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About 1EdTech Consortium

Advancing the Innovations that are Transforming EdTech Forever


1EdTech EdTech Innovations Timeline 2010-2020


Better Learning from Better Learning Technology

1EdTech Consortium (1EdTech) is a highly effective, nonprofit, member organization that is committed to advancing technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. To ensure that the “Learning Impact” of technology-enabled innovation is achieved around the world, 1EdTech's influential community of educational institutions, suppliers, and government organizations develops open interoperability standards, supports adoption with implementation resources, and encourages adoption through programs that highlight effective practices.

Together, the 1EdTech member community is a force multiplier to accelerate digital transformation to enable education institutions to be more innovative, provide a more seamless user experience, and dramatically reduce the cost of integrating products into the educational enterprise systems.

1EdTech members participate in any or all of the aspects of the 1EdTech work: from standards creation to adoption of edtech innovation to large-scale deployment of technology to achieve learning impact (improving access, affordability, and quality of learning). The interaction and feedback among these three "stages" of market adoption are critical to the success of the open architecture and the fostering of new opportunities throughout the sector.


1EdTech is supported by the 1EdTech membersthe world’s leaders in educational and learning technology. Leadership in 1EdTech comes from K-20 institutions as well as edtech suppliers, including leading learning technology product suppliers and publishers, leading institutions of learning and training, and leading government and professional consortia. 1EdTech is organized under the U.S. tax code as a non-profit membership organization. 1EdTech operates under a world-class intellectual property rights (IPR) policy and the provisions of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act, providing maximum IP and antitrust protection on behalf of the members and the millions of users of 1EdTech standards around the world. 1EdTech is managed by the 1EdTech Board of Directors, who represent a 1EdTech Contributing Member organization as well as the sector at large. A majority of the Board are elected by the Contributing Members.


In 1997, IMS Global Learning Consortium came into existence, under the name IMS Global Learning Consortium, as a project (the Instructional Management System project) within the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative of EDUCAUSE. In 1999, the then IMS spun out of EDUCAUSE to become an independent non-profit organization. While IMS got its start with a focus on higher education, the specifications published to date as well as ongoing projects address requirements in a wide range of learning contexts, including of course K-12 schools and corporate and government training. 1EdTech continues to have a close relationship with EDUCAUSE and numerous other education and training associations. 1EdTech also has numerous partnerships with standards-setting groups and government bodies around the world. In 2022, IMS became 1EdTech. Guided by our member organizations, 1EdTech will continue the 20+ year legacy of IMS, accelerating open standards and innovation from learning environments to digital curriculum to assessment to insightful data to digital credentials.

Scope of Work

1EdTech has published a broad range of learning technology interoperability standards available under a royalty-free license. Standards development is led by member-based workgroups from various parts of the world, depending on need and interest. 1EdTech also provides robust developer communities to aid in the adoption of 1EdTech work, including the sharing of open-source code libraries, reference implementations, and conformance certification. End-user organizations established numerous advisory groups in specific areas to develop institutional best-practice and how-to guides, as well as to guide the priorities of 1EdTech technical work.