Higher Education Playbook

Higher Education Playbook

The Higher Education Playbook helps institutional leaders shorten the learning curve on adopting open standards. Academic and IT leaders, curriculum and education technologists, IT specialists, and development teams can use this easy-to-use reference and resource center to build a seamless and future-ready plug-and-play edtech ecosystem. IMS members participating in the HED Innovation Leadership Networks create and evolve these resources to benefit the community-at-large.

New Resources Spotlight

Intro to IMS TrustEd Apps (recorded webinar): Learn about the IMS community-driven process to vet teaching and learning apps and certify that they meet IMS standards for data privacy. Sign up to participate live in the next webinar on 1 December.

CLR Roundtables: Recordings from the monthly Learn & Lead open forum where institutional leaders and IMS staff lead discussions on topics of interest to those seeking to implement and utilize Comprehensive Learner Records on their campus.

CLR Procurement Guide: Sample language for including the IMS Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) standard in an institutional RFI/RFP document.


Higher Education News: View and share the latest IMS newsletter for higher education leaders. This edition focuses on Streamlining Your App Vetting with IMS TrustEd Apps.


Digital Transformation Using IMS Standards

HED Playbook resources are organized for easy access to the support and resources you need to ensure success at any stage in your institution's digital transformation.

Build a
Build equity with a trusted, seamless plug-and-play digital ecosystem.
Increase equity with personalized learning and build learner agency with actionable data.
Add even more equity by recognizing learner mastery and accomplishments, tracking competencies, and providing for flexible pathways.

Getting Started

  • At a bare minimum, institutions should require IMS standards certification when purchasing new or renewing educational technology products. The IMS Product Directory is the official listing of products guaranteed to meet the IMS standards for which they have passed testing. Using these products enables your institution to achieve the benefits associated with IMS. If an IMS member experiences an integration issue with a certified product, IMS works with the supplier to resolve the problem. If a product is not listed, it has not passed IMS certification testing or its certification has expired.

  • A Hypothetical University RFP Function Requirement Document from the University of Toronto. See the following sections: Standards and Compliance, and Application Integration.

  • University of Wisconsin Digital Learning Environment (DLE) Interoperability Addendum, including sections on LTI, privacy, and accessibility.

  • University of Wisconsin External Tool Integrated Checklist

  • Statement of Intent to Adopt IMS Global Learning Consortium Standards in a Timely Manner

  • IMS Global Glossary of Terms: This glossary of terms provides definitions of terms commonly used throughout IMS that users may wish to better understand. It is by no means an exhaustive list of definitions related to our communities, but it has been carefully crafted in the hopes that it will aid in the facilitation of shared understandings of interoperability.


Building a Foundation


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Enhancing Learning


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Recognizing Achievement


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