IMS Global Learning Consortium

Help for Educational Institutions to Prepare for the Future

Lake Mary, FL (USA), July 2020 - IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global/IMS), a leading non-profit collaborative advancing educational technology impact, has announced its fourteenth consecutive year of growth in membership and revenue in its annual report of fiscal results and progress for the 2019 calendar year.

Fifty-one new member organizations joined IMS in 2019, with overall membership growing to 543. IMS members are leaders in the edtech community, representing top learning institutions, government agencies, and technology suppliers, and working together as equal stakeholders to advance the foundation for an innovative and interoperable digital learning ecosystem. Over the last fourteen years, IMS membership increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.14%. Revenue rose to over US$6.1 million, a CAGR of 14.25% over this same period.

IMS members contribute to innovations that improve the landscape of educational technology forever. Highlights from 2019 include

  • the final public release and a surge in demand for and adoption of LTI® Advantage, the foundation for rapid, data-rich, and secure learning tool integration
  • achievement of digital on day one by leading school districts leveraging OneRoster® as the cornerstone of their digital ecosystems
  • the launch of the CASE® Network of free state learning standards to streamline digital resource alignment
  • significant advancements in digital credentials and lifelong learning records from IMS Global's Comprehensive Learner Record and Open Badges standards
  • the emergence of a major upgrade to QTI®, the interoperability standard for the authoring, delivery, and outcomes reporting, which enables digital assessment innovation and accessibility worldwide.

IMS also saw record numbers of engagement in the IMS community-developed and governed certification and app vetting programs.

"We're witnessing in real time how our community work has better prepared our members to respond to their unique situation in dealing with changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Dr. Rob Abel, CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium. "It is both reassuring and exciting to see the year-over-year impact we're making on teaching and learning and the digital ecosystem - a true testament to the collaborative force of our members."