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Streamline Your App Reviews

It is no surprise to anyone in higher education that you are getting more requests for new digital learning tools than ever before. Many of these tools provide fantastic learning opportunities, but do they meet your institution’s data privacy requirements? As leaders in edtech, IMS brings organizations together to solve problems. So, we’ve launched IMS TrustEd Apps—our community-developed process to vet applications and certify them in data privacy. To date, IMS has vetted thousands of learning tools and apps. See the results in the IMS Product Directory, which now also includes app vetting reviews of non-IMS member products. Suppliers are responding quickly to the program, with several organizations already earning the IMS TrustEd Apps Seal. As part of this new program, institutions can get certified and earn the seal too. The IMS TrustEd Apps Seal certifies that an institution completes training in the IMS App Vetting process and possesses the necessary skills to evaluate app policies for privacy using the IMS TrustEd Apps Rubric.

Higher ed institutions are encouraged to:

  • Seek out suppliers with the IMS TrustEd Apps Seal
  • Tell your suppliers to certify for IMS Data Privacy and earn the IMS TrustEd Apps Seal before procurement
  • Include the IMS TrustEd Apps Seal as a requirement in your contracts and RFPs

It is important to note that we have heard from some higher ed institutions that they need more information to be included in the IMS Rubric, while other industry rubrics (such as the HECVAT) are too much. So we have formed the HED Security App Vetting Task Force. This task force is working on identifying the crucial elements needed by most institutions to begin their approval process. These elements will then become part of an expanded rubric removing the need for each institution to duplicate this effort. Our current goal is to complete the initial work early in the new year. Email Cary Brown at to get involved.