Higher Education Communities of Practice


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A resounding need is emerging across the Higher Education sector for resources to support the process of implementing IMS Global standards and practices to make it significantly easier to support next generation digital teaching and learning. To address this need, IMS Global member institutions launched the Innovation Leadership Networks to foster and support institutional collaboration. The networks are currently focused on: (1) Accessibility, (2) Adaptive Learning, (3) Digital Credentials & CBE, (4) Learning Data & Analytics, and (5) Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Leadership.

Each community network provides an interactive forum for members to exchange ideas and work collaboratively to help each other accelerate their progress by articulating best practices and developing use cases and other resources for the Higher Education Playbook. Network contributors are powerful advocates to help engage other institutions to participate in IMS Global and to advance the use of IMS Global standards by their suppliers. These Networks are at the intersection between a school’s curriculum and technology standards and are helping to shape the next generation of learning.


This leadership network is focused on accelerating adoption of an interoperable, accessible open ecosystem by articulating a clear alignment between accessibility requirements and IMS Global interoperability standards. As champions for the AccessForAll™ standard, the group is developing real world examples and scenarios as to how learning data and accessibility can drive personalize learning for all students.


  • Christian Vinten-Johanson (Pennsylvania State University)

Access Accessibility Community Forum

Adaptive Learning

This group is exploring ways to share and track content within and between adaptive learning systems and to map IMS Global standards to those systems to make it easier for academic and IT staff to support adaptive learning initiatives. Initial projects include the collection of use cases on the relationship between adaptive learning and competency-based education.


  • Lou Pugliese (Arizona State University)
  • Dale Johnson (Arizona State University)


Digital Credentials & CBE

This network is focused on advancing the interoperability standards needed for CBE, micro-credentialing and badging aware ecosystem.  It also is concerned with providing implementation best practices and support needed for extending the traditional transcript to digitally reflect a comprehensive record of achievement, and enabling the integration and transferability of high-value digital credentials.


  • Steve Gance (WA State Board for Community & Technical Colleges)
  • Jeff Grann (Capella University)

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Learning Data & Analytics

The focus of this institutional network is on accelerating the adoption and the use of clickstream data analytics from any educational application or platform. The participating institutional members are helping to further the adoption of Caliper Analytics® by developing real-world scenarios specific to learning data and analytics. They are also developing recommendations for implementation best practices, and other resources to support the implementation and use of data and analytics.


  • Oliver Heyer (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Adam Recktenwald (University of Kentucky)

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Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Leadership

This very active group is laser focused on achieving a plug & play ecosystem of learning platforms, apps, and tools to enable teaching and learning innovation. This group is collaborating on developing best practices, use cases, and other resources needed to help to make it easier for all IT, faculty, and students to utilize the content and technology they want. The current work of this community is focused around accelerating the adoption and conformance certification for the lastest version of the Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI) standard. 


  • Shea Silverman (University of Central Florida)
  • Britain Woodman (University of Michigan)

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