The International Baccalaureate has partnered with Tes, the world's largest community of education professionals - including 100,000 IB educators - on a resource-sharing service to help improve learning outcomes worldwide.
The collaboration will combine the size and scale of the two organisations to support teachers in curating and sharing teacher-created resources and best practice in IB teaching and learning from across the world via a dedicated education community hub.
The service, planned for launch in 2018, will initially focus on the Diploma Programme (DP) and be available in English. Ahead of the launch next year, the IB will be recruiting an advisory team of teachers and education experts to ensure that the platform fully meets the needs of the global IB community.
As part of the continuous development of the service, the IB and Tes will be seeking broad-based user feedback to guide future features and additions.
A key function of the service in the future will be a sophisticated algorithmic review and ratings system, which will showcase submitted resources relative to a set of stringent IB standards. Resources which are rated particularly highly will be given prominent placement on the site to ensure they are easily found and widely disseminated among educators.
IB director general Dr Siva Kumari said: "Teachers in the IB community are known for their ethos of sharing best IB teaching practices generated across all age groups, in very diverse schools internationally. This collaboration will allow our already interconnected world to be more international than ever before."
Commenting on the collaboration with Tes, she added: "The collaboration between our two organisations will make possible the IB's vision to create an IB Agora on its own: to allow IB teachers to share teaching resources with each other globally, while the IB validates these resources, and shares high value educational practice with an even larger world of non-IB teachers.
"It is especially timely given the prevalence of web-based teaching and learning and Tes' competency in this area, that the IB and Tes are cooperating to add significant value to teachers globally. Teaching is a noble profession and teachers, we know, do not have enough time to create new resources every day. This initiative is to salute teachers' efforts in IB classrooms around the world, and to enable them to share with their colleagues across the world or in the next country."
Tes chief education and external officer Lord Jim Knight added: "Tes is delighted to be working with the IB to help IB teachers come together online. The IB is unique in combining an inspirational global vision with a world beating curriculum. At Tes we are very excited to be extending our global resource sharing platform to offer this dedicated community of teachers their own space for sharing professional expertise."