Message from the CEO and the Chairman
To IMS Global Stakeholders Worldwide: We are pleased to present the annual report for the calendar and fiscal year 2019, the 14th consecutive year of growth for the IMS Global Learning Consortium. This report, now fully online and interactive for the first time, features some of the highlights of the IMS community's progress during 2019. This progress has been made possible by the dedication and commitment of IMS member organizations. As we write this, the world of education has been on the front lines of dealing with a radical shift caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hearts go out to the many people impacted—from the students, teachers, and parents whose daily life changed to everyone who lost loved ones under these unimaginable circumstances. In these times, IMS is offering extra support to K-12 and higher education institutions dealing with the unprecedented scale of digital learning and unforeseen need to fill gaps in their technology ecosystems to meet a challenge of this magnitude. We are pleased to report that IMS institutions in both sectors have fared well during this pivot and have been leading the charge in terms of implementing new flexible delivery modalities that will most likely sustain well beyond the pandemic. The work and leadership of the IMS community are now valued more than ever. Many institutions and suppliers have noted that it is difficult to imagine how digital learning could have scaled to current levels without the foundation of IMS standards. The work of IMS members has impacted the educational technology ecosystem for the better, enabling not only innovation but also resilience. Something we hope that all contributors—from over more than two decades—are very proud of sharing in. At IMS, we believe the future of education has great potential. In late 2019, we started what we believe will be a lasting effort to help define the future of student success by focusing on three primary attributes: equity, agency, and mastery. We believe that the current times and times ahead require strong leadership from all stakeholders to reinvent the future of education. We hope you will join us in creating the future together!
—Rob Abel, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium —Jack Suess, Vice President of Information Technology and CIO, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Chairman of the IMS Board of Directors