Require IMS Global Certification
When Purchasing EdTech Products
Ensuring that your educational technology tools are IMS Global Certified is the best way to establish a plug and play ecosystem that allows all of your tools and content to work together. If you are just starting out, you should review some of the resources IMS Global has developed to help you know what to ask for from your vendors and what to include in your RFPs. IMS Global offers assistance to our members who need help or guidance determining their needs.
Most importantly, you should verify that your products are IMS Global Certified by checking the product directory.
All resources which are not marked K-12 or HED are suitable for all institutions.
- Common Cartridge RFP Guidance and Checklist: An explanation of language to include in a procurement document and questions to ask suppliers.
- Thin Common Cartridge RFP Guidance and Checklist: An explanation of language to include in a procurement document and questions to ask suppliers.
Learning Tools Interoperability®
- Learning Tools Interoperability RFP Guidance and Checklist: An explanation of language to include in a procurement document and questions to ask suppliers.
- Open-Standards Requirements for Digital Content and Application Integration with Enterprise Learning Platforms: This brief provides explicit guidance for ensuring that requests for proposals for learning content or platform products address the use of open standards.
- Suggested LTI® Requirements for RFP & Procurement Agreements
- OneRoster RFP Guidance and Checklist (K-12): An explanation of language to include in a procurement document and questions to ask suppliers.
Question and Test Interoperability® (QTI®) and Accessible Portable Item Protocol® (APIP®)
- A Brief Primer on Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) and Accessible Portable Item Protocol (APIP) Conformance for End-User Institutions, Faculty, and Buyers of Digital Assessment Content and Systems: The IMS QTI and APIP interoperability standards provide a set of specifications that enable a rich collection of digital assessment content to be accessed from a wide variety of learning platforms, including learning management systems, authoring platforms, item/test repositories, assessment delivery engines, and web applications.
Details of Institutional Procurement Practices
- The School District of Lee County's Procurement Process
- Houston ISD Letter to Educational Resource Providers: HISD is requiring their suppliers to conform to the IMS Global standards to establish a standard way of integrating rich learning resources and applications (often remotely hosted) with their learning platform.
- Newburgh Enlarged School District's Request for Proposal Guidance Single Sign-On and Class Rosters: Newburgh Enlarged City School District created this Request for Proposal Guidance document to ensure their partners understand and adopt select open technology standards to eliminate the challenges associated to Sign-On and Class Roster Uploads.
- Volusia County Schools' OneRoster RFP Guidance and Checklist: Volusia County Schools is requiring all prospective digital content and tool providers to adopt one of two methodologies for enabling secure Single Sign-On (SSO) access to digital resources and requiring the use of IMS Global OneRoster v1.1 REST API for Class Rostering.
Higher Education Institutions
- A Hypothetical University RFP Function Requirement Document from the University of Toronto. See the following sections: Standards and Compliance, and Application Integration