Institutions Can Provide Greater Choice, Flexibility & Innovation


IMS Higher Education Members Are on a Sustainable Route to Making the Most of an Accelerating Landscape of EdTech Innovation and Creating Resources That the Entire Higher Education Community Can Utilize to Support Next Generation Digital Learning



Participate in the Connected Learning Innovation Community

The IMS Higher Education member community, under leadership of our Higher Education Institutional Executive Board, has been helping institutions implement IMS open standards and practices that yield the following benefits:

  • Greater Innovation: Enable an instructional environment in which technology "gets out of the way" and becomes highly supportive of next generation teaching and learning environments
  • Better Data Access and Educational Insight: Remove significant barriers to collecting and analyzing data to support student success initiatives
  • Seamless User Experience: Synchronize user, course and context information to eliminate manual transfer of information and enable single sign-on to make the use of technology much easier for teachers and students
  • Flexible Pathways to Degree Completion: Enable personalized learning and pursuit of non-traditional programs to assess and award credentials beyond the traditional transcript
  • Improve Efficiency and Reduce Integration Costs: Significantly reduce the time and money it takes to integrate third party learning platforms, tools and content into the institution's digital ecosystem

IMS standards have been critical to the integration strategy we have been pursuing in the Teaching & Learning space at Michigan. Learning Tools Interoperability in particular has reduced associated effort levels and cost by at least an order of magnitude over custom solutions.

Sean DeMonner

Sean DeMonner

Director of Enterprise Teaching & Learning Applications, University of Michigan

Dr. Charles Severance discusses the future of educational apps:

Dr. Charles Severance

Clinical Associate Professor of Information
School of Information,
University of Michigan

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Rob Abel, Malcolm Brown & Jack Seuss provide a leadership perspective on Connected Learning in EDUCAUSE Review

From 10-100X Digital Revolution to the Connected Learning Innovation Challenge



Connected Learning Innovation Challenge

Ongoing app challenges and resources to establish connected IT architectures and policies.



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HED Playbook Resources

Resources to help streamline the learning curve for those working towards integrating digital curriculum, tools and data.


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Communities of Practice

Community members benefit through the exchange of ideas and collaborative work to accelerate their progress towards an integrated EdTech ecosystem.


HED Institutional Executive Board Sponsors

Connected Learning Innovation Challenge and App Challenge is made possible by support from corporate sponsors and institutional advocates.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation