Partner Collaborations and Affiliations
IMS Global actively collaborates with a number of organizations to ensure that IMS specifications and practices for enabling better learning from better learning technology have a high level of applicability across learning domains and global relevance.
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) is a higher education member organization that represents approximately 4,600 institutions worldwide to promote best practices for records management, enrollment management, admissions, student services and administrative information technology. IMS and AACRAO are collaborating to extend the traditional transcript as a comprehensive digital record of student achievement to support innovative new education models such as Competencey Based Education.
American Council on Education (ACE) ACE, the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities, is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice. Our strength lies in our diverse base of member institutions. ACE participates on the IMS in the Talent Continuum, an expert advisory council for IMS Global's digital credentials and related standards. It's leading innovators in industry and academia coming together with a mission to ensure a seamless, interoperable user experience in an opportunity ecosystem, removing silos between learning organizations and the workforce.
Association of Public & Land Grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. APLU is actively involved with the IMS institutional Caliper Analytics leadership group to identify metric profiles needed to support adaptive learning technologies at scale.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded IMS a 3-year grant in the Fall of 2014 to accelerate deployment of IMS standards that provide a foundation for connectivity of learning platforms, digital courseware, tools and resources so that they can be used together to support the needs of instructors and students. It is anticipated that the results from this grant will greatly increase the number of personalized learning solutions that can be readily integrated by suppliers and institutions, providing greater choice for students, instructors and institutions to improve educational participation and achievement.
CCSSO / EIMAC mission is to ensure all students are well-prepared for college, careers and life, to develop and advocate cross-state collaboration on standards, policies and solutions, partner with state and local education agency leadership and leverage a collective influence throughout the education IT community. Through the CIO Network and EIMAC action groups on Financial Transparency, Education Technology, Data Privacy, and Infrastructure, EIMAC will continue to support states as they advance their strategic state vision by ensuring technology and information is available and effetely used to enhance decision-making and student learning.
CincyTech is one of the most active seed funds in the Midwest and participates in the IMS Start-Up Program. They provide advice and capital to entrepreneurs, helps research institutions commercialize technology through startups, and catalyzes investment from individuals and institutions into regional companies.
Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 220 institutions representing higher education, publishing, network and telecommunications, information technology, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI's Members.
Competency Based Education Network (C-BEN) is a group of colleges and universities working together to address shared challenges to designing, developing and scaling competency-based degree programs. IMS and C-BEN have been collaborating since 2014 to identify the applications, platforms and tools used for CBE programs and to address interoperability challenges.
Corportation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) is a non-profit whose mission is to catalyzes nationwide transformative change in education, economic, and workforce development through research and action. IMS and CSW work closely together in the area of digital credentials to support the mission.
Credential Engine and IMS Global have been working closely together and aligning development of specifications to support interoperability and Linked Open Data.
Dublin Core has established a widely accepted technical specification for meta-data for the content of digital libraries. The IMS Learning Resources Meta-data Specification incorporates major aspects of the Dublin Core by defining extensions that are appropriate specifically for educational and training materials.
EDUCAUSE is a non-profit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. IMS came into existence as a project within EDUCAUSE in 1995. IMS continues to have a close relationship with EDUCAUSE, including a close affiliation with the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), to align efforts to advance the effective use of technology to support teaching and learning impact.
European Committee for Standardization/Information Society Standardization System (CEN/ISSS) is an international association, formally recognized by the European Community, managing the cooperation amongst the national standards bodies of the 15 EU states, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. ISSS was formed to focus specifically on "Information Society" standardization requirements, and has established a number of open workshops. IMS is a participant in the CEN/ISSS Workshop on Metadata for Multimedia Information. In addition, IMS is involved in consideration of a Memorandum of Understanding with CEN/ISSS and other organizations to build consensus for educational technology, improving access to lifelong learning across Europe.
European University Information Systems (EUNIS) is an organisation focused on helping member institutions develop their IT landscape by sharing experiences and working together. IMS is frequently invited to participate in the their programs to expand awareness for IMS standards and practices.
GÉANT is a fundamental element of Europe’s e-infrastructure, delivering the pan-European GÉANT network for scientific excellence, research, education and innovation. Through its integrated catalogue of connectivity, collaboration and identity services, GÉANT provides users with highly reliable, unconstrained access to computing, analysis, storage, applications and other resources, to ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of research.
HERDI - The mission of HERDI is to provide better products and services for students, faculty and staff of America's Community Colleges by facilitating frank and critical dialogue between Community College leaders and the business community that seeks to serve them. IMS and HERDI collaborate to generate broader Community College awareness for the work of the IMS community to improve interoperability.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36) is a network of the national standards institutes of 157 countries, on the basis of one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. IMS GLC is a Category A Liaison.
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) publishes K-12 curriculum standards to help guide the integration and application of tools and curriculum that are aligned with teaching and learning goals. The goal for ISTE and IMS collaboration is to help districts create a framework for technology adoption for teaching and learning that addresses both the critical infrastructure and pedagogy factors.
MERLOT is a community of educators in higher education who collaborate to develop and disseminate high quality online resources for faculty to incorporate into their courses.