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.

Getting Started

  • HED Revolution Program Overview: a handout outlining a four-part pragmatic approach to implementing a digital transformation strategy using IMS standards
  • IMS Global Glossary of Terms: This glossary of terms provides definitions of terms commonly used throughout IMS Global 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—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 from EdTech Leaders Endorsing LTI Advantage as the Preferred Industry Standard for Learning 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
  • LTI Advantage Overview: an introduction to LTI Advantage extensions
  • LTI Advantage FAQ: frequently asked questions and answers for institutions and suppliers wanting to implement and certify for LTI Advantage
  • Sample RFP LanguageStatement 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
  • Learn how through the use of the LTI standard, the University of Central Florida has been able to significantly extend the capabilities of their learning management system.
  • 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.
  • NEW 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).
  • NEW 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). 

Adaptive Learning


Caliper Analytics 

Digital Credentials

  • 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.

Procurement Resources 

Technical App Notes