Partner with IMS Global to Transform your Digital Ecosystem
- Is vendor lock-in with costly, time-consuming custom APIs and no guarantees for the future holding back your transformation to next-generation learning?
- Does your institution offer cutting edge digital credentials and learning records that support learners in advancing their education and careers?
- Can you ensure your faculty and learners that all integrations and data transfers are secure and that all tools and apps are free from hidden data collection practices?
IMS Global Learning Consortium is here with leadership and support for developing a secure, trusted digital ecosystems with seamless interoperability among systems that require no custom integration. IMS standards simplify IT and administrative processes, dramatically improve the learner experience with rich and engaging digital resources, and allow deep insights into digital resource usage and learner data. Implementing IMS standards promotes innovation with the flexibility required by higher education while ensuring that an ecosystem works today and in the future.
Now is the Time for Digital Transformation
Where is your institution in its digital ecosystem transformation? IMS is recommending key standards for higher education institutions to add to their transformation roadmaps. They are available today, widely adopted by vendors, have a proven track record in HED, promote higher usage of digital tools, and deliver high-quality learning experiences in-class and online.
Digital Transformation Using IMS Standards
If you are beginning your digital transformation, your institution can start simply with one or just a few standards, and add more as you establish your ecosystem. Using a foundation of IMS standards to build your ecosystem ensures a greater impact with a higher return for your investment and a path forward to a better future for your learners.
Build a Foundation
Colleges and universities around the world are using IMS standards to drive digital transformation.
Penn State University implemented a new approval process for all of its third-party learning tools for their LMS. When envisioning this system, Penn State knew they needed key stakeholders at the university—representing the Registrar, Office of Information Security, Software Engineering, and Teaching and Learning with Technology—to give each tool a passing grade based on their area. The bedrock for this approval process needed to be LTI Advantage. In the past, tools that implemented various LTI versions lacked consistency as well as the stable security that LTI Advantage lends to the institution. After becoming familiar with all of LTI Advantage’s roles and services, the different approvers realized that certified LTI tools only needed a brief review to find they met the needs of each area and could be fast-tracked. This has made Penn State’s LTI approval process a lot more streamlined and efficient. The time from start to implementation has significantly sped up as a result, which is so critical in today’s digital teaching and learning world, where tools change quickly, and today’s learners are ready to dive in and take advantage of the new tools at their disposal.
The small (but mighty) information technology team at the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) levels the playing field by using IMS as its slingshot. IMS standards allow KCTCS to shorten implementation time and evade vendor lock-in. Also, the streamlining of repetitive processes like reformatting and interpreting data frees up resources to prioritize teaching and learning. Leveraging LTI Advantage, the team retired clunky custom enrollment processes and shifted developers to focus on more innovative projects. For example, to meet the needs of all learners, KCTCS integrated a new accessibility tool directly with its LMS—empowering instructors to identify and revise their courses to be more accessible. Following the successful adoption of other IMS standards, KCTCS is energized to pilot the Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR). Once implemented, the CLR will provide students with modern credentials that are learner-controlled, skills-based, verifiable, shareable, discoverable, and interoperable.
University of Wisconsin System (UW System) took the opportunity to reimagine its systemwide learning technology platform and recently rolled out its new Digital Learning Environment (DLE). By shifting its perspective from an LMS-based content platform to a digital environment that creates information users can act upon, UW System realizes the many benefits of an interoperable suite of services and tools that allow it to maximize student access and success. As a result, the DLE was designed to incorporate technologies within the DLE in a standards-based and interoperable way. To ensure that enrollment data from the student information system flows into the LMS in near real-time, the UW System relies on the LIS standard to manage the information exchange. Each third-party, learning-technology tool integrated with the DLE is also carefully vetted using a rubric based on the IMS App Vetting Rubric to ensure the privacy of student data, as well as the accessibility and security of the DLE. Relying on the LTI standard allows rich integration of tools within the DLE and provides consistent access to data.