Higher Education Communities of Practice


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The HED Innovation Leadership Networks (ILN) are designed to provide a productive networking model for college and university members to work together in a meaningful way to discuss pressing issues, share ideas, and build successful community-focused solutions. Each group focuses on compelling projects with clear milestones and deliverables to help participants and the HED community at large develop solutions, best practices, and strategic resources to enable digital transformation to support teaching and learning innovation. The ILNs are also the conduit for HED institutional members to provide input into current and future IMS technical projects. Participation in the HED ILNs is limited to current IMS institutional members.
Contact IMS for more information or complete this interest form to sign up to participate in a HED Innovation Leadership Network.

Academic and Technology Officers

This leadership network is focused on the sharing of strategies and success aimed at addressing the most pressuing issues of the relationship between CAO/CIOs (and their offices) as they scale their digital ecosystems to support student success.  

Academic and Technology Officers Forum

Academic and Technology Officers Meeting Information



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. Because of the common challenges faced across the spectrum of education delivery in this area, this ILN serves the entire K-20 IMS community.


  • Kelly Hermann (University of Phoenix)
  • Jennifer Lotze (Hudson School District) 

Accessibility Community Forum

Accessibility ILN Meeting Information


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.


  • Dale Johnson (Arizona State University)

Adaptive Learning Community Forum

Adaptive Learning ILN Meeting Information


Digital Credentials

This network is focused on advancing the interoperability standards needed to support lifelong learning utilizing micro-credentials and open badges to verify skills and competencies. 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)
  • Victoria Raish (Penn State)

Digital Credentials & CBE Community Forum

Digital Credentials ILN Meeting Information


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®.


  • Oliver Heyer (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Jenna Olsen (Western Governors University)

Learning Data & Analytics Community Forum

Learning Data & Analytics ILN Meeting Information


LTI Advantage and Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Leadership

This very active group is laser-focused on achieving a plug-and-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 latest version of the Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI) standard and LTI Advantage. 


  • Shea Silverman (University of Central Florida)
  • Terry O'Heron (Penn State)

Learning Tools & Content Community Forum

LTI Advantage and Learning Tools ILN Meeting Information


CASE Network ILN

The CASE Network of Competencies and Academic Standards is an authoring and distribution network of official CASE identifiers by standards authors, such as State Education Agencies (SEAs), and edtech suppliers. The purpose of the CASE Network is to make the creation, management, certification, and public distribution of official learning standards in machine-readable format more efficient than PDF’s alone. CASE Network provides a single, verifiable, trusted source of learning standards in CASE digital format, making it easier to support aligned instruction across the digital learning ecosystem. The CASE Network ILN—open to all K-12 and HED institutions and standards authoring organizations—will:
  • Engage standards authors as CASE Network issuers in the software design, build, and deployment process and the technical function for CASE Network
  • Provide a forum to identify and discuss opportunities that will inform the CASE Specification Project Group and CASE Network Task Force as to the specific needs of CASE Network issuers
Interested in joining the CASE Network ILN, please contact Bruce Umpstead, Director of State Programs. 

Interested in participating in a HED Innovation Leadership Network, just complete this short interest form