Ensuring that IMS certifies your educational technology applications is the best way to establish a plug-and-play ecosystem that enables all of your tools and content to work together.
If you are just starting out, review the IMS community-developed resources below to help you know what to ask for from your vendors and what to include in your RFPs. You'll also find procurement best practices—composed by and for K-12 districts and higher education institutions—and suggested language for requiring suppliers to be up-to-date on their IMS certifications. IMS offers assistance to members who need help or direction determining their needs.
Most importantly, you should verify that your products are IMS Certified by checking the product directory.
Sample RFP Language
For use when negotiating with suppliers to ensure the adoption and support of the most up-to-date features of IMS standards.
K-12 Statement of Intent to Adopt IMS Global Learning Consortium Standards in a Timely Manner
HED Statement of Intent to Adopt IMS Global Learning Consortium Standards in a Timely Manner
Sample Institutional Procurement Practices
Houston ISD Letter to Educational Resource Providers: HISD is requiring their suppliers to conform to the IMS Global standards to establish a standard way of integrating rich learning resources and applications (often remotely hosted) with their learning platform.
Newburgh Enlarged School District's Request for Proposal Guidance Single Sign-On and Class Rosters: Newburgh Enlarged City School District created this Request for Proposal Guidance document to ensure their partners understand and adopt select open technology standards to eliminate the challenges associated to Sign-On and Class Roster Uploads.
Volusia County Schools' OneRoster RFP Guidance and Checklist: Volusia County Schools is requiring all prospective digital content and tool providers to adopt one of two methodologies for enabling secure Single Sign-On (SSO) access to digital resources and requiring the use of IMS Global OneRoster v1.1 REST API for Class Rostering.
Higher Education Institutions
A Hypothetical University RFP Function Requirement Document from the University of Toronto. See the following sections: Standards and Compliance, and Application Integration
University of Wisconsin Digital Learning Environment (DLE) Interoperability Addendum, including sections on LTI, privacy, and accessibility.
Additional institutional resources are available in the K-12 Playbook and HED Playbook.
Standards Specific Guidance
Resources not marked K-12 or HED are suitable for all institutions.
Suggested Caliper Analytics Requirements for Institutional RFP & Procurement Agreements: An explanation of language to include in a procurement document and questions to ask suppliers.
- Common Cartridge RFP Guidance and Checklist: An explanation of language to include in a procurement document and questions to ask suppliers.
- Thin Common Cartridge RFP Guidance and Checklist: An explanation of language to include in a procurement document and questions to ask suppliers.
Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange® (CASE)®
- Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange RFP Template: This template comprehensively addresses how to request CASE along with related IMS standards.
- Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange Checklist and RFP Language: An explanation of language to include in a procurement document and questions to ask suppliers.
Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR)
- CLR Procurement Guidance: Sample statements for inclusion in an institutional RFI/RFP document, additional guidelines, and a sample set of requirements for a CLR-conformant credential management platform.
Learning Tools Interoperability® and LTI Advantage
- Why Platforms and Tools Should Adopt LTI 1.3: This document can be used (in part or in whole) as a template for suppliers' communications with partners, internal stakeholders, and customers.
- Suggested LTI Advantage Requirements for Institutional RFP & Procurement Agreements: A resource for institutional IT organizations and procurement offices.
- Learning Tools Interoperability RFP Guidance and Checklist: An explanation of language to include in a procurement document and questions to ask suppliers.
- Open-Standards Requirements for Digital Content and Application Integration with Enterprise Learning Platforms: This brief provides explicit guidance for ensuring that requests for proposals for learning content or platform products address the use of open standards.
- Sample RFP Addendum: Specifying IMS-certified Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)
- LTI Advantage Sample RFP Language: For institutions to use when guiding their suppliers to support the most up-to-date features of LTI Advantage now and in the future.
LTI Resource Search
- LTI Resource Search Checklist and RFP Language: This guide provides specific language for requesting products IMS certified for LTI Resource Search.
- OneRoster Conformance Certified Product Acquisition Screening Questions (K-12): Sample questions to ask early in the process of choosing vendors.
- Planning and Procurement Guide for OneRoster 1.1 (K-12): An explanation of language to include in a procurement document and questions to ask suppliers.
- Open Badges Procurement Guidance: Background information on the Open Badges standard, sample RFP language, and additional considerations when specifying support for IMS-certified Open Badges as part of your procurement process.
Question and Test Interoperability® (QTI®) and Accessible Portable Item Protocol® (APIP®)
- A Brief Primer on Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) and Accessible Portable Item Protocol (APIP) Conformance for End-User Institutions, Faculty, and Buyers of Digital Assessment Content and Systems: The IMS QTI and APIP interoperability standards provide a set of specifications that enable a rich collection of digital assessment content to be accessed from a wide variety of learning platforms, including learning management systems, authoring platforms, item/test repositories, assessment delivery engines, and web applications.