Institutions Can Provide Greater Choice, Flexibility & Innovation


IMS Global Higher Education Members Are on a Sustainable Route to Making the Most of an Accelerating Landscape of EdTech Innovation and Creating Resources That the Entire Higher Education Community Can Utilize to Support Next Generation Digital Learning
Listen to this EdTech Times Podcast to hear IMS Global CEO, Rob Abel, discuss how interoperability can improve educational experiences for both teachers and students.


Participate in the Connected Learning Innovation Community

The IMS Global Higher Education member community, under the leadership of our Higher Education Institutional Leadership Board, has been helping institutions implement IMS Global open standards and practices that yield the following benefits:

  • Greater Innovation: enable an instructional environment in which technology "gets out of the way" and becomes highly supportive of next generation teaching and learning environments
  • Better Data Access and Educational Insight: remove significant barriers to collecting and analyzing data to support student success initiatives
  • Seamless User Experience: synchronize user, course and context information to eliminate manual transfer of information and enable single sign-on to make the use of technology much easier for teachers and students
  • Flexible Pathways to Degree Completion: enable personalized learning and pursuit of non-traditional programs to assess and award credentials beyond the traditional transcript
  • Improve Efficiency and Reduce Integration Costs: significantly reduce the time and money it takes to integrate third-party learning platforms, tools, and content into the institution's digital ecosystem

IMS Global standards have been critical to the integration strategy we have been pursuing in the Teaching and Learning space at Michigan. Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) in particular has reduced associated effort levels and cost by at least an order of magnitude over custom solutions.

Sean DeMonner

Sean DeMonner

Director of Enterprise Teaching & Learning Applications, University of Michigan

Dr. Charles Severance discusses the future of educational apps:

Dr. Charles Severance

Clinical Associate Professor of Information
School of Information,
University of Michigan

See connected apps & platforms!

Rob Abel, Malcolm Brown & Jack Seuss provide a leadership perspective on Connected Learning in EDUCAUSE Review

From 10-100X Digital Revolution to the Connected Learning Innovation Challenge


Higher Education (HED) Playbook:
Resources to Help Institutions Transition to a Fully Integrated Digital Ecosystem to Support Next Generation Learning

The HED Playbook is an easy-to-use reference and resource center for academic and IT leaders who are implementing a digital transformation strategy to support personalized learning to improve outcomes. Created by IMS Global member institutions, these resources are designed to help institutions of all sizes shorten the learning curve around the adoption of IMS interoperability standards to create a plug-and-play integrated teaching and learning ecosystem.





Innovation Leadership Network

Community members benefit from the exchange of ideas and collaborative work to accelerate their progress towards an integrated edtech ecosystem.


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Getting Started

Case studies, articles, videos and much more to help institutions transition to a fully integrated digital teaching and learning ecosystem.


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Procurement Resources

Ensuring that your educational technology tools are IMS Certified is the best way to establish a plug-and-play ecosystem. IMS Global has developed RFP language and checklists that districts can use when procuring digital platforms, apps, and tools.


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LTI Advantage

The next phase of integration for the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard comprising three extensions that focus on providing the best user experiences with your teaching and learning solutions.