Higher Education Playbook

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.

Visit the HED Community page to learn more.

Procurement Resources

  • 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.
  • Brief Primer on Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) conformance for end-user institutions, faculty, and buyers of third-party services and tools for integration into Learning Platforms.
  • Suggested LTI® Requirements for RFP & Procurement Agreements
  • Suggested Caliper Analytics® Requirements for Institutional RFP & Procurement Agreements
  • Sample RFP Addendum specifying certified Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)

Best Practices

Research & Development

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