Higher Education Playbook Resources
The Higher Education Playbook is intended to help institutions streamline the learning curve around open standards and creating an integrated plug-and-play edtech ecosystem. The Playbook is designed to be an easy-to-use reference and resource center for academic and IT leaders, curriculum and education technologists, IT specialists, and development teams. These resources are created by institutional leaders of the IMS Global HED Innovation Leadership Networks. They are organized by the categories that guide the work of the communities and complement IMS Global technical work.
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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
- Edu-API: A new initiative driving the next generation of higher education student system interoperability.
- Learn about the IMS App Vetting Process.
Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) and LTI Advantage
- LTI Advantage Overview: An introduction to LTI Advantage services and how they benefit your digital teaching and learning ecosystem.
LTI Advantage FAQ: Frequently asked questions and answers for institutions and suppliers wanting to implement and certify for LTI Advantage.
LTI Advantage Toolkit (zip file): A compilation of helpful information and sample RFP language for IT organizations and procurement offices to reference when working with learning technology partners to adopt LTI Advantage and the latest LTI core standard (version 1.3). The toolkit includes:
- Sample RFP Language: Statement of Intent to Adopt IMS Global Learning Consortium Standards in a Timely Manner for institutions to use when guiding suppliers to support the most up-to-date features of LTI Advantage now and as the feature set evolves.
- An Open Letter from EdTech Leaders Endorsing LTI Advantage as the Preferred Industry Standard for Learning Tool Integration.
- Why Platforms and Tools Should Adopt LTI 1.3: a resource that can be used (in part or in whole) as a template for suppliers' communications with partners, internal stakeholders, and customers.
- 7 Things You Should Know About LTI Advantage: a briefing document from the 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI).
- LTI Advantage—5 Ways: an at-a-glance for educators that describes five ways LTI Advantage enables better user experiences and is the preferred method for digital tool integration.
An Open Letter to EdTech Providers underscoring the need for LTI Advantage adoption to ensure richer and better-supported integrations for institutional partners
- Learn how through the use of the LTI standard, the University of Central Florida has been able to significantly extend the capabilities of its learning management system.
- LTI Bootcamp Supplement: guidance on how to implement LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage including an animated overview of the standards.
- University of Central Florida Center of Excellence for LTI: resources and guidance to get started on implementing LTI.
- NEW How to Get an Advantage in Instructional Design (video): recorded poster session featuring UCF from the ELI Annual Meeting 2020 online.
- NEW LTI Advantage—Your Path to Trusted Student Privacy and Data Security: download an overview of LTI Advantage Security and its benefits for institutions.
- 7 Things You Should Know About Adaptive Learning: a briefing document from the 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI).
- From Adaptive to Adaptable: The Next Generation for Personalized Learning: A paper on leveraging IMS Global Learning Consortium Standards in a more cohesive way when implementing an Adaptive Learning system.
- IMS Global Accessibility Key Principles for Digital eText Materials (EPUB): A public draft articulating nine principles for institutions to consider when adopting and using digital course materials to ensure accessibility equity for all students.
- Elias, Mirette., Lohmann, Steffen., & Auer, Soren. (November 2016). Towards an Ontology-based Representation of Accessibility Profiles for Learners.
Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Educational Knowledge Management, Bologna, Italy, November 19-23, 2016, volume-1780, 51 - 59. Retrieved from http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1780/paper5.pdf.
- This paper was presented at the Second International Workshop on Educational Knowledge Management, Bologna, Italy, November 19-23, 2016. The authors propose to use and extend accessibility standards through an ontology that represents accessibility knowledge and requirements for learning context using the standards of IMS Global. Section 3 of the paper addresses their use of the IMS Global Learner Information Package Accessibility and the Access for All standard.
- Caliper Metric Profiles: common explanations of the types of data represented and validated using IMS Caliper Analytics
- Why Institutions Need to Care About Learning Analytics Data and Caliper Analytics
- IMS Global Learning Data & Analytics Key Principles - A document articulating eight principles for institutions to consider when implementing technology for the collection and use of learning data.
- Understanding Digital Credentials: explains the differences among Open Badges, Comprehensive Learner Record, and the Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange (CASE) standards and how they can also work in concert in HED
- Ways to get involved with Open Badges and connect with the Open Badges community
- A New Learning Model Paired with a New Kind of Transcript—Digital Style - A framework for extended transcripts: pilot implementation and results (April 2017). Joellen Evernham Shendy, Associate Vice Provost & Registrar, University of Maryland University College, and Insiya Bream, Assistant Vice Provost, Registrar Strategic Operations, University of Maryland University College.
- 7 Things You Should Know About Digital Badges: a briefing document from the 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI).
- At a bare minimum, institutions should require IMS Global conformance certification when purchasing new educational technology or renewing contracts. The IMS Global Certified Product Directory is the official listing of products that have passed IMS Global interoperability testing. Using these products will enable your institution to achieve the benefits associated with IMS Global. Products that are listed in this directory are guaranteed to meet the IMS Global standards for which they have passed testing. If you have experienced an integration issue with a product listed here IMS Global will work with the supplier to resolve the problem. If a product is not listed here, it has either not passed IMS Global certification testing or its certification has expired.
- Statement of Intent to Adopt IMS Global Learning Consortium Standards in a Timely Manner
- Suggested Caliper Analytics Requirements for Institutional RFP & Procurement Agreements
- Sample RFP Addendum specifying certified Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)
- 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
- Open Badges RFP Recommendations for IT organizations and procurement offices within educational institutions. This resource provides background on Open Badges, details features of the latest version (OBv2), and outlines considerations when specifying support for IMS-certified Open Badges as part of the procurement process.
- Suggested LTI Advantage Requirements for Institutional RFP & Procurement Agreements for institutional IT organizations and procurement offices.
- LTI Advantage Toolkit (zip file): a compilation of helpful information and sample RFP language for IT organizations and procurement offices to reference when working with learning technology partners to adopt LTI Advantage and the latest LTI core standard (version 1.3).