Learning Impact Trend Framework

Learning Impact Awards Trend Framework

Learning Impact Trend Framework

At the core of the Learning Impact Awards competition is IMS Global’s Learning Impact Trend Framework. The project categories have evolved over the years as new trends appear and others become obsolete—evidenced by the number and focus of the innovative and impactful entries presented at each competition. The framework is a leading indicator of emerging edtech trends and offers planning guidance for educational institutions. 

Learning Impact Trend Category 


Advancing Teaching & Learning Innovation

Adaptive Learning & Online Homework 

Providing students with self-paced learning, feedback, and adaption while providing the teacher with information on individualized student progress.

Digital Resource, eText and Learning App Innovation

Innovative learning resources, tools, and applications aimed at improving access, affordability, and quality of education. Includes data gathering to measure student engagement, progress towards desired outcomes, program effectiveness, and usage of digital resources.

e-Collaborative Learning

Providing students & faculty with applications and opportunities to participate in and improve achievement via effective collaborative learning activities that complement traditional forms of delivery.

Gaming, Simulation, and Immersive Learning

Applications that give students and teachers opportunities to participate in effective experiential learning that is better than traditional alternatives.

Scaling Pedagogical Knowledge and Practice

Providing efficient and effective support to teachers and faculty in significantly improving facilitation and delivery of learning experiences.

Advancing Learning Environment Infrastructure

Blended Learning Optimization

Evolving traditional educational delivery models, featuring seamless technology environment for teachers and students to support effective combinations of online, classroom and in-context learning.

Digital Learning Networks

Achieving scalable deployment of educational resources, tools, and services toward specific and measurable access, affordability, and quality objectives.

Educational Accessibility and Personalization 

Technology-based solutions that ensure accessibility and personalization for all students, especially those with physical and learning disabilities.

Educational Application, Content, and Media Infrastructure

Technology infrastructure for enabling efficiencies in content development, searching, delivery, and mobile devices.

Integrated Digital Curriculum and Formative Assessment to Enable Student-Centered Learning 

Architectures, software platforms, and infrastructures that enable creation and selection from a wide range of curated digital content and tool alternatives by institutional users (faculty and students) with the help of digital assessment. 

Evolution to Next Generation Digital Learning Environments

Architectures and software platforms for managing the creation and delivery of learning experiences, including personalization, accessibility, and mobility

Advancing Educational Insight, Attainment & Planning

Assessment Enhancement With Digital Technology 

Applications and tools to assess student performance and outcomes.

Digital Credentials and Competency-Based Innovation

Competency-based programs to assess and award digital credentials beyond the traditional transcript.

Educational Pathways, Portfolios, and Learning Maps

Applications to help students navigate their educational experience to improve success and outcomes based workforce needs.

Learning Analytics

Collection, viewing and analysis of learning-related data to (a) understand student behaviors and progress, (b) understand a digital product and pedagogy use and effectiveness, and (c) improve teaching and/or learning.

Student Success and Outcomes-Based Learning Support Services

Applications and processes to enable teaching, learning, and placement tied to explicit outcomes and achievements.