands-on experience with and exposure to tools and resources that guide and support the Ed-Fi journey.
  • Understand the importance of a focused use case for a successful start to your Ed-Fi journey.  

Course Outcome

By the end of this course, Academy students will:

  • Understand the many ways Ed-Fi supports student success through the Ed-Fi Community and resources like the Ed-Fi Platform, Starter Kits, Implementation Paths, and Solution Guides.
  • Understand the fundamentals of interoperability and data standards.
  • Know the basic technical terminology that describes what Ed-Fi does — and how it does it.
  • Recognize the terms for the components of the Ed-Fi Data Standard, including domains, entities, attributes, descriptors, and associations.
  • Understand the importance of use cases to Ed-Fi development and implementation.
  • See how Ed-Fi supports every learner’s success by empowering a community of educators and innovators with real-time, comprehensive data.

Who Should Enroll 

  • Everyone. This course provides foundational information about Ed-Fi and is a prerequisite for every other Academy course.

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